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Teddy Bear Toast

Teddy Bear Toast

This fun little breakfast has been a family favorite since my oldest was a toddler. It’s different enough to be considered a “special breakfast” and easy enough to pull together with stuff you already have in your pantry. The hardest part of this is getting your bear shape, for which I have a tip below!

Ingredients:
Bread, toasted
Peanut butter, Nutella or other sun/nut butter of choice
1 banana

Fresh blueberries

Method:

Toast your bread and choose your spread. Now start by making your bear head first. I use one tablespoon of peanut butter, in the middle of my piece of toast. My tip for getting circles to create the bear head, and then ears is to use the back of your spoon. In a circular motion, using the back of your spoon, spread your peanut butter evenly into a circle head shape. Next, using 2 smaller spoonfuls of peanut butter and do the same back of the spoon circular motion to create the ears.

Once your toast has the bear shape it’s time to create your face. Start by slicing your banana and gently pressing down two pieces in the center of the ears. Next place a third piece of banana towards the bottom of your bear face. Then place two similarly sized blueberries above the bottom piece of banana as the eyes. The last blueberry for the nose will need a little smear of peanut butter to stick on top of the banana. That’s it, you’ve made an adorable, edible little piece of teddy bear toast for your children to enjoy!

This recipe is perfect for one of my add-on learning activities. For toddlers and preschoolers play the song “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” this can be found on YouTube. Next make an obstacle course in or out of your house to enrich the kids experience of the hunt. Find things for the kids to go under, over and through. Some ideas if stuck inside include climbing under the table, over the chair and through the dining room.

Once you finish your bear hunt, read a book about bears, such as Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Or if your children are older, a Berenstain Bear book. Have the kids draw their own bear, or their favorite part of the story. While they doodle you go make the toast.

Here are some of our favorite books about bears.

My son loves to call this “Mickey toast” so have fun with it! Turn the lesson into one about Mickey Mouse. Or better yet, create your own toast animal and use whatever resources you have at home to pull your lesson plan together. The point is just to get in some learning while also having fun and getting fed!
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