The Bear hunt book by Michael Rosen
Here are some other versions of the Bear Hunt! They are all really cute!
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Bug Fun Dough
1 ¼ cups original Bisquick® mix
¼ cup Salt
1 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
1 cup of water
1 teaspoon of food coloring
- Stir Bisquick, salt and cream of tartar in 4-cup microwavable measuring cup until mixed; set aside. Mix water and food coloring in liquid measuring cup.
- Stir a small amount of colored water at a time into dry mixture until all water is added. Microwave uncovered on high 1 minute. Scrape mixture from side of cup and stir.
- Microwave uncovered 2 to 3 minutes longer, stirring every minute, until mixture almost forms a ball. Let dough stand uncovered about 3 minutes.
- Remove dough from measuring cup, using spoon. Knead dough in your hands or on the counter about 1 minute or until smooth. (If dough is sticky add 1 to 2 tablespoons of Bisquick). Cool about 15 minutes. Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Map & Binoculars
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is one of my favorite books to read to children. It’s impossible for kids to resist participating in the repetitive text, and the book lends itself to all kinds of imaginative play. Here are direction on a map and binoculars so you can bring the story to life right at home!
Making the Binoculars
Start by decorating two empty cardboard tubes (we used toilet paper rolls). You can use construction paper, paint, tissue paper, stickers or anything you have at home.
To create a space between the two tubes, cut a small piece of cardboard from an empty cardboard tube or box you aren’t using. Fold the sides of the small piece of cardboard down.
Glue or tape each folded side to each cardboard tube to form your binoculars.
The string makes me nervous..so that is entirely up to you if you attach it to your binoculars.
Making the Map
This map activity is a great way to create art while retelling the events from the story. I made the map using art and craft supplies I already had at home. I will describe to you how we made each section, but you can easily modify the map based on supplies you have readily available to you.
What I Used for my Map
- Large sheet of paper (For one map we cut up a brown grocery bag!)
- Construction paper in green and brown
- Shiny blue paper
- Brown tempera paint
- Small bit of sand
- 4 Mini popsicle sticks
- Cotton balls
- White, iridescent glitter
- Black marker
How I made my Map
1. You’ll be making six little pictures on your map. Older children can probably visualize where to put the pictures. To make the six sections, I folded the paper in half horizontally and then folded each side in to create thirds. When you unfold it you have 6 spaces.
2. In the first space we created the “long, wavy grass”. To create my grass, I cut out a small rectangle from green construction paper. I then cut lots of tiny slits to create the grass and glued it onto my paper.
3. Next we made the “deep, cold river”. I had a sheet of shiny, blue scrapbooking paper that was perfect. We cut our rivers out of the paper and glued them onto our maps.
4. The “thick, oozy mud” is the favorite part of the map! I dipped my fingers into some brown tempera paint and used my fingers to paint mud onto my maps. I then sprinkled some sand onto the wet paint to really make it look muddy!
5. Up next was the “big, dark forest”. I used mini popsicle sticks and green construction paper to make my forest.
6. To make the “swirling, whirling snowstorm” I pulled apart cotton balls and glued them down as snow. I also drew snowflakes with liquid glue and sprinkled some snow-like glitter onto the glue. (Younger children will find it easier to make snowflake dots with the glue rather than draw snowflakes.)
7. The last section of the map is the “narrow, gloomy cave”. I cut out my cave from brown construction paper and cut a door into the cave that can open and close. I cut out the bear from the free printable (which you can find at the end of the post) and glued it inside the cave.
8. For the finishing touch, I used a black Sharpie to create a path on my map.
Kindergarten Readiness Skills embedded in these activities
- By listening and repeating the Bear Hunt we practice..
- descriptive words
- imaginative play
- putting your thoughts into words and then putting them into writing (it doesn’t matter who does the writing).
- dance and creative movement
- rhythm helps children remember words and develop auditory memory skills
- rhyming in a child’s spoken language helps children learn to read
- fine motor skills – cutting, gluing, tearing, writing
- problem solving
- gross motor – outdoor play
- emotions – we’re not scared!
- following directions
- There can be different versions of a story and you can make up your own version!
- recognizing numbers and letters
- being able to count out items
- measuring/ math
There is so much more embedded in the activities this week. It is important to talk about the activity, this gives them language skills, and an opportunity to express themselves. These activities do not have to be done right away, take your time and enjoy, most importantly have fun experiencing them with your child/children.
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ASQ screening tool link – this is a great time to complete the Ages and Stages screening tool with your child. Just type in the info and it will give you the correct screen for your child.
This link is a quick tool that I like to see what kind of pre- reading skills your child has, or is there something that we still need to work on. Please only use this tool for children 4 and up.
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