Amber uses a classic children's book as the inspiration for an adaptable bear hunt scavenger hunt!
In our house, we love using books as inspiration for play. Books can inspire art projects, make-believe play, and even book-based STEM learning!
We love the classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. It’s a great one for inspiring activities and hands-on play.
Everyone loves to sing the song and play along as you read it, but we decided to take it a step further and turn it into a bear hunt scavenger hunt.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Scavenger Hunt
Originally I wanted to do this activity outside, but then it was rainy. So we had a pj day and played it inside.
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First, we read and sang “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt.” When that was over I asked them, “Would YOU like to go on a bear hunt?”
We had previously made these “binoculars.” So we took those on our bear hunt.
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I had set up a few stuffed animals on a path going up the stairs, down the hall, and leading to a stuffed bear. We sang the song as we walked.
“We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re gonna catch a big one, we’re not scared!”
And we walked around “discovering” the stuffed animals I’d set up.
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Different parts of the house we pretended were different obstacles. The tile floor was the swishy grass, the stairs were a mountain, etc.
“Oh no, a mountain! A great, tall mountain! Can’t go under it, can’t go around it, we’ll have to climb up it!”
Then after each “obstacle” was a stuffed animal, and we would declare, “That’s not a bear!” and keep on our little scavenger hunt.
The original idea was to pretend to be afraid of the bear at the end, but my 3-year-old was just delighted!
“It’s just my brown bear! I love my brown bear!”
I think even though it didn’t end as I had planned, we still had fun! And for something that took only about 1 minute to set up, I’d say it was worth it.