Parts of a Bear Life Cycle Types of Bears Printables

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Bears capture children’s minds with their impressive sizes and cuddly features. These preschool printables will be a great addition to a mammal study and benefit young curious students who love learning about the Animal Kingdom.

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About Bears

Bears are large, carnivorous mammals found in various parts of the world, including North and South America, Europe, and Asia. They are characterized by their thick fur, sharp claws, and powerful build. Despite their reputation as ferocious predators, many bear species are actually omnivores and subsist on a variety of plants and small animals. Bears are known for their hibernation habits, as well as their ability to stand on their hind legs and forage for food with their front paws. Some iconic and endangered bear species include the grizzly, polar, and panda bear.

Bear Life Cycle

The bear life cycle typically begins with a mother bear giving birth to 1-4 cubs in the winter den. Cubs remain with their mother for 1-3 years, learning survival skills and gradually becoming independent. Adolescent bears are characterized by being young bears between one and three years old. At this stage, they are still learning how to be independent and survive on their own. They are curious and playful, but also shy and skittish around humans.

Adolescent bears are known to roam long distances outside of their territories, exploring new areas. As they grow, they become more confident and may start to challenge older bears for territory. It is important for humans to give adolescent bears space and avoid interacting with them to prevent habituation and keep them wild. Bears reach sexual maturity between 3-7 years of age, and may mate and produce offspring until they reach 20-30 years old. During the winter, bears may hibernate in dens and survive off stored fat, waking up in the spring to begin the cycle all over again.

A bear den is a structure or location where a bear hibernates during the winter months. It can be a natural cave or crevice in the ground, a hollow tree, or a man-made shelter. A bear den provides protection and warmth for the animal during the cold and harsh winter season. Hibernation slows the bear’s metabolism, allowing them to conserve energy until food becomes more abundant in the spring. It is important to give bears their space and not disturb their den during hibernation, as it can be a crucial period for their survival. Bears are omnivores and play important roles in their ecosystems, helping to disperse seeds and regulate populations of prey species.

There are eight species of bears worldwide. The most common and widely-known species are the brown bear, black bear, and polar bear. Other species include the Asiatic black bear, sloth bear, spectacled bear, sun bear, and giant panda. Brown bears vary in color and are found in North America, Europe, and Asia. Black bears are primarily found in North America. Polar bears live in the Arctic region while giant pandas are native to China. Sun bears, sloth bears, and spectacled bears are found in Asia and South America.

Parts of a Bear Life Cycle and Types of Bear Printable

Here is what’s included:

  • Bear life cycle poster
  • Bear life cycle 3 part cards
  • Bear life cycle information cards
  • Bear life cycle coloring, cutting, and pasting worksheet
  • Bear life cycle tracing strips
  • Parts of a Bear diagram
  • Parts of a Bear booklet (independent writing)
  • Parts of a Bear student activity page
  • Parts of a Bear labels
  • Parts of a Bear tracing & independent writing
  • Types of Bears 3 part cards
  • Types of Bears information cards
  • Bear characteristics color poster
  • Bear characteristics black line poster
  • Bear characteristics mat
  • Bear characteristics color cards
  • Bear characteristics tracing & coloring student booklet
  • Bear characteristics student booklet
Bear life cycle parts of a bear montessori nature free printables 3 part cards tracing posters types of bears

Age: Preschool ages 3 – 6 years

Subjects and uses in the classroom: Taiga Unit, Vertebrates Unit, Mammas Unit, Winter animals, Nature Table, Science Centers, Fine motorPrewriting

How to use this resource:

Parts of a Bear – Gather books about bears for children to explore. Print posters and label cards on cardstock and laminate. Cut individual label cards. Attach clear velcro to the poster without labels and label cards.

Present the poster – name all parts and invite the students to share their thoughts on the various functions of each part and do their research. Then read each label and invite the student to match it to the corresponding part of the bear’s body.

Life cycle poster – print on cardstock and laminate. Present all stages of the bear’s life cycle. Invite the children to retell them or tell their own story that features all the stages.


Bear life cycle 3- part cards – Print on cardstock and laminate if you wish to preserve colors and card quality for future use. Place picture cards in a column and invite the children to match the picture to the picture and the word to the word. Present control cards and ask the child to lay the stages of the cycle in the correct order.

Bear life cycle line art – supply scissors, glue, and coloring pencils. Invite the student to color and cut cards and glue them into the correct sequence.

Bear tracing/labeling and coloring worksheets – print on cardstock and laminate. Supply an erasable pen. Invite the child to trace the words and color corresponding images. Alternatively, print pages on regular printing paper and invite the child to trace or label the stages of the bear life cycle.

You might like to invite the students to compare the life cycle of a Bear with other mammals or winter animals.

Bear life cycle parts of a bear types of bears montessori nature printable science diagram information 3 part cards

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  About Anastasia. Anastasia is a former Early Childhood Teacher and the founder of Montessori Nature, a blog about Montessori - inspired and Nature-based explorations. She taught in a Montessori setting for 10 years and has been practicing the Montessori way of learning and living for the last 20 years. She loves designing engaging educational printables for children. Browse Anastasia's educational resources on Teachers Pay Teachers.

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