Sunday, December 7, 2014

Bear Cave Christmas Ornament

Book Inspired Ornament Preschool Activity

Bear Stays Up is a wonderful story and was an inspiration for us to make a couple of Christmas ornaments. My Firefly loved building bear caves for a comfortable hibernation. She practiced her scissor skills - her favorite activity at a time. You can find the collection of our Christmas Activities here: 10 Fun and Easy Christmas Activities.

A wonderful tradition to hand-made an ornament with the special memories attached is on our family's to-do list every season. The exciting part is to choose the one - the perfect one to make. This post is part of "10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas". You can find links to more Christmas ornaments that are made by families and are inspired by kids' favorite books at the end of this post.


Bear Stays Up for Christmas

My Firefly loves Karma Wilson's series of bear books. "Bear Stays Up for Christmas" is a lovely story of the bear's friends who helped him stay awake during the Christmas night. The bear enjoyed all the festive activities with his friends, made them some Christmas morning surprises, got a cozy blanket as a gift from friends, and fell asleep.


Bear's Cave Christmas Ornament

I love when My Firefly is into making discoveries! She got a thin stick, a decorated sparkly stick, a chenille stem, and some tinsel - a great opportunity to explore thick and thin, and how easy it is to cut different materials. She discovered that a chenille stem is very strong and difficult to cut; the decorated stick is nice and easy; the tree stick can be cut at the thin end, and can be broken at the other; and of course, cutting tinsel is fun.


We bought these clear plastic ornaments at Oriental Trading. They open and close easily, and My Firefly's little fingers can't get them apart - which is perfect for us. I laminated pictures of the bear to put inside. The goal was to stuff them at several levels to keep the 3-D effect. The picture inside has stickers on both sides, then sticks and tinsel, then stickers on the walls.


The 3-D effect of the ornaments made them difficult to take a good picture. I think, they look better in real life.


10 Days of Kid-Made Christmas

A wonderful tradition to hand-made an ornament with the special memories attached is on our family's to-do list every season. The exciting part is to choose the one - the perfect one to make.

70 Ornaments made by families and inspired by the favorite children's books! The series runs from December 1 to December 12, 2014 and hosted by Mama Miss. You can follow all the Christmas Fun with books and ornaments here:  Landing Page.


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