The Bear’s Sea Escape

Seek and find books are well-loved in our family, but this one is extra special because it has an adventurous story to accompany the big, beautiful illustrations. Papa Bear and Little Bear travel around a bustling city looking for a place to hibernate. Little Bear gets lost and Papa Bear spends half the book looking for his little cub in the craziest places.

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The extra large size of this book also makes it easy to share with three eager little ladies looking for the bears.

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The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud.

Miss I came up with the idea to create an I-Spy jar with some rainbow rice we recently made. Scroll down for detailed instructions on this #beyondthebook activity. It’s super easy and your kiddos will love it!

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Story Art Inspiration: I-Spy Rainbow Rice Games

I’ve been wanting to make rainbow rice for awhile now, but didn’t have enough to fill our sensory box, so was racking my brain to come up with another use. Miss I (age 5) nailed it with this idea, which she came up with all on her own!

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Step 1: Gather your supplies. You’ll need some rainbow rice (see recipe below), a clear container or glass jar (we used a leftover salad container but really anything with a clear lid will work), and some tiny objects to hide in your rice. I raided our bead bin to find ABC beads, wooden beads, butterfly and lady bug beads, and threw in some random items that were littering my countertops (pom poms, a tiny clothes pin, some plastic gold coins, a penny, a matchstick, etc.). The beautiful thing about this project is that you most likely have all of these items hanging out in your home, so it can be very budget-friendly.

Step 2: Take a photo or make a list of all the hidden items before you dump them into your jar/container with the rainbow rice. Mix everything up and start playing!

Note: You can easily tailor this to the ages of your children. For instance; Miss E (7 years old) needed an extra challenge, so we put her rainbow rice in a glass jar which proved to be harder to find things. Miss I (5 years old) wanted full control over her I-Spy game and dumped her items in an empty yogurt container with a clear lid (and also glitter, duh). Miss A (2 years old) needed a bigger container, so she took the salad container which also allowed her to open up the game and actually play with the rice. Sure, why not!

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Rainbow Rice Recipe

  • Add 1 cup of rice + 1 tablespoon white vinegar + 1-2 drops of food dye into a ziptop bag.
  • Shake the bag up, squeeze it and toss it around (the kiddos loved helping with this step) until all the color is evenly distributed. Carefully empty the bag onto a piece of wax paper and let dry. Ours took about 30 minutes of dry time on the counter. Once it’s dry to the touch you can use it for your DIY project or in a sensory bin!

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