When we set up for our build a bear day, it is always as exciting for me as the students! It always amazes me how the children can take so many steps and put it all together to end up with such a detailed and fantastic result! I have organized this in so many different ways but this year our Bilingual kindergarten teacher gave me a few tips that really worked. She had all her students pick the pieces they wanted to build the bear. After choosing them, she stapled them into a packet that the students then used like a coloring book until all the coloring was finished. As a second part of the lesson, the children then cut out all the pieces and assembled the bears. Remember that if you color with crayons, use liquid white glue so the parts stay together. When I have used a glue stick with crayons, there was a tendency for them to fall apart if the crayon was applied heavily. I also love to use the finished bears as a story starter. This year we are even going to use them to make an iMovie! Check out the photos below!