Bear's New Friend Virtual Storytime Kit

Bear is going to the swimming hole, but first he must find his friends. There's a clatter in the tree! Is it Mouse? No... "Who?" calls Bear. Something quickly scampers by! Is it Hare? No... "Who?" calls Bear.

Someone seems to be hiding from Bear and his friends. Who is it? WHO? After reading BEAR’S NEW FRIEND written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman, choose an activity (or two) to extend learning.

WATCH and LISTEN to BEAR’S NEW FRIEND read and performed by author Karma Wilson for Simon Kids:

Choose an activity (or two!) to extend learning:

 IDENTIFY animal tracks.
In the story, Bear guesses who the mysterious animal might be by observing the animal’s behavior, then making an educated guess; because the mysterious animal is fast, Bear guesses it might be hare. Another way to identify an animal is by its tracks! Identify different animals you might find in your neighborhood or somewhere you like to visit.

Make a list, then research the tracks of each animal, with you or your adult drawing a light pencil sketch and labeling as you go. After, trace each with marker, creating dotted lines to guide littler participants.

See an example from Little Pine Learners here:

EXPLORE outside.
Using the tracks you’ve learned (bring your guide along!) and other things you know about animals in your neighborhood (where they live, what they eat, etc), see if you can spot or find signs of their visits. Did you find or see anything you don’t recognize? What other information might help you identify animals?

CRAFT a paper owl.
Find thin cardboard, paper bags, and brown and yellow construction paper. Tear the cardboard and brown paper it into small pieces. Draw an outline of an owl on a piece of medium construction paper. Glue the small bits of cardboard and paper to the owl to create his feathers! Using the yellow construction paper to add details, like talons and a beak! Add googly eyes or draw your own!

See an example here:

FIND more activities featuring Bear and friends!
Browse and/or print this kit provided by Simon Kids, which includes puzzles, dot to dot, mazes, and other games.

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Thank you to the creators, Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman, and SimonKIDS for making this video available for public use!