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House of the Bears



Materials:

large, medium, and small bowls
large, medium, and small chairs
large, medium, and small doll beds
large, medium, and small bears (cutouts or stuffed animals)



Instructions:

1. Tell the children the story of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."
2. After talking about the story, read them the following poem, "House of the Bears."
3. Show the actions to accompany the poem: searching with hand above eyes; indicating size with hands, from big to tiny; and the first two fingers making "running away legs" at the end.
4. Pause after each verse and ask what Goldilocks saw next.

House of the Bears
When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,
What did her blue eyes see?
A bowl that was big, a bowl that was small,
A bowl that was hardly there at all.
Too hot! Too salty!
Just right: yummy!
When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,
What did her blue eyes see?
A chair that was big, a chair that was small,
A chair that was hardly there at all.
Too high! Too low!
Just right: crash!
When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,
What did her blue eyes see?
A bed that was big, a bed that was small,
A bed that was hardly there at all.
Too hard! Too soft!
Just right: sleepy!
When Goldilocks went to the house of the bears,
What did her blue eyes see?
A bear that was big, a bear that was small,
A bear that was hardly there at all.
Ferocious! Scary! Angry!
HELP!

5. As you read the poem point to the different sizes of objects as they are mentioned. Talk about big, smaller, and smallest. Ask the children to point out similar items in the room that have different sizes (pencils, tables, paper, and so on).
Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia of Math Activities for Children 3 to 6
Center: Math/Numbers/Reasoning
Topic: Numbers
Content: Mathematics
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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