Extension Activities: Travel the World
Room for Bear

Reading is even more fun and meaningful when books come alive. Here’s a few extension activities for each book this month to get you started.

Room for Bear

In Ciara Gavin’s debut picture book, Room for Bear, we dive into a beautiful pencil stroke and watercolor world that explores the unconditional love of families… even families who are a little different. With characters who demonstrate problem-solving, perseverance and love, and illustrations that are both sweet and humorous, Room for Bear is sure to become a favorite!

Activity Ideas:
  1. Do activities with your bear (or ducks!)—Find a bigger person, or a littler person to do some of the activities that Bear and the ducks do together! (Hint: Look at the illustrations for lots of great ideas!) You can play hide and seek, read a book, listen to music, float, practice doing makeup, etc.)
  2. Design the perfect house for someone—Build it out of legos, blocks, popsicle sticks or cardboard boxes or draw a picture on paper. If you like precision, try your hand at an architect-style blue print using graph paper! Build a house for a bug or bird outside. The sky is the limit.
  3. Look for more bears—Eat teddy grahams and gummy bears. Look for teddy bears. Find other books on your shelves with bear characters. Look at pictures of different bears online. Color your own. Go to the zoo. How many bear (safe!) bear sightings can you have in a single day!

These are just a few ideas to get you started! We’ve also created a special Room for Bear board on Pinterest with some more activity ideas.

Discussion Ideas
  • Bear doesn’t feel like he fits in with the ducks. Are there ever times you feel like you don’t fit in? Do you think that sometimes other people feel like they don’t fit in?What are some things you could do to help?
  • Different isn’t always wrong. Bear and the ducks are different and have different needs, but they love each other and know that one way isn’t right or wrong… it’s just different. Use this as a starting point for a discussion for anything from food and color preferences to how we can show love to people who are different than us!
  • Bear showed his love of the ducks by problem solving to create a house that would be perfect for both he and the ducks. What can we do to show the people around us that we love them?
  • Bear feels sad at one point in the story, and goes off on his own. Talk to your child about good ways to cope with sadness (i.e. talk to someone you love about it, take some solo time to think, repeat a positive mantra in your head, think of things you’re grateful for, etc.)
  • Bear and the ducks are a non-traditional family. Talk about different kinds of families your child may be exposed to.

We had the privilege of interviewing Ciara Gavin, the author and illustrator of Room for Bear (and another Bookroo favorite, Bear Likes Jam). Read her interview here.