Guest post by Marcia Stieger, Fairfax Library. Art by Kathleen Fitzhugh Remitz, Civic Center Library
We’re going on a Bear Hunt and you’re invited to join the quest! Bears of all kinds have been unexpectedly sighted in residential neighborhoods of Marin County. Brave and determined bear hunters are participating in a social distancing game that has recently sprung up worldwide as well as locally.
Inspired by the classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by English author and poet Michael Rosen, and the pressing need to find a way for home-bound children to connect with their communities, teddy bears are popping up in windows around Marin. Join in the fun by displaying a teddy bear (or two) in a front window of your home!
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Movie on Hoopla
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Animated story on YouTube
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Read-along on YouTube
Don’t have a teddy bear or want to make one for a friend?
- Print and display
Image purchased from Lettering Delights
- Place a bear picture book or print out a book cover to place in the window
- Draw your own teddy bear or create one from cloth
Make a Bear Hunt Tabletop Diorama in 6 Easy Steps
Step 1 Lay a blanket or cloth on top of a table. Use a blue scarf or piece of material to suggest the deep cold river the young bear hunters in the story have to cross.
Step 2 Create a straight path for the young bear hunters to follow. Use bread crumbs, small buttons, yellow wooden cubes, yellow Lego bricks, or whatever is on hand. Mark an X on the spot at the end of the path where the bear cave will be found.
Step 3 Invite your child to create obstacles that the young bear hunters need to overcome. Strips of green paper can be the long wavy grass. Cotton balls can be the swirling, whirling snowstorm.
Step 4 Search your toy box for miniature items to use as scenery for the big dark forest. Kids will enjoy arranging and rearranging these little props.
Step 5 Add a spelling / reading component by cutting squares of colored paper and writing letters on them, or use pre-made alphabet tiles if you have them.
Step 6 Craft a bear cave or den from craft supplies or other items on hand. For a special touch, make kid binoculars (use two cardboard tubes and tape) or other gear that might come in handy on a bear hunt.
Take photos of the teddy bears in your windows at home or found in Bear Hunts around your neighborhood and post to Facebook. Let’s express the united spirit to stay healthy and care for others in our community!
Special thanks to Marcia Stieger and Kathleen Fitzhugh Remitz for bringing this heartwarming initiative to the Library community. Stay tuned for more posts coming soon in the Kids at Home series.