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October 20, 2017

Family Activity: A Sky for the Bears


In this Family Activity for A Sky for the Bears, you'll prepare to sleep like a bear, play with shadows and learn a fun, new game! For each show in the season, we'll post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts right here on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.
 

Hibernation Station
Did you know that most bears hibernate? That means when fall begins, they curl up in a safe place and sleep until winter ends. They don't even wake up to eat! When spring finally arrives, they're so hungry that they gobble up everything in sight. In this activity, pretend to be a bear and prepare your morning feast after a cozy night of sleep. 

Materials: A mason jar or sealable container, yogurt, granola, fruit, honey, this MadLib, a writing utensil 

Step One: Prepare your bear feast for the morning. All you need is a jar or container with some of the ingredients listed above.
  • First, fill the jar up with yogurt. Add as much as you'd like, but leave room for your other ingredients!
  • Most bears love fruit. Find your favorite fruits and drop them on top of your yogurt. Make sure you don't mix up your snack!
  • Add a crunch by adding granola on the top. HINT: For an extra bit of sweetness, finish your snack with a drizzle of honey! It wouldn't be a bear-y special meal without it.
  • When you're ready to eat in the morning, mix it all up for the tastiest result. HINT: Get creative with your mix and don't be afraid of trying different combinations! Tell us what your favorite concoction was on Twitter.

Step Two: Fill out this MadLib to create your hibernation bedtime story.
MadLib
Step Three: Bears like to be cozy. Put on your comfiest pajamas, cuddle up under your favorite blanket and grab a furry friend to make your night's sleep extra snuggly. Bonus points if it's a teddy bear! Ask your adult to read your newly created poem as a bedtime story. 

Once Up On a Wall
A Sky for the Bears uses shadow puppetry to tell a beautiful tale about discovering your heart's true desire. In this activity, create your very own story using light and shadow puppets.

Materials: Blank wall, scissors, puppet templates, flashlight

Step One: Print and cut out these puppet templates. Make sure they're as detailed as possible!

Template
Step Two: Find a blank wall in a dark room. This will be the stage for your story. Decide who will point the flashlight at the wall first!

HINT: If you don't have a blank wall, you can build a stage fort instead. Create this stage by placing two chairs facing each other and throwing a blanket over both.

Step Three: Experiment with the shadows of the animals you've cut out.
  • If you put the animal shape close or far away from the flashlight, what happens?
  • When you add one of the shadow puppets to another, what happens?

Step Four: Use these questions to help create new stories. 
  • What animal are you?
  • What sound does that animal make?
  • How do you think these animals would act if they met each other in the wild?

What Do They Eat?

In one of the stories in A Sky for the Bears, Baby Bear gets to know the dietary habits of his fellow forest dwellers. In this activity, discover the food chain in this fun card game!

Materials: Printable cards

Step One: Read the rules of the card game
  • Alligator wins over Bear, Rabbit, Grass and Bug.
  • Bear wins over Rabbit, Grass and Bug.
  • Rabbit wins over Grass and Bug.
  • Bug wins over Grass.
  • Grass card never wins.
Step Two: Print out one card template for each player.

Game Cards

Step Three: Once everyone has their cards, get ready for the challenge! All together say "1, 2, 3—What do they eat?"
  • Each player flips over a card at the top of their deck.
  • The person who has the winning card, takes everyone else's flipped cards.
  • The person with the most cards wins!

 
 



Discover A Sky for the Bears before the forest creatures scamper away. Tickets are available here!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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