How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder – Toddler Time Review + Activity

howtosharewithabearHow to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder
Illustrated by Stephanie Graegin

The perfect thing to do on a chilly day is to make a blanket cave. But, of course, a comfy cave never stays empty for too long…What’s a boy to do when a bear takes over his cave? Try to distract him with a trail of blueberries? Some honey? A nice long back scratch?

How to Share with a Bear is a story about how although it’s not always easy, sharing with a sibling can make things even more fun!


How to Share with a Bear by Eric Pinder is a beautifully illustrated tale of learning to share and getting along with your siblings. Thomas wants nothing more than to cozy up in his blanket cave and read his favorite books on a chilly day. But when you make a cave, sometimes you get a bear.

This was such a cute story. I read this for my Wednesday morning Toddler Time. I had kids ages two and three and they all seemed to enjoy the story. They enjoyed the different ways that Thomas tried to get the bear out of the cave. They liked the ‘surprise’ ending. The story was well received. We followed up this story by making our own bears.

moveablebearTo make our own bears, I used this free moveable bear template from Scholastic UK. I had the kids color their bears, then I cut out the pieces. We pieced them together with brass fasteners. Now we all had our own little bears to take with us into our reading caves. 🙂 This was a cute activity with not a lot of prep on my end. The kids loved having a little bear to take with them. It was easy enough for my toddler kids to do it, but I will also be doing this with the older Preschool Storytime class that I do on Fridays. The 3-5 year olds will be able to push the brass fasteners through, though I will still be cutting out the bear parts.


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