This is the first year in many that I have done fairy tales with my students. I have incorporated many fractured fairy tales and diverse fairy tales for lessons and in our classroom library for this fairy tale unit. Did I mention I am teaching in person again?! It is only one day a week, so we still have twice weekly zooms and remote activities, but I am thrilled to be back in the classroom with PreK students! Yesterday over zoom, we read Goldilocks and The Three Bears and did the porridge taste-test featured below. I wanted to share more Goldilocks and The Three Bears Activities and ideas you can use in your preschool and kindergarten classes. Get all the printables seen in this post by clicking here.
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Goldilocks and The Three Bears Activities for Math Centers
The first math center activity is one I love doing with my students during free choice. Using unifix cubes, they can measure elements of the story. Not only are they working on the concept of measurement, how many cubes tall is Goldilocks? What about Baby Bear? They are working on counting and fine motor skills too.
Another math center classic is these simple dice games. You can do it as a roll and cover game or move your marker ( in our case, a button) along as you roll and count. Children will be working on various math skills with this activity; subitizing as they recognize the amounts on the die, one-to-one correspondence as they place the markers down to cover the dots, or count each one to get to their next stop.
The Three Bears Free Choice Art
Make your own bear. It’s a simple concept, but Build-A-Bear Workshop will tell you it’s also very engaging. Children won’t be stuffing their bear, just making it their own.
Start by cutting a bear out of a paper bag. I’ve included a plain bear printable in the pack for you to use as a stencil. I encourage you not to print the bear image out. Let your students get as creative as possible with a blank bear.
Make items like buttons, googly eyes, and crayons available. I keep free-choice art simple; children don’t need tons of craft supplies to get creative. Create!
Playdough Activity for Goldilocks and The Three Bears
There are so many ways you can do this playdough activity; really, it’s about giving your students the materials for them to be creative. Gather your materials. I got playdough in various colors, google eyes, buttons, playdough rolling pins, cookie cutters, and some items to make fun textured fur.
Start by making brown playdough by mixing various colors. Green and red make brown, but so can green, purple, and orange. This is a fun way to extend learning at the playdough table. Of course, you can also have brown available.
After it’s made time to make your bears.
You can decorate them with whatever you have on hand. Playdough is an essential tool for fine motor development, especially when you add in googly eyes and buttons.
STEM Activity for Goldilocks and The Three Bears
I love Lego. It’s one of the best toys for developing fine motor skills, and kids love playing with it. This is the most straightforward idea, and if you are giving your students individual tray activities, it’s easy to do that with this. Pop some Lego on a tray and invite your students to make some beads for Goldilocks and The Three Bears. The sign seen in the photo is included in the download.
Friday in my class, we are reading Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs, and I’ll be putting these out with toy dinosaurs for my students to make dino beds.
Group Activity for Goldilocks and The Three Bears – perfect for zoom.
Porridge taste testing is a fun way to incorporate a little “cooking” and explore children’s sense of taste and smell while doing a group graphing activity. In a typical year, I would have read the story, made a few bowls of each flavor, and given my students a small amount of each at free choice, and helped them fill this sheet out. Then at circle time, we’d make the graph together. However, nothing is normal right now, folks. So we sent this home.
Send the sheet and two packets of instant oatmeal home. We used plain and maple & brown sugar. My students tasted this at home and filled out the sheet.
When we got together, we read the story ( this version is my favorite, but I’d love to hear which one is yours) and completed this graph. I held up post-its with my students’ names on them. They recognized their name and held up their sheet. Then we graphed the results. As you can see, I have a column for “no thank you” as well. I want my students to feel empowered to decline food politely. They don’t have to taste either. In a class, I would likely ask them if they’d like to smell them and tell me which they think smells better, but I wouldn’t insist if they resisted.
Here’s the printable download link one more time – get all the printables here for free.
Need more Bear Activities? Check out these Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See ideas.
These are fantastic ideas for preschoolers in any setting. See these great preschool activities and more here.
Get more Fairytale ideas in my Fairy Tales Thematic Unit in my teacher shop!