This is a fun role play activity that children of age three and over can enjoy as part of a group, linking to the popular book “we’re Going on a Bear Hunt”.
You will need:
- Large blanket or use of a large play house
- Teddy bear
- A variety of objects of your choice
Read the story “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” to the children and familiarise them and yourself with it. Next take the children in the garden and using the large blanket make a cave by tying it to a fence or placing over benches etc, depending on your garden and the space you have. Alternatively use this as a group problem solving activity where the children work together and suggest their own ideas and solutions in making the cave. If none of these are possible use imagination and use a play house as a cave. Place the teddy bear in the cave.
Start at the opposite side of the garden to the cave and begin to read the story, (from memory if you can) and encourage the children to join in. Move around the garden pretending to walk through long grass, splashing in muddy puddles (using real puddles if you have them and children have wellies), wrapping up warm and walking through a snow storm etc. Following the story until you get to the cave where the children will find the bear, then run back, retracing your path back to the start.
To make this activity more interactive and physical place objects in the childrens path such as cones, or crates to move around and climb over in the forrest or hoops to jump in for muddy puddles. This activity can also be adapted to complete indoors. Allowing the children to help place and choose these objects can assist in their problem solving, decision making and personal and social skills.
Areas of learning covered:
- Creative development
- knowledge and Understanding of the World
- Language, Literacy and Communication skills
- Physical development
- Personal and Social development