Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? | Rainbow Cafe

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So our Story Cafe (we call ours Rainbow Cafe because of the rainbow in our logo) at Preschool this half term was based on the brilliant book "Brown bear, Brown bear, What do you see?" by Bill Martin Jr and illustrated by Eric Carle.

In case you don't know what a Story Cafe is - find out here.

As families arrived the children could play and explore the story -

We started by reading the story.  The children joined in by each holding up a picture of each of the animals in the story, and we all called out the next question in the book - "Red bird, red bird, what do YOU see?" etc.

Then all the families went off to make some story props to take home.  So everyone made a Brown Bear game - an old hot chocolate tub (the sort made of thick card with a plastic lid), a hole to post milk bottle lids cut in the lid, ten milk bottle lids, one for each of the animals.  I made some milk lid sized circles on the computer with a picture of each of the animals in it, so families cut these out and stuck them inside the milk bottle lids.  Families could then make up their own posting game using the rhyme from the book and their counters and posting tub.

Some children made Eric Carle style tissue paper collages of the animals from the story (I got the animal pictures from Teachers Pet website).

We had a short break for some little honey sandwiches - bear food!

Then we all came back together on the carpet at the end to read "Polar bear, Polar bear, What do you hear?" by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle.  The children joined in this story with all the animal noises - very funny - how DO you "flute like a flamingo"?

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