Although kindergarten children have rarely sampled porridge, most can quickly tell a teacher who ate porridge that belonged to three bears. "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" is a familiar tale with timeless appeal for young children. Integrate learning activities about real bears with activities related to the beloved story.
Introduce graphing to your students using gummy bears. Make a bar graph with red, yellow, green, white and orange gummy bears and poster board. Count the number of bears in each coloured category aloud.
Kindergarten students can practice pattern completion with a worksheet that features the bears' beds, chairs and Goldilocks. Cut out the pictures your students will choose from to complete the two patterns. Ask the children to point to and orally designate each pattern. Children will select a picture to complete each pattern.
Read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Two Bear Cubs." Ask the children what they know about real bears. Draw a Venn diagram and discuss similarities and differences between fictional and real bears.
Share another story about bears such as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" during story time. Provide teddy bear-shaped graham cracker snacks. Encourage your children to listen for the colour words used throughout the story.
Substitute your children's names for the various types of animals presented in "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" Take a picture of each child and make a book using their names and pictures. Allow the children to dramatise the book.
Read "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" to your children. Ask them what their response would be to discovering a stranger in their home and talk about dangers associated with strangers. Discuss the choices Goldilocks made after learning the bears were not at home and ask the children how Goldilocks could have behaved differently to stay safe. The children can role-play the alternative choices for Goldilocks and create new endings for the story.
Ask your students to bring stuffed bears from home. Demonstrate how brown bears can be sorted from bears that are coloured differently. Demonstrate how to sort the bears by size. Ask how the three bears from "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" can be sorted.
Provide brightly coloured candies and a picture of a bear printed on coloured paper for each child. Ask your children to sort the candies by colour on different parts of the bear's body.
Talk about the fictional bears in "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and compare them to real bears. Provide pictures of fictional and real bears and ask your children to sort the pictures.