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Pop Up Bear Card

This simple Pop Up Bear Card is a good way to start the kids on making Pop Ups.  If your children have never been introduced to Robert Sabuda’s pop up books they will be enthralled to see that they too can create exciting pop ups for that special card with his easy to follow instructions and illustrations. Who knows, maybe someone out there will send me step by step instructions on their own original pop up creation.

Trivia: American  black bears only live in North America. They are found throughout Canada, in most of the states in the United States, and in northern Mexico. Black bears live mostly in areas where there are forests.


Colored Construction Paper or Card Stock


Crayons, Markers or Colored Pencils


Begin with an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of construction paper or card stock. Card stock works best and is easily obtained from any office suppy store.You may also begin by using a manila filing folder. This may be easier for very young pop-up makers (if using a manila filing folder skip to the next step)

Fold the construction paper in half to form a card

Draw a jagged line (or whatever kind of mouth you would like) from the folded edge of the card to the center. Cut along the line starting at the folded edge

Fold back the the top flap to form a triangle...and crease with your thumb or finger. Do the same with the bottom flap,

Put the bottom triangle flap back in its original position. Do the same with the top triangle.

Open the card up like a tent.

Using your thumb or fingers, push the top triangle through to the inside.Using your thumb or fingers, push the bottom triangle through to the inside also.Close the card... and press firmly.Open your Mouth Pop-up and decorate with your favorite animal.

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Robert Sabuda

Robert works in his studio in New York City that he shares with his partner, children's book creator Matthew Reinhart. When asked about his work, Robert says, "We love making books. It's hard work but the best part is not having to worry about making a mess. When being an artist is your job, you can make as many messes as you want to!"

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