Bloomfield Hills High students create book-themed scavenger hunt for kids

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published December 23, 2020

 Teddy bears can be found at merchants around downtown Birmingham through Dec. 27. Families can track down the bears by following clues and take advantage of discounts available from some participating businesses.

Teddy bears can be found at merchants around downtown Birmingham through Dec. 27. Families can track down the bears by following clues and take advantage of discounts available from some participating businesses.

Photo provided by Carol Blumenstein, KidsRead2Kids

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BIRMINGHAM — Have you seen a bear poking around downtown Birmingham?

Well, keep your eyes peeled. The local branch of the KidsRead2Kids Book Club, an international literary advocacy group, is hosting a bear hunt throughout downtown Birmingham through Sunday, Dec. 27.

The goal, organizers say, is for families to find as many teddy bears downtown as they can. Participating businesses downtown have placed posters in their window, so families know where to look for bears and a “mystery clue.”

Once hunters have found all their clues, they can head online to KidsRead2Kids.com/BearHunt and earn their Bear Finder’s license. There, they’ll also find interactive activities, crafts, printables and audio readings of the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,” by Michael Rosen, which inspired the event.

“When I read ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ to the Book Club kids, they really loved it and were so excited by the adventure,” said club member Rueben Blumenstein, 14. “Now, they can go on a bear hunt of their own. We even made binoculars together for them to use on the hunt with their bear.”

Also available on the Bear Hunt website is a digital coupon book for participating stores downtown, including the Birmingham 8 Theatre, Adventures in Toys, Brooklyn Pizza, Bakehouse 46, Teacups and Toys, Eli Tea Bar, Urban Wick Candle Bar, The Italian Dish, Planthropie and Beyond Juicery + Eatery.

Everything for the Bear Hunt, from creating artwork and marketing materials to soliciting participating merchants downtown, was done by students in the KidsRead2Kids Book Club at Bloomfield Hills High School. Members mentor elementary-age kids through read-alouds and fun activities.

“As an educator, I was thrilled to connect kids with mentors during this isolating time,” Caroline Fines, a special education teacher and a Book Club Sponsor at Bloomfield Hills High School, said in a press release. “The Bear Hunt also gives them a chance to make real connections with the community.”

Participants in the Bear Hunt are encouraged to share their adventures on Facebook and Instagram using #KR2KBearHunt.

For more information, visit KidsRead2Kids,com/BearHunt.

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