Bear Says Thanks Activity

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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.

Add these fine motor activities to your line-up, too.

This Bear Says Thanks activity is perfect for Thanksgiving activities that foster gratitude in kids.

Bear Says Thanks Activity

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. Here are a few more gratitude activities that you will enjoy.

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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:
Pony Beads 
Pipe Cleaners




For this activity, read the book, Bear Says Thanks.

 Bear Says Thanks gratitude activity for kids
Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

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

Bear Gives Thanks 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.

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

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.

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Kids can work on counting skills as they count out the beads and thread them onto the number pipe cleaners.

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids
Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

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.

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids



Want to see more gratitude activities based on the book, Bear Says Thanks?  

GRATITUDE Activities for kids

Start with this bear craft to build fine motor skills.

LITERACY ACTIVITIES FOR A GRATITUDE THEME

MATH ACTIVITIES FOR A GRATITUDE THEME

COOKING WITH KIDS FOR THE GRATITUDE THEME

 SENSORY ACTIVITIES FOR GRATITUDE THEME

Bear Says thanks gratitude counting activity for kids

Check out these Fall favorite books you might like:Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert     

   Leaves by David Ezra Stein 


   Autumn Orange (Know Your Colors) by Christianne C. Jones

 

 
Counting activity for kids

Colleen Beck, OTR/L is an occupational therapist with 20 years experience, graduating from the University of Pittsburgh in 2000. Colleen created The OT Toolbox to inspire therapists, teachers, and parents with easy and fun tools to help children thrive. As the creator, author, and owner of the website and its social media channels, Colleen strives to empower those serving kids of all levels and needs. Want to collaborate? Send an email to contact@theottoolbox.com.