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Bear’s Picture

Bear’s Picture

Bear’s Picture is a beautiful story about loving yourself no matter what others think. Two very gray boring gentlemen happen upon Bear while he is painting. They do not understand Bear’s painting and try to discourage him from finishing it. Bear is having none of that and simply says its mine and I love it. Daniel Pinkwater created an inspiring story that should be in everyone’s library. D.B. Johnson builds on the joy in this book with his beautiful illustrations.

The following activities are designed to help children explore who they are and share the things they love. Looking at ourselves and acknowledging who we are is very hard and takes practice. Sometimes the first step to self-understanding is looking in a mirror.


  1. Picture Frame
    • Find a simple cheap picture frame.
    • Paint or decorate the picture frame with buttons, beads, artificial flowers, etc that represent you
    • Take a selfie or have someone take a picture of you, print it, and put it in the frame.
    • If you don’t want to use picture, see if you can find a mirror that will fit in the frame.
  2. Use any medium to draw a self-portrait.
    • You can use a picture of you as a reference
    • You could look at yourself in a mirror
    • You could draw from memory
    • You could make it abstract using colors or shapes that reflect who you are.
  3. Create a self-portrait collage
    • Cut out different parts of the face from magazines and create your face with them.
    • Draw using different media each part of your face, cut out parts, and glue them together to create your face.
  4. Use air dry clay to sculpt your face


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