I taught kindergarten for 16 years and was a district k-1 strategist for 2. I have a masters degree in curriculum and instruction from Dallas Baptist and a doctorate in early childhood studies with a minor in curriculum and instruction from the University of North Texas. I am currently working for Dallas ISD as a prek instructional specialist.
My good friend Shelly shared this idea with me. It is based on the book Bear in Underwear by Todd H. Doodler. You can download the pattern for the bear and the underwear here. For the eyes, have students clip corners and round to make circles out of 1 1/2 X 1 1/2 in squares. Then color black circles in the center before gluing the eyes on.