The Three Bears Extension Activities
Two hands-on activities to extend the story of the three bears and their friend, Goldilocks
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
What Would Goldilocks Do?
- Manipulatives that can be sorted by size, such as screws, doll furniture, cubes, paper clips
- Trays, baskets, or paper plates for sorting
Using a variety of manipulatives, set up and label trays so that children can sort materials by size.
- Label the trays as “big things,” “medium-sized things,” and “little wee things.”
- Encourage children to sort the items by size and to recall the items in the story that were big, medium, and little.
Observation: How do children approach the problem and sort by size?
- The Three Bears
- Clay hammer
- Etching tools
- Rolling pin
- Plastic knives
Children can make bear dioramas by recreating a scene from the story using clay.
- Encourage children to form small groups and to select a scene from The Three Bears that they want to recreate.
- Give each group a shoebox, and encourage children to work together to make the objects.
- When the dioramas are finished, ask the children in each group to describe what is happening in the scene they have depicted. Write down responses on a card, and attach the card to their diorama.
Observation: Notice which scenes children choose and how they describe their dioramas.