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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

Brown Bear Banana Bread Treats!

Published February 17, 2012 9:00 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

Welcome to "B" week at our school, where the focus has been on beans, beads, bears and the color brown!

For our speech and language group lesson this week, we made our own very round and very delicious "Brown Bear" face. I developed the idea after I Googled "bear recipes for kids" and a polar bear recipe came up! It requires a rice cake, cottage cheese, raisins, Oreo sandwich cookies and banana slices to make a sweet little polar bear face. See the link for an adorable picture!

Because we needed to make BROWN bears this week, I decided to "tweak" the recipe plan.

Here is what we used to make our "Brown Bear Banana Bread" treats!

  • Chocolate pudding (we used pre-made pudding in the plastic containers)
  • Cinnamon bread (/b/ word!)
  • Bananas (another /b/ word!)
  • Vanilla wafer cookies
  • CheeriosĀ®

Here are the steps we followed:

  1. Every child was given a piece of cinnamon bread and a round cookie cutter. Using the cookie cutter, the students pressed down and cut a circle into their piece of cinnamon bread. (We talked about "circles" and clapped out the words "brown bear.")
  2. Next everyone was given a scoop of chocolate pudding and a plastic knife and was instructed to spread the pudding on the bread. (Hence, our brown bear!)
  3. Then they were given one vanilla wafer and were told to place it at the bottom of the circle to make the bear's nose.
  4. Next, the children were each given two Cheerios and asked to place them above the wafer (or nose!) to give the bear its two eyes.
  5. They were then given two banana slices and asked to place them at the top of the circle to give the bear its ears.
  6. Lastly, the students enjoyed tasting their yummy homemade brown bear banana bread treats! Delicious!

Additional Tips:

  • Use the left over corners of bread to go outside and feed the birds for "B" week!
  • Demonstrate each step for the children and have a pre-made "brown bear" for the children to see before beginning the activity!


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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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