It is fun to count blessings with kids. Talking about the things that we are thankful for is one thing that I look forward to every day with my kids. This Bear Says Thanks activity is a fine motor activity that goes along with the Bear Says Thanks book…and talking about gratitude with kids. It’s perfect for expressing gratitude this time of year! Using a preschool book to work on specific skills in therapy, the classroom, or home can be a fun way to incorporate things like fine motor work, scissor skills, sensory activities, or other areas.
Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity
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If you haven’t read the Bear Says Thanks book, be sure to grab it at your library. It’s a must-read book for preschoolers, especially this time of year. Kids love this book and it’s a fun way to work on fine motor skills and counting tasks.
We used something we had on hand and tend to play with a lot…beads!
For this Bear Says Thanks preschool activity, we used just two items:
Our pipe cleaners were sent over from our pals at www.craftprojectideas.com.
For this activity, read the book, Bear Says Thanks.
Then, get ready to talk about the things that your child is thankful for. It might be a discussion of gratitude for good friends like Bear has.
This Bear Says Thanks activity is one we created as part of the Virtual Book Club for Kids series
To do this Bear Says Thanks Gratitude Counting Activity:
Take the pipe cleaners and bend them into number shapes. You can help your kids with this part or your family can work on this task together.
Then, use pony beads as counters as you name and count your blessings. We expressed thankfulness and gratitude for each bead as it was placed onto the pipe cleaner number.
Kids can work on counting skills as they count out the beads and thread them onto the number pipe cleaners.
This was such a great way to sneak fine motor work into a literacy activity while expressing gratitude with the kids!
So tell me, what things are your kids thankful for? I would love to hear! Let me know in the comments below.
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