2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #14

Here’s the next phase of our ArtPrize for Kids: Language Connections Guide for 2012. Thanks again to our friends at grkids.com for the work done on creating the Tour!

Here are picks from Stop #14 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. I’ve also put some notes for some questions in brackets [ ] after. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!

#14: Independent Bank
86 Monroe Center NW Suite 101 Grand Rapids MI 49503

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop different?
  • How is this stop alike or different from the stops we’ve already visited?

Beary Big Ball– The ‘Beary Big Ball’ is a collection of teddy bears in all shapes, sizes, colors and themes in the form of a 9 foot ball. Rex & Michele Bekken

  • How many bears do you think there are?
  • What types of bears can you find?
  • What shape is a ball?
  • Can you find a ballerina bear?
  • Can you find the spider bear?
  • How many red bears can you find?
  • What words can you think of that rhyme with ball?
  • What words can you think of that rhyme with bear?
  • Have we seen any other pieces with bears? How about balls or spheres?
  • Do you have any of the bears shown in this ball?
  • Can you name any of the bears the artists included?
  • If there are 300 bears, how many legs is that?
  • If you were going to create a ball of something to remember one of your loved ones, what would it include?
  • Do any of the bears remind you of any stories you know or places you’ve been?


Follow-up activities could include looking up information on bears or stuffed toys; researching the history of the teddy bear; writing a story of one or two of the bears; creating designs with spheres; creating a picture or sculpture to remember a loved one; describing this entry to someone who wasn’t there with you.

Some more Counting with Teddy Bears

Where Teddy Bears Come From (KDL)

Looking up Teddy Info

For Mid Level Readers

Some info on spheres

For Remembering Loved Ones with Young Children

Next: Grand Rapids Art Museum, Stop #15 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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