Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities, Crafts, and Printables

Goldilocks and the Three Bears activities, crafts, games for preschool

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a classic folktale that has been told in many different versions and styles over the years. Introduce children to the tale as it is told through the voices of different authors with different styles. Grow the story into a theme on bears. Children can learn about eight types of bears, picnic with their favorite bears, make bear paw biscuits, count with bear flip books, graph gummy bears and more. Polar Bears, Giant Panda Bears, Brown Bears, Sun Bears, Black Bears, Spectacled Bears, Sloth Bears, and yes, even Teddy Bears, they're all here. So, pull up some chairs, and have fun exploring the wide world of bears.

Samples of our Goldilocks and the Three Bears preschool and kindergarten activities, lessons, crafts, games, and printables available in our KidsSoup Resource Library:

Themes and Projects

What Are Fairy Tales? - Lesson Plan


Nose Headband
Goldilocks and Bear Headband
Bear Head

Activities and Lessons

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story Sequencing
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Felt Story
Bear Rhymes, Fingerplays, and Songs


Bear Addition
Bears Counting Flip Book
Bears Sorting and Graphing

Science and Exploration

Eight Types of Bears Cards and Facts
Bear Hibernation


Three Bears Sorting by Size
Teddy Bear Picnic Board Game
Lots of Bears Lotto


Teddy Bear Sewing Cards
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Movement Story
Teddy Bear Movement

Booklets and Other

B for Bear Bread Snack
Goldilocks and the Three Bears Booklet
Goldilocks Word Wall


Small - Large Worksheet
Letter B Bear Maze
Draw Goldilocks' Hair
Free Goldilocks and the Three Bears Activities, Coloring Pages, and Printables

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Centers

Dramatic Play Area
Provide a large, medium, and small size chair and bowls. Add three forks, spoons, cups, napkins, etc. Place shredded paper or oats in a bowl. Let children wear the bears and Goldilocks headbands and pretend to be Goldilocks and the Three Bears. 

Felt Board (Goldilocks and the Three Bears Felt Story color and b/w printables available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)
Place felt cut-outs of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story on the felt board. Let children retell the story. Students will learn to identify the beginning, middle, and end of a story. This activity helps students retell familiar stories.

Goldilocks and the three bears felt story printables and activities
Preschool Activities: 


Papa Bear, Papa Bear 
Adapted by Jolanda Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.
(Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Papa Bear, Papa Bear, 
Hunting near the trees. 
Feasting on the honeycomb 
Made by busy bees. 

Mama Bear, Mama Bear, 
stiring the big pot.
Porrige is their favorite dish 
They like it when it's hot.

Baby Bear, Baby Bear, 
Resting in his bed.
dreaming of brand new toy
and a hat that's red.
Zzzz, zzzz, zzzz.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Free Printables and Coloring Pages

Goldilocks coloring page Goldilocks and bears printables bears coloring page Bear coloring page

Bears Finger Plays, Rhymes and Activities:

Different Kinds of Bears (Science)
Show pictures of different types of real bears and discuss how they look the same and how they are different. Polar bears, grisly bears, etc. 

Bear Facts: 

Bears are large, heavyset mammals with fur and very short tails. 
Bears vary in size and colors.
Bears are very strong. 
Male bears are called boars or he-bears and female bears are called sows or she-bears. 
Baby bears are called cubs. 
Bear homes are called dens. 
Bears are wild animals. 
Bears usually walk on all four feet, moving both legs on one side of their body at the same time (ambling). 
Bears sometimes stand upright. 
Bears mark trails and trees along their trail by rubbing against the trees with their bodies, scratching them with their claws, or making marks with their teeth. 
Bears are omnivores. They eat animals and plants. Their favorite food: berries, honey, fish, leaves, nuts, rodents, insects, and frogs.
Panda bears eat bamboo. 
Polar bears eat seals, sea birds, fish, and crabs. 
Bears love to sleep in caves or between rocks to use as a den. 
Bears sleep during the winter months to avoid the extreme cold. 
Bears eat a lot during spring, summer, and fall to accumulate fat that allows them to go into a deep sleep during winter. 
Bears sleep day and night during winter but occasionally wake up. (This is not a true hibernation because bears remain fully conscious and lose little weight.) 
Bears make several different sounds: snuffling, growling, or grunting. 
Bear cubs are usually born in the winter and stay with their mother for one to three years.

