Welcome back! As the sun continues to shine, our Summer Field Guides continue with more fun-filled activities that are perfect for the whole family. In this guide, we get to know two upcoming shows that teach us the importance of family and companionship, A Sky for the Bears
and Pss Pss
From inventive shadow puppetry to silly slapstick, these shows are not to be missed. Read on to discover crafty and unique activities that will leave you counting down the days until the 2017-18 Season begins!
Contributed by Caroline Dowden, Summer 2017 Communications Apprentice
A Sky for the Bears
In A Sky for the Bears
, two heartfelt stories come to life through the use of shadow puppetry and physical theater. In the first, a handsome bear realizes what he wants most of all is a cub of his own. In the second story, a young bear is devastated by the death of his grandfather and wishes to join him in the sky. Both protagonists set out on different journeys, only to discover that the answers to their hearts' desires are closer than they think.
Unleash your family's creative side by making your own simple shadow puppets in this Family Activity! All you'll need are these shadow puppet templates
, a pencil, cardboard or cardstock, scissors, tape and a lamp or flashlight.
Once you've collected all of your tools, it's time to make your shadow puppet come to life!
- Use your templates to trace an outline onto the cardboard, and use your scissors to cut it out.
- Grab a few pieces of tape to attach your pencil to the back of each of your puppets.
- Place a lamp on the ground, or on a table. Point your lamp to the wall. Don't forget to turn it on! Turn off all other lights and close the curtains.
- Hold your puppets between the light and wall. If you can spot a shadow on the wall, then you've succeeded! Try moving the puppets closer to the light or the wall to see what happens.
- Experiment with other household objects to see what kinds of shadows they cast. Try using your hands! What shapes can you make?
- Create your own performance with your new puppets. Make sure to use movement, just like the performers in A Sky for the Bears!
Record a video of the story you create and make sure to tag us when you share it on Facebook
Contributed by Ruthie Ostrow, Summer 2017 Communications Apprentice
In Pss Pss
, two clowns gracefully fumble through mishaps, tricks and acrobatics—all without saying a word! Inspired by silent films, this zany duo flaunts their friendship in a sweet, slapstick routine.
Want to know a way you can tell your family you love them without making a peep? Try your hand at American Sign Language, a visual language used by the Deaf community throughout the United States. ASL uses your hands, face and body to communicate complex thoughts with vivid gestures.
Be warned: ASL has a completely different set of grammar rules than English. But there's a sign for each letter of the English alphabet, so use this chart
to S-P-E-L-L to your H-E-A-R-T'S content! Check out our favorite words below to show your family just how much you care.
I Love You
: Place your middle and ring fingers flat against your palm and keep the others outstretched. This sign is a combination of the signs for the letters I, L and Y.
: Cross both arms over your chest (and close to the heart!) as if you were giving your best friend a tight hug.
: This sign looks like a chain—because you'll always be linked together! Hook your two pointer fingers together and then switch your linked fingers to complete the sign.
Are you interested in learning more about ASL? Check out our sign-interpreted performances throughout the 2017-18 Season!
Take your friend power to the next level by taking a picture! Grab a friend, strike your favorite sign and print it out. For an added kick, try a black and white filter. Your photo will look just like a still from a vintage silent film.
To make your photo look extra special, make a frame! You'll just need cardstock, glue and 15 popsicle sticks.
- Glue 11 standard-sized popsicle sticks side-by-side onto a piece of 4.5"x4.5" cardstock.
- Glue two popsicle sticks on each side of the frame.
- Glue your photo in the middle.
- Decorate with markers, paint or stickers! Attach ribbon or string to the back so you can hang your frame.
||Interested in joining us next season? Learn more about A Sky for the Bears and Pss Pss here!