This teddy bear craft is so cute you almost want to snuggle him. This is a great teddy bear craft for preschool but is also appropriate for kindergarteners or even elementary aged kids. If you really don’t want to mess with paint, then use markers or crayons to color the bear’s head and body instead. He will look a little different, but I promise your kids will be just as proud of their creation.
And if you are enjoying this bear craft, then you are also going to love making this polar bear lacing craft, these adorable popsicle bear crafts and our bear that is part of this paper fans party decorations collection.
Here are a few fun facts about teddy bears
The teddy bear got its name from President Theodore Roosevelt because he refused to shoot a helpless bear when on a hunting trip. And the look of teddy bears has changed over the years. They have their one holiday on February 10th, the same week as Valentine’s Day. Teddy bears come in all sizes, with the largest one being over 55 feet tall. To learn more fun facts about teddies, you can check out this article by Reader’s Digest.
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SUPPLIES FROM THE BAG
- 2 Paper plates (9-inch coated)
- Brown paint
- Single hole punch
- Construction paper
- Googly eyes (or printable paper eyes)
- Glue stick
- Stapler with staples
- Teddy bear craft template
Since you are here, I know one thing about you…you truly want to spend time creating things with your kids. And you have taken a great first step by looking up some ideas for things to make together. Now it’s time to take it just one more step further so that you can be prepared to craft with your kids over and over again whenever you find yourselves with a few minutes to spare…fill your bag using our master list of supplies.
When you do this you will have everything that you need, all in just one bag, to make the hundreds of crafts that you see here (and in our shop). We stick to this list of supplies to make crafting actually do-able for busy families like yours. And you have probably noticed that sticking to these few supplies has not affected our ability to be creative. We just need to keep thinking of new ways to use what we already have on hand.
I can’t wait to see what you make with the items from in your kids’ craft bag.
Let’s Add Some Teddy Bear Reading
The best thing that you can do to enhance a craft project is to add reading to it. Here are some of our favorite teddy bear themed books for kids:
And this one is extra special. Mindfulness is such an import practice for both adults and children. This little book will help your child find calm amongst the chaos.
How to Make a Teddy Bear Craft
Step 1: Paint the Paper Plates
- Lay some newspaper out on your work surface to control the mess.
- Pinch your pompom with a clothespin to form a “paint brush”.
- Place both paper plates on your newspaper, bottom side up.
- Squeeze out some brown paint onto your newspaper.
- Then paint the bottom of your plates completely. To make it look a little more like fur, tap the paint onto your plate with the pompom.
Step 2: Use the Free Teddy Bear Craft Template
- Download and print the teddy bear craft template.
- Use the template to cut out all of the parts of your teddy bear craft from construction paper.
- We used darker brown (matching the paint) for the legs, arms and ears and a lighter tan brown for the center of the paws, tummy and snout. Then cut the nose from black paper. We also cut out little round pink cheeks, which are not included in the template.
*If you do not have access to a printer, draw the parts of your bear craft and cut them out. The snout is a simple circle, and the tummy is an oval. Make 2 ears, which are simply half circles. Draw a nose, which is a triangle with very rounded corners. Last, draw 4 rectangles for the arms and legs. We made the legs slightly wider and rounded all of the edges of the rectangles.
Step 3: Put the Plates Together
- Once the paint has dried on your paper plates, overlap them by about an inch.
- Then attach them to each other using a staple on each side.
Step 4: Attach the Cut Outs
- Glue the nose onto the bears snout. Also, add the paw pads onto his arms.
- Glue the tummy and snout in place as pictured.
- Last, use your glue stick to attach the ears, arms and legs of your bear craft.
Step 5: Hole Punch Some Paw Pads
- For the little pads of the paws, punch out some tiny circles using your hole punch.
- Use the same color of construction paper that you used for the center of his paw.
Step 6: Creat the Teddy Bear Face
- Add his eyes. For this you can use large googly eyes (we like 25mm self-adhesive) or print and cut out a set of eyes from our free printable eyes for crafts.
- We also cut out small pink circles and added them for rosy cheeks.
- Finally, place the little circles you punched out onto his paws using your glue stick.
Step 7: Draw on the Details of Your Bear Craft
- It’s time to give your bear a little bit of personality.
- Use your markers to add a smile and any other details that you would like. Now he’s ready to go on an adventure!
Now that you know how to make this easy bear craft, it’s time to really make it your own. We used traditional brown bear colors, but you can use whatever you like. Maybe you want to make a rainbow colored bear with a heart shaped tummy. Or maybe you want to make a black bear with a yellow star nose. The possibilities are endless. This is your craft. So go crazy and use that imagination!