Bring Your Bear to School Day
Plan a special day in which children bring their favorite stuffed bears to school. Plan activities that children do with their bears such as measuring, weighing, and sorting the bears, comparing and contrasting the bears, counting bears by twos, and tracing their bears. Let children prepare a special meal to eat with their bears and have a teddy bear picnic outside. Children can write or dictate letters from their bears at the end of the day telling about the visit to school.

Let children make the movements to the rhyme with their teddy bears:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Original Author Unknown

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, bend down low
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch your toes
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight

Bear Artwork
Cut a bear shape out of brown craft paper. Let children brush glue all over the shape and sprinkle coffee grinds or cinnamon to the top. Attach button eyes or wiggly eyes.

Painting with Fur
Provide small fur pieces and brown paint. Use clothespins to hold the fur pieces and dip in to the paint. Let them color the pair with the fur brush.

Bear Snack

Bear Cinnamon Snack

What you need: 


What you do: 
Mix sugar with cinnamon. Toast bread lightly. Spread with butter while hot. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture. Slice banana and use one slice for the bear's nose. Place raisins for the eyes and one for the black nose. Finish the bear with two banana slices for the ears. Serve and enjoy!

Bear hibernation activities:

Bear Relay
Have a bear relay race to gather food for the winter. Divide the class into two or three teams. Place different plastic food items behind a line on the floor. Taking turns, each team member walks in a bear-walk to the line to collect a food for winter and returns it to his/her team.

Bear Hbernation
Together, learn what bears do to get ready for winter and how bears hibernate during the winter.

Make a Bear Cave
Transform a table into a bear by covering it with a brown blanket or sheet. Provide plastic berries or food items for the bear to bring in their cave to eat during the cold winter months.

Bear Walk
Demonstrate ambling by placing your hands flat on the floor with your knees relatively straight. Move your right arm and right leg forward at the same time. Then move your left arm and left leg forward. Repeat movements.

The Bear
Original Author Unknown

Here is a cave, (Ball up hand into a fist.)
Inside is a bear. (Put thumb inside fist.)
Now he comes out to get some fresh air. (Pop thumb out of fist.)

He stays all summer In sunshine and heat.
He hunts in the forest for berries to eat. (Move thumb in circle.)

When snow starts to fall,
He hurries inside His warm little cave,
and there he will hide. (Put thumb back inside fist.)

Snow covers the cave
Like a fluffy white rug.
Inside the bear sleeps all cozy and snug. (Cover fist with other hand.)

Bear Cave Craft (Step-by-step instruction and patterns available inside our KidsSoup Resource Library)
Make a bear cave out of a brown paper bag.

Bear cave craft and game for preschool and kindergarten
Preschool Activities: 

Where is the Bear?
Gather three boxes or plastic bowls and place them upside down on the floor. Add a different sticker to each bowl or box. Place a small bear underneath a bowl. Move the bowl around and choose one child to wake up the bear. 

I'm a Little Brown Bear Song and Movement Activity
Sit in a circle. Choose one to three children to be the bears. At the end of the rhyme, choose three children to wake up the bears.

I'm a Little Brown Bear
(Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
by Jolanda Garcia, KidsSoup Inc.

I'm a little brown bear
sleep I crave. (stretch arms and yawn)
I'm a little brown bear
ready for my cave. (rub eyes)

I'm all curled up
As coxy as can be.
When it's spring,
Please wake me!

We Going on a Bear Hunt
Read the book or listen to the CD Version from Dr. Jean and let children act out the story. Together, create the different areas (river, tree, bridge, grass, etc.).  


Goldilocks and the Three Bears Books:

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Goldilocks and the Three Bears,
Ricitos de Oro y los tres osos 
Goldie and the Three Bears
The Three Bears Goldilocks Returns Goldilocks and the Three Bears Believe Me, Goldilocks Rocks!:
The Story of the Three Bears as
Told by Baby Bear

Compare and Contrast Goldilocks Stories

What you need:
An assortment of Goldilocks and the Three Bears themed stories
Butcher paper
Thick black marker

What you do:
Read an assortment of books that retell the Goldilocks and the Three Bears folktale in different ways and with an assortment of illustration styles. Choose two books to compare and contrast with children. Draw a large Venn diagram on butcher paper and tape it to the wall. Ask children to volunteer their ideas about what is the same and what is different about the two stories. Write responses in the correct corresponding areas of the diagram.



Other Goldilocks and the Three Bears KidsSoup preschool and kindergarten activities and themes:

Polar Bears Fairy Tales    


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