We love Jesse Bear. Along with Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, we loved It's About Time, Jesse Bear ~ a fun book with endearing rhymes and poems. After we had finished the planned activities (from the manual and the supplemental activities below), Mali wanted to spend another week playing with boxes (from "Boxes are Best" for Jesse Bear ~ a poem in the book) and more. I love that it is inspiring him to come up with ideas on his own.
Here are the highlights of our week:
Weather Bear Paper Dolls:
Malachi colored his on his own. I had Eliana color hers and then I helped her by very lightly coloring in the rest. (I wanted to be able to see her coloring still.) Then I cut them out, laminated them and added velcro to attach the clothes (instead of the tabs). This way, they last much longer. They had fun with these and they tied in perfectly with the story.
Jesse Bear's Rhyming Pairs:
Whole Grain Bear Pancakes:
(Sue Gregg's Blender Batter Waffles and Pancake recipe made with brown rice and oats - you can't even tell they are not made with white flour.)
Sprouts in a Bunch and Celery Crunch for Lunch:
Jesse Bear eats sprouts bunched on celery, so I spread cream cheese on the celery and then added the sprouts. They loved it! I also put a bunch on their sandwich.
Potato Shape Stamps:
We used these to decorate the freezer paper on the table for a table cloth for a . . .
Jesse Bear Picnic!
Luke took them to the park while I made the Sandwich Bear and decorated. They were so delighted!
Elli waiting patiently for everyone:
Mali did a good job loading up his plate - he got a little of everything - a healthy lunch!
(Notice their Jesse Bear clothes?)
Another highlight was playing in their new turtle sandbox. In the story, Jesse Bear plays in the sandbox, so we did too.
A big highlight of our week is that Malachi learned to ride a bike.
Learning to get started on his own (without the push).
It is quite comical how it ended up happening. Mali and Elli both wanted the Strider bike. In an attempt to make peace, Luke encouraged Malachi to try to ride his new bike (that we bought him last summer). . . and he took off! And Elli happily ran alongside with the Strider.
After seeing Malachi ride the first time he tried, I am convinced it was because he learned to balance with the Strider.