Teddy bears’ picnic: Bear necessities

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By Sharon Campbellearly years practitioner, after-school club manager and freelance writer

Focus on the children’s affection for teddies to help them develop a range of basic skills

Bear necessities

1 Teddy bear’s feelings

Use a teddy to talk about emotions

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Self-confidence and Self-esteem

Development matters: express their feelings within warm, mutual, affirmative relationships (8-20 months); express needs and feelings in appropriate ways (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: respond to significant experiences, showing a range of feelings when appropriate.

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Large space; pictures expressing different emotions and facial expressions; teddy bear.

What to do

Invite the children to sit in a circle on the floor. Ask them what they think the word ‘feelings’ means. Encourage them to describe some words for feelings, for example, ‘happy’, ‘sad’, ‘cross’, ‘surprised’, and so on.

Show the children the pictures expressing different emotions and facial expressions. Ask the children to look at you and make a happy face, then a sad face.

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