We’re Going on a ‘Teddy’ Bear Hunt

BY ON Oct 9, 2012

 

We’re going on a ‘Teddy’ bear hunt…….I’m not scared!

 

We have a gorgeous book which comes with a CD that tells the story of the adventure of going on a bear hunt.  My kids have played this CD over many times as I watch them pretend to walk through long, wavy grass and run away from a bear.  So I thought I would bring this story to life some more by creating the different scenes in the book.

Playing with songs and books help prepare children for future learning and teach them beginning pre-reading skills.  Re-enacting we’re going on a bear hunt is a fun activity we can do with our kids to help promote this learning through play.

 

The Book: 

‘Bear Hunt’ comes with a CD which is read by Noni Hazelhurst with Benita Collings, Alister Smart and George Spartels who are from ABC4Kid’s television show Play School.  Illustrated by Patricia Mullins.  Published by The Five Mile Press Pty Ltd

There is another version of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ written by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Let’s Play 

activity ideas for we're going on a bear hunt

 

Uh-oh.  (Uh-oh)

Grass. (Grass)

Long wavy grass.  (Long wavy grass).

We can’t go over it.  (We can’t go over it).

We can’t go under it.  (We can’t go under it.)

We’ll have to go through it!

Swish, swish, swish, swish!

 

To make our “Long Wavy Grass” we opened up a box so that both ends were open like a tunnel.  When the box is open like this, it can become unstable so we strengthened it with masking tape.  We also placed a large pillow on either side of the box to help hold it up firm for when the kids would crawl through it.  We then sticky taped green streamers down over the two openings of the box.  We also placed our green mat inside the box but you could alternatively use a green towel or blanket.

activities with books for kids and toddlers

 

Uh-oh.  (Uh-oh)

Mud. (MUd)

Thick oozy mud.  (Thick oozy mud).

We can’t go over it.  (We can’t go over it).

We can’t go under it.  (We can’t go under it.)

We’ll have to go through it!

Squelch, squelch, squelch, squelch!

 

To make our thick oozy mud, we simply placed a number of cushions and pillows on the floor and laid a brown blanket on top imitating the thick oozy mud.

bear activities for kids

 

Uh-oh.  (Uh-oh)

A cave. (A cave)

A dark gloomy cave.  (A dark gloomy cave).

We can’t go over it.  (We can’t go over it).

We can’t go under it.  (We can’t go under it.)

We’ll have to go through it!

Tiptoes, tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe!

 

To create our cave, we a placed a brown fitted sheet over our dining chairs which were arranged in the shape of a cave.  I used a fitted sheet because I find this clings better to the dining chairs and is less likely to slide off.

Let’s Learn 

Learning Experiences:

  • Encourages and promotes imaginative play and creativity.
  • Getting little bodies moving through dance and rhythm.
  • Develop and extend vocabulary.
  • Rhyme – understanding rhyme in our spoken language helps children learn to read.
  • Rhythm- helps children to remember words and develop auditory memory skills.
  • Phonemic awareness – hearing and understanding that words are made up of individual sounds and other word patterns.

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17 Responses to “We’re Going on a ‘Teddy’ Bear Hunt”

  1. Oh, this is just brilliant. I love it.

    We love to re-enact this story too- but I really love the way you’ve created the long grass.

    I haven’t seen this version of the story, but with those narrators it is bound to be spectacular.

  2. i love that you’ve done this. my 4yr old did this bear hunt at preschool before the holidays and we are STILL going on bear hunts. i have youtubed it so many times now. i’ve bought him the book for christmas (but ours unfortunately doesn’t have Benita). I never thought to do this we’ve just been pretending. i’ll have to do this on friday he’d love it so much. excellent work once again Janice and girls :)

  3. Colleen says:

    Will have to do this with my grandson…we go on ‘bear’ hunts all the time..or ‘ball, truck, shoe, sock etc’ hunts when ever anything is lost..a good fun way to keep the worry at bay!

  4. I loved loved loved this post! I am a kindergarten teacher from Greece and I love this book! So I was looking for a way to introduce it to the kids here in Greek and this idea is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing this post!

  5. This looks like so much fun. My Little Miss Two loves this story when they read it on Play School and they go through, over and under all the obstacles.

    Thanks for sharing
    Mel

  6. stephanie says:

    What a wonderful way to celebrate such a great story. I love the way you recreated the story for your kids.

  7. This is fabulous! Miss Daisy would love to add this to her list of things to do with “The Bear Hunt!” She loves this story/rhyme and can recite it herself, loves her little felt book! I must bring it to life like you have! :) :)

  8. Kelly says:

    Love your bear hunt! And we love this song, both my kids join in when we hear it on Playschool. But creating the environment for them to really act it out is such fun!!

  9. What fun! L LOVE the grass. Going on a Bear Hunt (the Rosen/Oxenbury version) was a favourite of my son’s a year or so ago. I wish I’d seen this idea back then! Perhaps he’d still enjoy it…

  10. So fun! What a great way to re-enact the story! Thanks for linking up to The Children’s Bookshelf.

  11. What a wonderful activity! I love how you reenacted the book!

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. I will be sharing this on the Read.Explore.Learn. Facebook page today.

  12. Sujata says:

    I love your activities all so practical and kids really had a blast

    • Sujata says:

      The activities were excellent. Simple ideas but so beneficial to a child . Do u have any other sites I can view
      Thanks

  13. April says:

    Would love to have this version of the book,
    but I can’t find it. I have looked online,
    please let me know where to get it. Thanks!

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