Favorite Book Activities with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? 

My son loves, loves, LOVES Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Eric Carle. He used to follow me around the room, holding the book waiting for me to pause and read it to him on repeat. There is something magical about an Eric Carle book for children. We love all his books, but this book is the book we have read the most lately. I’ve included our favorite activities we use after reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

Color Sorting Animals 

After reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle, I grabbed neon yardstick and labeled each with a marker to identify the colors. The back of each paper was labeled with the color in Spanish. My children looked around the house for animal figurines and items to match the color paper.

We also did this activity again with colored I set out sorting trays and a variety of animal figurines. First, my children sorted by color into the trays. Then for added fun, they went around the room finding more items to add to the different trays. We also used this same activity and materials to practice letter recognition, see images below for examples.


  • Colored paper & marker
  • Sorting trays
  • Animals figures
  • Optional- additional items around the house all different colors 

Sight Word Practice with Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See

My daughter has been working on sight words lately, and Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? is an excellent resource because of its repetition that sets up perfectly for identifying words in the book. We used colorful cubes to build the words from the text after reading. 


Sensory Bin Play Idea with Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See

We have been playing with rainbows lately, and I came up with the idea for this sensory tray after finding clip art on canva.com related to the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I loved how the rainbow animals would hide perfectly in a sensory bin. I made the clip art shapes in smallest, medium, and largest sizes or comparison of size exploration. 


  • Clip art for Brown Bear 
  • Sensory tray
  • Rainbow color filler for the bin 
  • Tool bin; scoops, cups, tongs, etc. 

Rainbow Wheel of Book Characters

The next step for our rainbow unit is to explore the color wheel and mixing colors. I used clip art from canva.com to make the color wheel. Then I let my kids color and decorate the outside of their wheels before we started mixing colors. I also let the kids use the color mixing glasses to explore how primary colors can combine to create other colors. This visual was perfect for our messy painting project. We love painting like Eric Carle, so I grabbed various brushes and painting materials and let the kids mix colors from the color wheel. 


(Helpful Hint- If you have a Cricut machine, this would be a great project to use this machine to help cut out these shapes more precisely. For laminating these printouts, I recommend waiting to cut out the shapes until after you have laminated everything. The only thing I cut out first was the cover of the color wheel for my kids to color and cut out the top window.)

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