Brown Bear

brownbear A fun activity that relates to Eric Carle's story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?


  • To encourage fine motor and color recognition skills
  • To do a fun sensory project with paint
  • To demonstrate color blending to create the Brown Bear's color

Before You Start: Gather materials needed: black, blue, green, orange, purple, red and yellow paints, zip-closure plastic bags, Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, white construction paper, smocks, paint tools (scrapers, paintbrushes, sponges, etc.) and paint trays. Put a dab of each one of the paints, minus one different color, on each tray. Pre-fill zip-closure bags with individual colors of paint. You will need to make up enough of the trays with the multiple paints and the individual paint bags for each child to have one of each. Set the paint trays out where children can easily reach them.

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Gather the children and read Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? When a color is mentioned, hold up the plastic bag with that color of paint for all the children to see.

Step 2. When the story is finished, provide each child with a piece of paper and a paint smock. Help them put on their smocks as needed.

Step 3. Give each child a bag of paint, and have each child look for the paint tray that does not have the color of paint in their bag. Younger children may need assistance with this step.

Step 4. Once they match the tray and their bag up, cut a small hole in one corner of their bag for them to squeeze the paint onto their tray.

Step 5. When the children have finished squeezing the paint onto their trays, let them mix the paint together with the fingers and/or paint tools.

Step 6. Talk to the children about what is happening to their paint and what color it's making in reference to the book and the color of the bear.

Step 7. Encourage the children to paint a bear on their papers. Let dry and then put on display around the classroom.

Furthermore: You can simplify this activity by just adding a few different colors of paint into the plastic bags and allowing the children to squeeze the bags to blend the colors. You may also want to incorporate a felt board activity along with the story.

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