Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling

Brown Bear Button Snake



This month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids is one of my absolute favorite books for toddlers:  Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by the talented Eric Carle. We read this book just about every day so it is definitely a favorite in our house! This Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling makes for the perfect blend of fine motor and reading comprehension (retelling).


Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See



I have always wanted to make a button snake but the one thing holding me back is that I didn’t know how to sew on a button. I know…it is pitiful. I can sew rag quilts and ribbon blankets but can’t even sew on a simple button. My mother-in-law tried to teach me a few years ago but I have since forgotten (I am horrible). In order to make this activity, I had to google a YouTube tutorial. :)


Here’s what you’ll need:

Iron-On Paper

White Felt



Needle and Thread

Oversized Button (about the size of a quarter)

Brown Bear Printable 




1. Print out the Brown Bear printable on iron-on paper (make sure you mirror it before printing).




2. Cut out the animals and then iron them onto the white felt, following the directions on the iron-on paper package.








3. Cut out the felt pieces.



4. Use a pencil to mark a line on the backside of each animal that is wide enough for an oversized button to fit through.



5. Fold in half and then use scissors to make a small hole through. Unfold the animal and then cut the slit all the way through the line.


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6. Meanwhile, use a needle and thread to sew an oversized button onto a piece of ribbon. Since we are learning about colors in this book, I thought it was only fitting to use a rainbow ribbon. If you are a loser like me and don’t know how to sew on a button, this tutorial is helpful.



Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling

7. Once your button is sewn on the ribbon and all of your animals have slits through them, you can start threading the animals onto the button snake.



Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling



Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling

We got out our copy of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and tried to thread them in order.


Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling



Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling

Little Sister thought this was pretty cool to have all the animals from her favorite book!


Brown Bear Button Snake Retelling




Check out more Brown Bear, Brown Bear activities here:


Brown Bear Beginning Letter Sounds Game  ::  Inspiration Laboratories

Counting Bear Number Strips and Color Matching Activity  ::  Mom Inspired Life

Brown Bear Brown Bear Printable Language Arts Activity  ::  Growing Book by Book

Brown Bear Slime  ::  Preschool Powol Packets





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  2. love your idea. Thank you. It is quite amazing that very young children can learn to retell stories by hands on activities. not only a craft but something they can carry around. I let my kiddos carry laminated sequencint cards from Polar Bear what do you see. They were so happy to hold up their animal that I hole punched and added some yarn.

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