MY TEDDY BEAR
My Teddy Bear has lost an eye.
His fur is worn and shabby.
He has a rip upon his back
Where he was clawed by Tabby.
His leg is loose and wobbly.
His ear displays a tear.
I’ve other toys bright and new;
But I love my Teddy Bear!
1. What is your favorite toy?
2. How long have you had it?
3. Would you ever consider throwing it away? Why or why not?
Encourage the children to bring in toys to share. Set up guidelines for
the treatment of other children’s toys.
Guidelines Might Include:
Be sure your hands are clean before touching a toy.
Do not take a toy without permission of the owner or without sharing
Do not keep a toy beyond agreed time limit.
Be gentle with the toy. Do not squash, throw, or drop it.
Encourage a discussion or writing time about the toy sharing
experience. Suggested questions:
1. Did you get to play with a toy you have never seen before?
2. What did you like about this toy?
3. Did you have any problems during sharing time? How did you solve them?
4. Are you happy to have your own toy back?
Guess What It Is?
Ask children to bring a favorite toy to school in a paper bag stapled
or taped shut. On the outside of the bag, ask children (with parents’ help) to write
three clues about the toy inside. Clues can include the material it is made of, the color,
the overall shape, or the sound it makes.
Encourage children to take turns reading their clues to the class. Classmates can ask
additional questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no” until children
guess correctly. When the mystery toy is correctly identified, the child can then show it
to the class.
Encourage children to make up a poem about a favorite toy. Remind them
that the poem doesn’t have to rhyme. Have classroom helpers or older students record the
poems. Invite children to add drawings of their favorite toys to their poems.
Compare and Contrast
Divide the class into small groups. Select two of the children’s
stuffed animals from each group. Ask the children to name ways the two toys are alike.
Then ask them to think of ways the two are different. Encourage the children to use size,
color, texture, eye color, and number of legs to compare and contrast the stuffed animals.
Gather the children’s stuffed animals together. Ask children to sort them by different
characteristics, such as color, size, wild or domestic animals, eye color, whether they
have tails or not, and so on. Encourage children to discuss the criteria they used to sort
the animals. Then invite children to arrange all the animals by size from smallest to
What Is It?
Invite volunteers to take turns being blindfolded. Give the blindfolded
child one stuffed animal to hold. Then ask him or her to feel the shape of the animal and
guess what it is.
Ask children to bring an unusual stuffed animal to class. If someone
doesn’t have a stuffed animal, a plastic one would do, too. Have children display their
toys for all to enjoy.
Make up enough blue ribbon awards or certificates for all the children. You can leave the
category blank until it’s time for the judging. Award blue ribbons to animals in
different categories. You may need to be creative to come up with a blue ribbon for every
child. Categories might include softest, bluest, fuzziest, largest, smallest, silliest,
happiest, most legs, longest tail, longest ears, pinkest, most stripes, or most