We’re Going on a Bear Hunt- Totschooling
This past week we studied all about the letter B. There are so many things that start with the letter B, however none are as cute as the cuddly bears! I pulled out one of my favorite books, We’re going on a bear hunt. It is such a good read and fun to sing. The pages are so well illustrated. My daughters read it about 20 times in the last 3 days. My two- year-old really enjoyed it! We are doing a bit of totschooling here and I wanted to share the fun we had with this lively book.
Read the Book
I love this book. It is a fun book to learn about and always a child’s favorite. Take time to get it and read it. You can find it at your local library or if you want your own copy click here.
I am not one for TV. Unless, my kids are sick or I need a moment. However, YouTube can be a powerful learning tool that is also fun. Take some time to YouTube this and play the song. However, don’t just let your kids sit and watch. Have them act out the hunt as well! Get them up and moving plus some of that energy let out! Click here for our go to song!
Create a Bear Hunt
I created this map and location pictures for the kids. I set up the pictures around the house and my girls had to follow the map, and reenact the action movement. For example, we “swam” across the river and stomped through the mud. At the end of the bear hunt I put some teddy bears for the girls to find. Then they had to run all the way back home. We also made binoculars out of toilet paper rolls and tape, so they could “spot” the bears. I left it up for a few days and they had many bear hunts.
Summarizing Sensory Bottles
I saved some water bottles from my husbands collection and created these fun sensory bottles.
We had a total of 5 bottles, because I did not do one for the cave. Here they are listed for you.
Grass- Filled with Grass
River- Water with blue dye
Mud- Mud from outside with a little water
Forest- Pieces of our Christmas tree (don’t worry it is taken down, it just is hanging out in our backyard)
Snow- Some white fluff from Christmas decorations
I did not do the cave but you could black it out with paper or put rocks in the bottle.
Emory loved this and had fun matching them to the hunt spots hanging on the wall.
Act it Out- Sensory Style
We used our bottles and some blocks to do this next fun activity. Which I feel almost tops them all!
I laid out a large box that I opened up (see picture). We built a house for our people with mega blocks and a cave with the regular blocks. Then we set up the little trail for our bear hunters.
Laid out some grass, I put the water and the mud in bowls. Then, placed the tree stems in the blocks to stand up like a forest. Also, laid out the fake snow for the “people” to walk through.
We sang the song and reenacted the book using the mega people. Emory had so much fun with this and enjoyed the little characters going on a bear hunt.
A lesson would not be complete without a craft! We created a little bear puppet. This guy is simple to create and fun for kids to play with and use their imaginations with afterwards.
Cut out a large circle (face) and two small circles (ears) of the brown paper.
Glue the little circles onto the large circle.
Next, cut out little hearts (or circles) using the pink paper for the ears and nose.
Glue the face together
Finally, glue onto the paper bag.
Enjoy your little ones imagination.
There you have it, we also talked a little more about bears and read a few more books. Plus, built this adorable little bear out of a tissue box! We had fun counting, growling, and stomping around like bears. Fun fact, bears like berries best, and only eat fish if they are easy to catch. Otherwise, they just like to be left alone. Our other favorite bear books are the Bear Snores On series by Karma Wilson. Super cute fun stories!
For older children I created a sequencing page to complete. Get it here.
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