These bear brain breaks are perfect for winter time movement, or using in a bear theme in school or in therapy. Sometimes, brain breaks are the perfect tool to can help with movement or sensory needs in the classroom. We used a favorite childhood book to come up with bear themed brain breaks that can be used alongside the book in a movement and learning activity or in a bear-themed classroom activities. Not long ago, we shared more brain break ideas that you might like to add to your classroom.
Use these bear brain breaks along with ideas from our hibernation activities for more winter fun!
Bear Brain Breaks
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Have you read the book, “Time for Sleep” by Denise Fleming? My kids loved to hear about all of the animals as they prepared for sleep over the winter. We decided to try a few bear gross motor moves based on the book.
Bear Theme Brain Breaks
Stretches and whole-body movements that happen in a calm manner are a great way to prepare for sleep, so these activities went along nicely with the bear in the book as well as the getting ready for sleep theme.
If fidgeting, wiggling, or just a break from screens is needed, try these movement breaks to help.
We created these themed brain breaks to go along with the book, Time to Sleep, but they are perfect for any day (or when paired with other bear books)!
If you are looking for resources for sleep or bedtime relaxation stretches, we shared some based on another children’s book.
Looking for more bear themed activities? Try these hands-on ways to play with a bear theme based on bear books like “Time for Sleep”.
Fun and Therapeutic Polar bear Activities
Polar Bear Therapy Slide Deck– Free! Perfect for virtual therapy sessions
Polar Bear Self-Regulation Deep Breathing Activity
Bear Says Thanks Fine Motor Activity
LiTERACY BEAR THEMED ACTIVITIES
- Bear Paw Names from Rainy Day Mum
- Upper and Lower Case Bear Matching Puzzles from Sea of Knowledge
- Bear Paw Alphabet Tracks from Inspiration Laboratories
NUMERACY BEAR THEMED ACTIVITIES
- Sorting Bears Big, Medium and Small from My Storytime Corner
- Colour Games for Kids from JDaniel4’s Mom
BEAR THEMED RECIPES
- Teddy Bear Bread from Messy Little Monsters
BEAR CRAFTS AND IDEAS FOR PLAY
- Three Easy Bear Themed Crafts and Activities for Kids from Toddler Approved
- Preschool Bear Craft (Painting) from Preschool Powol Packets
- Bear Themed Learning Activities from Mama Smiles
- Printable Bear Number Game from Educators Spin on It
These brain breaks would be a great addition to our Winter Fine Motor Kit, loaded with winter theme and bear activities! It’s got all things fine motor in print-and-go activities. You’ll find lacing cards, modified handwriting sheets, pencil control strips, cutting activities, crafts, coloring exercises, and MUCH MORE!