How to Make a Cave for a Bear for Preschool

Updated April 17, 2017

Many types of bears live in caves. A bear cave activity creates a learning experience for preschoolers, whether they make a small cave craft or help build a large cave in which to play. Both types of caves help children learn more about bear caves with hands-on experiences. With only a few easy-to-find materials, parents or teachers can provide an activity that helps develop many skills.

Cut a paper plate in half. Sketch a half-circle hole at the bottom centre of one plate half. Have a child cut out the sketched hole. Save the cutout piece of paper plate.

Place the two plate halves with the rounded bottom side facing upward. Have a child paint both plate halves brown. Let the paint dry.

Trim the leftover piece of plate that was created from cutting out the cave hole. Cut the piece into any desired shape.

Encourage the child to use his or her imagination to draw a sleeping bear on the shape. Provide brown pom-poms for the child to glue onto the bear to make a fluffy bear.

Place the two painted plate halves together with the painted side outward. Staple or tape the bear cave in several places along the round portion. Leave the bottom edge open.

Punch one hole in the bear cutout. Tie a piece of string through the hole. Make a hole in the cave along the bottom edge. Tie the other end of the string through the hole on the cave to keep the bear close to the cave so the pieces will not become separated or lost.

Show the children how to stand the cave up on a table or floor surface. Have them move the bear in and out of the cave to play.

Place a large appliance-size cardboard box on its side. Use a box cutter to cut a half-circle cave opening hole in one side of the box. Consider using the open end of the box for the cave entrance rather than cutting the box, if desired.

Put paint cover-ups on the children. Have them place their hands into a shallow pan of glue. Encourage the children to spread glue onto parts of the box with their hands. Spread the group of children around the box so each child has a place to work.

Help the children tear pieces of paper from a roll of brown wrapping paper. Tell the children to place paper onto the glue on the box. Continue until the sides and top of the box are covered with paper. Let the covered box dry.

Allow the children to decorate the outside and inside of the "cave" with crayons or markers.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper plates
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Craft brushes
  • Stapler
  • Clear tape
  • Brown construction paper
  • Crayons or markers
  • Pom-poms
  • Craft glue
  • Hole punch
  • String
  • Large appliance box
  • Box cutter, optional
  • Brown wrapping paper
  • Water
  • Shallow pans
  • Paint cover-ups
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About the Author

Larry Davis has worked in the safety and environmental field since 1975, writing for "Chevron Review" and other professional magazines. He wrote monthly columns for "Heavy Equipment News" and has written safety programs and training materials. He holds two bachelor's degrees, a master's degree in safety and earned his doctorate in safety engineering, studying under professors from the University of Iowa and Texas A&M University.