GOING ON A BEAR HUNT
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise. Unfortunately the chance of seeing a teddy bear’s picnic is slim, you’re more likely to see a bunch of youths hanging around a climbing frame looking menacing, either that or a dog-walker struggling to bag a recently dropped pile of mess.
Neither of which sounds that cool when you sing it.
But just because bears tend not to eat alfresco as much, doesn’t mean you can’t go hunting for them. In fact, it makes for a fun summer activity. Using the excellent We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury as your inspiration, there’s lots of fun to be had tracking down a big grizzly with your little one.
The book is all about the sights, sounds and textures of trampling through long grass, deep rivers and mud – lots of mud. So why not recreate this experience with little adventurers? Hide their favourite teddy and get hunting!
They’ll be stumbling, tripping, squelching, squerching, splishing and sploshing their way along the hunt. Remember – they can’t go over it, they can’t go under it – they’ll have to go through it!
It’s a great chance for them to explore nature and experience all sorts of textures and sounds. If you need a reminder of what things to expect then here you go:
Long, wavy grass
A deep, cold river
Thick oozy mud
A big, dark forest
A swirling, whirling snowstorm
A narrow, gloomy cave
Good luck with the bear hunt, just remember – if you find one, you’re on your own. We’re not really equipped to deal with that!
Unless they’re in the mood for a picnic.