We're Going on a Bear Hunt Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time






We’re Going On A Bear Hunt

By Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury 
Theme: Adventures (May 2014)
Let’s go on a bear hunt and do the actions with this award-winning picture
book classic. We will follow the family as they journey through the grass, the
river and the mud in search of a bear. What happens next is a big surprise!

Key Message For Parents: Children learn through being engaged and doing

You can help babies learn in an active, engaged way by:
  • reading stories that have actions and repetition; by joining in the actions together your baby can learn that reading is important and enjoyable
  • encouraging learning through play, which is critical to your baby’s social, emotional and intellectual development
  • exploring all of their senses during their play experiences

Learning Outcomes: Outcome 2: Children are connected with and contribute to their world

We can help children to feel connected to their world by:
  • helping them to develop the skills to participate and contribute to group play
  • building on their understandings of what it means and feels like to be a part of a family or community
  • ensure that they have a sense of belonging, comfort and security in their environment

Before Reading

If you have a teddy bear, you can bring it to show the children. You can talk about the features of a
teddy bear
Two big eyes, two big furry ears, one shiny wet nose, a furry tummy, four furry legs…
You can cuddle your bear and show the children that your bear is not a scary bear! Today we are
going to read a story about a family who went on a hunt to look for a bear. Keep your little children
sitting close and focused on the story as you start.

During Reading

This story is wonderful to read aloud. You can use expression in your voice, make your voice louder or
softer, and enjoy the repetition of each part of the story. You can also do all of the actions with the
  • Swishy Swashy: pretend with your hands that you are swimming through some grass
  • Splash Splosh: use your hands to wade through the water, with your hands going downwards
  • Squelch Squerch: with your hands or your feet, lift them up and down slowly like they are stuck in mud
  • Stumble Trip: use your shoulders and arms to rock from side to side like you are falling
  • Hooowooo!: Move your arms around and make the ‘ghost like’ snow noise
  • Tiptoe!: Use your voice to whisper quietly with your finger on your lips in a ‘shh’ motion
  • One shiny wet nose, Two big furry ears, Two big goggly eyes: point to these parts on a teddy bear or on your own face or on the baby’s face.
The actions will help you and your children to be engaged in the story and mostly importantly to have

After Reading

You can hide your teddy bear somewhere in the room. Walk with the children around the room: where
is the bear? Let’s try to find him. Is he in the box? Is he under the table? Is he inside the cupboard? Is
he over there near the cushions? Try to use directional language (in, under, through, over) and also
describe the objects in clear, succinct language, such as ‘here he is on the round red cushion’.
Use your teddy bear to show the actions of this song as you sing to the children. You can also help your
children or baby to do the actions with you.

For full learning time sheet please download attached PDF
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