We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activity Time

Resource type: 
Activity Time


Theme: Adventures

By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Exploring with senses


You will need:
• A range of different textured/sensory items, which could include:
• Soft: baby socks, face cloth or small blanket
• Hard: plastic spoon, bowl or cup
• Fluffy: fleecy jacket, fluffy blanket or teddy bear
• Smooth: toy blocks or 
• Bristles: baby hairbrush or toothbrush
• Noisy: rattle or squeaky toy
NOTE: Babies and toddlers will mouth objects so make sure items are clean and safe.
1. Sit your baby in their highchair and place just a few items onto the tray.
2. Allow time to feel and explore them together. 
3. As baby is touching, feeling or mouthing items talk about each one and use descriptive words, for eg “Here is a noisy rattle, give it a shake! Listen to that noise! Now here is a soft, fluffy teddy bear. Can you feel how soft she is?”
4. Try and talk about different senses. Don’t try and do too many unless your baby is very engaged and interested, as they may become overwhelmed.
Take your baby on a hunt around your house or garden. Explore lots of different textures and talk about what you are both seeing, hearing and doing.
Sing We’re Going On A Bear Hunt (http://www.jointhebearhunt.com/) and Rock A Bye Your Bear (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yteAOsWFSXI)
Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?

Key Message: Children learn though being engaged and doing.

For full activiy time sheet please download attached PDF



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