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In this Family Activity for A Sky for the Bears, you'll prepare to sleep like a bear, play with shadows and learn a fun, new game! For each show in the season, we'll post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts right here on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.
 

Hibernation Station
Did you know that most bears hibernate? That means when fall begins, they curl up in a safe place and sleep until winter ends. They don't even wake up to eat! When spring finally arrives, they're so hungry that they gobble up everything in sight. In this activity, pretend to be a bear and prepare your morning feast after a cozy night of sleep. 

Materials: A mason jar or sealable container, yogurt, granola, fruit, honey, this MadLib, a writing utensil 

Step One: Prepare your bear feast for the morning. All you need is a jar or container with some of the ingredients listed above.
  • First, fill the jar up with yogurt. Add as much as you'd like, but leave room for your other ingredients!
  • Most bears love fruit. Find your favorite fruits and drop them on top of your yogurt. Make sure you don't mix up your snack!
  • Add a crunch by adding granola on the top. HINT: For an extra bit of sweetness, finish your snack with a drizzle of honey! It wouldn't be a bear-y special meal without it.
  • When you're ready to eat in the morning, mix it all up for the tastiest result. HINT: Get creative with your mix and don't be afraid of trying different combinations! Tell us what your favorite concoction was on Twitter.

Step Two: Fill out this MadLib to create your hibernation bedtime story.
MadLib
Step Three: Bears like to be cozy. Put on your comfiest pajamas, cuddle up under your favorite blanket and grab a furry friend to make your night's sleep extra snuggly. Bonus points if it's a teddy bear! Ask your adult to read your newly created poem as a bedtime story. 

Once Up On a Wall
A Sky for the Bears uses shadow puppetry to tell a beautiful tale about discovering your heart's true desire. In this activity, create your very own story using light and shadow puppets.

Materials: Blank wall, scissors, puppet templates, flashlight

Step One: Print and cut out these puppet templates. Make sure they're as detailed as possible!

Template
Step Two: Find a blank wall in a dark room. This will be the stage for your story. Decide who will point the flashlight at the wall first!

HINT: If you don't have a blank wall, you can build a stage fort instead. Create this stage by placing two chairs facing each other and throwing a blanket over both.

Step Three: Experiment with the shadows of the animals you've cut out.
  • If you put the animal shape close or far away from the flashlight, what happens?
  • When you add one of the shadow puppets to another, what happens?

Step Four: Use these questions to help create new stories. 
  • What animal are you?
  • What sound does that animal make?
  • How do you think these animals would act if they met each other in the wild?

What Do They Eat?

In one of the stories in A Sky for the Bears, Baby Bear gets to know the dietary habits of his fellow forest dwellers. In this activity, discover the food chain in this fun card game!

Materials: Printable cards

Step One: Read the rules of the card game
  • Alligator wins over Bear, Rabbit, Grass and Bug.
  • Bear wins over Rabbit, Grass and Bug.
  • Rabbit wins over Grass and Bug.
  • Bug wins over Grass.
  • Grass card never wins.
Step Two: Print out one card template for each player.

Game Cards

Step Three: Once everyone has their cards, get ready for the challenge! All together say "1, 2, 3—What do they eat?"
  • Each player flips over a card at the top of their deck.
  • The person who has the winning card, takes everyone else's flipped cards.
  • The person with the most cards wins!

 
 



Discover A Sky for the Bears before the forest creatures scamper away. Tickets are available here!
Posted by Beth Henderson

Receive royal gifts, transform your home with theater magic and create your own game in this Family Activity for The Young King! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts on our blog and at Pinterest.com/NewVictory.
Royal Retrieval
In The Young King, a young man suddenly learns that he will become a king. Entranced by palace life, he demands expensive gifts like a robe of tissued gold, a pearled scepter and a ruby-studded crown. What do you think it would be like to be royalty?

Materials: Anything around your house

Step One: Together, create an outfit fit for royalty! Search your house and find or make a crown, cape and scepter. HINT: A pot could be a crown, a blanket could be a cape and a broom could be a scepter!

Step Two: Pick one family member to wear the outfit first—they are now The Royal. When The Royal says "go" everyone else searches around the house for the best gift to present to him or her. HINT: The goal is for your present to be their favorite, so consider what that person would like!

Step Three: When everyone has a gift, The Royal picks their favorite. The person who gave The Royal's favorite gift becomes royalty next. Now, everyone finds gifts for the new Royal. Keep playing until everyone has had a turn!

BONUS: Royalty can be very rich and powerful. If you were in charge and and could have anything, what would you want? Discuss as a family.

Make a World, Play a Game
The Young King is ruler of a large kingdom split into four sections. He learns about these factions throughout the show, and about how his demands affect them. As a family, design your own kingdom in a boardgame and learn how rules affect each other.

Materials: Board game template, card template, scissors, coloring materials, a coin, items to use as game pieces (a thimble, a small toy, a paper clip, a bottle cap, etc.) 

Set Up Your Game
Step One: Print out the board game and the card template

Step Two: Cut out the cards and put them into a deck.

Step Three: Get a coin to flip and find small items around the house to use as playing pieces.
Step Three
Decorate Your Game
Step One: Have each player pick a section—this is your kingdom! 

Step Two: Everyone picks a different color. Use your color to outline your section and rectangles.
Step Two
Step Three: Take a moment and consider what kind of kingdom you want to have. Draw elements of the world in your section. Consider the geography, temperature and the residents!
Step Three
The Rules of Your Game
Step One: Start the game by putting your piece on the edge of your section.
Step One
Step Two: Choose a player to go first. On your turn, flip the coin. If it's heads go forward one space; if it's tails go two.

Step Three: After you move, draw a card. Ask the question to the ruler of the section you are in. Once the card is answered, you move forward the number of spaces indicated on the card. If you preside over the section, go forward one space.
Step Three
Step Four: After you move forward, it's the next player's turn. Whoever first journeys in a complete circle around the board wins! 

Transform Your Home

Did you know The Young King is an interactive play based on a short story by Oscar Wilde? When plays are based on books or movies they are called adaptations. A good adaptation brings the world of the source material to life through costumes and sets. In this activity, set up your home to create an interactive dramatic experience based on your favorite book or movie!

Materials: An open area, furniture, blankets, boxes or anything else you can think of!  
 
Step One: Pick a favorite book or movie to act as your source material.
 
Step Two: Time to make a set! Create a world based on your source material with the items you collected from your home. For instance, you can throw blankets over furniture to create mountains, or make a mighty castle out of boxes and chairs.
 
Step Three: Choose two or three lines from the source material and act them out. Try using props from around the house to really set the scene.

Step Four: In The Young King, audience members travel throughout the theater before the show. Transform other rooms of your house into different settings and move between those spaces to act out multiple scenes!
 
The Young King  



Welcome both the Young King and our brand new lobby! Tickets to The Young King are available here
Posted by Beth Henderson
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