One of our favorite books is Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. It is a cute story about how many other animals invade Bear's den while he is hibernating for the winter. For a little while, Grace had an imaginary bear that used to ride in the back of the car behind her and tried to get in the house. We always talked about how the bear was probably just hungry and wanted our food. And, then one day Grace just stopped talking about him.
This morning we went to a child-focused class at a nearby county park for what they called "Kinderealm: Bears". Grace was one of 18 children there for the session which included a lot of information about bears in our area. I was surprised to find out that we have black bears here, but usually they are solitary males looking for food and shelter for the winter. They return to Pennsylvania in the spring. The class was good, but long, and maybe would be appropriate for children who are a little older than Grace and can sit for about 40 minutes. They also made a book and were supposed to go out on a hike to find food bears would eat and look for a good place to sleep in the cold winter months. But we didn't last that long. I guess we'll try it again next year!
But she did get to see, touch, and hold a bear skull, some fur, a claw, and she was able to put her hand into a life-sized mold of a bear paw print. In this photo I like how she is trying her hand in the mold but her eyes are focused on something else going on in the room. So Grace!