Grin and Bear It: Ways of Using the Cards The versatility of The Bears means that there are endless ways of using them to build conversations. Here are just some of the possible applications that have been developed at St Luke’s or shared with us by other practitioners:
Family Sculpting As mentioned earlier, The Bears were originally designed as a family sculpting tool and are often still used in this way. Perhaps the simplest version is to invite a person to choose a card to represent each person in their family. The same activity can be applied to friendship groups or teams of any sort. Children especially can enjoy picking the Bear that matches the personality of the family or group member. A popular classroom activity for students beginning school is to create a poster about their family using The Bears stickers to represent family members. There may be times when Family Sculpting can include family members who are no longer alive. Useful questions might include:
What is it about this particular Bear that resembles this person?
Is ‘person X’ always like this Bear or sometimes are they like a different Bear?
Do they perhaps have ‘Good Bear Days’ and ‘Bad Bear Days’?
The new edition of the The Bears has been updated with new characters, new colour pallette and updated booklet.