The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country Reading Comprehension and Discussion Sensory Bin







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Posted on May 31 2015 - 1:00am by Jill
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Let’s head on down to Bear Country to celebrate the Fourth of July! A big parade is set to happen but before the Bear family heads out to the parade, Mama and Papa Bear teach the cubs about the blessings of freedom for their country. The new book The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain is sure to become a new family tradition to read each summer leading up to the Fourth of July holiday.

Visit Bear Country to have some sensory bin learning fun with this Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country storybook themed sensory bin activity.

Before I get much further into this review, giveaway, and recipe, I would like to say that I was given a free copy of the storybook to assist in this review by Zondervan.  For full details, please read my disclosures found HERE.

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country

Do you know what the 4th of July is all about? Well, in this wonderful Berenstain Bear’s storybook, in true bear country fashion, Brother and Sister learn all about the 4th of July from Mama and Papa Bear right before the big parade. This storybook is a great way to introduce young children to the true meaning of the 4th of July. Not only is it a fun time to gather with friends and family for a BBQ or to watch the fireworks, but also a time to reflect on why our country was created, hence the reason to celebrate on the 4th of July. The fun story elements bring the story of the birth of our country to life with a fun twist as only Berenstain Bears books can provide, through Bear Country. So why not come on down to Bear Country with this fun storybook themed to the 4th of July and learn all about why the 4th of July is an important holiday? The Bear Family is sure to bring a smile to your face and put a spring into your step this 4th of July as we celebrate the birthday of our country!

What is included in this book?

Aside from the story, this book also includes 12 color stickers that feature scenes from this story as well as activities and questions in the back of the book. This is a wonderful addition as it makes it easy as pie to add in reading comprehension or discussion questions when reading this book with your child or student.

How much does it cost?

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country is selling for $4.99 and would be a wonderful addition to your home or school library to help celebrate our country’s birth. You can find out more about this book HERE. 

Where can I find it?

You can find The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country online at the official Zondervan site HERE.

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country Reading Comprehension and Discussion Sensory Bin

How can I expand my child’s learning experience with this storybook?

I decided after reading this storybook and looking over the several review questions that are provided in the back of this book that I wanted to expand our learning adventure into Bear Country’s history even further. I decided to make a patriotic themed reading comprehension and discussion sensory bin!

What will I need?

To make this sensory bin exploring the patriotic theme of the storybook you will need the following materials:

  • Red, White, and Blue Colored Rice (I personally prefer this super easy recipe by Powerful Mothering)
  • Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country story stickers (provided with this storybook)
  • Sensory Bin
  • Foam (We used blue colored foam)
  • Glitter Pom-Pom’s that look like sparklers!

Patriotic Colored Rice

First, you will need to make your red and blue colored rice. I followed this Colored Rice recipe from Powerful Mothering and created my rice the night before I wanted to do this activity with my kids.

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country Reading Comprehension and Discussion Sensory Bin

The morning of the activity I placed the stickers from the book onto a sheet of blue foam. I then cut out the stickers in a circular shape. The best part about using the stickers on the foam is that my kids and I found that we were able to place the stickers inside of our book when this activity was done. We found that the foam we used did not ruin the backing of the stickers!

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country Reading Comprehension and Discussion Sensory Bin

Next was on to the learning activity! When I set up the sensory bin I poured in the red rice, white rice, and blue rice individually, knowing that the colors would, without a doubt, get mixed up together throughout the activity. I buried the foam sticker discs into the rice. When one of my children found a story disc I would have them tell me about that part of the story we just read. Then I would lead the conversation into how that relates to our nation’s history, which would then lead to lengthy conversations on what they know about our country’s history, as well as questions that they hadn’t thought about before.

Hopefully you and your children or students can have as much fun as we did using this hands-on learning with sensory bins focusing on the history of our country inspired by the storybook The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain!

Would you like to Win a Copy for Yourself!

As a bonus for readers of Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, Zondervan has graciously offered to allow me to host a giveaway for one of my lucky readers to win a free copy of The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country that will have your kids eager to learn even more about the history of our country. I will provide the winner’s information to ZonderKidz and they will send your copy via mail.

The winner will be randomly picked by Prosimple and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. This giveaway is open to all entrants aged 18 and over that has an U.S. mailing address.

By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the disclosures found HERE.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about my thoughts on the The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain published by Zondervan

Will you be adding this fun 4th of July themed storybook to your home library?

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  • Looks like a great activity. I love coloring rice. Vacuuming it up, not so much, lol.

  • Rebecca Spooner

    This is such a fun activity! I am scheduling to share tomorrow!