One of my favourite activities to do with a group of kids is take them on an ‘adventure’. We venture out of the classroom and always end up finding some fun. This activity is based on and inspired by the very popular kid’s book, “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen. This is a book that is always a hit with kids and inspires many great activities. This art/sensory activity was one of my favourites this year!
This activity was done over a few days. On the first day, we read and discussed the book. When discussing, we listed each of the places in the book ie. the grass, river, mud, forest, snowstorm and bear’s den. I then had 5 tables set up with art supplies. We created a few sheets of paper for each of the obstacles.
On the second day, we then went on a sensory walk for our adventure. We set each of our obstacles down on the ground in a path throughout our school. It was a special treat that kids got to go barefoot through the school for each of the places in the hunt, and it added a great extra sensory element.
The supplies at each table included large sheets of construction paper. For the grass, we used green construction paper and strips of green paper. Children then glued the strips on to represent grass. I had a few sheets of fake grass that I set down to add to the feeling of walking through the grass.
For the river, blue paper was used as a base and then blue tissue paper and clear wrapping paper were used to look like the water.
I wanted to add to the feeling of a river, so as children walked past, they were misted with a spray bottle to get a little bit wet. (This part was a favourite for many).
Next, students created the forest. Long brown strips of paper were stapled to create a trunk and then green leaves were glued onto the trunk to represent the trees. I added a green piece of fabric to our path through the forest along with some fake plants from home.
For the mud, I mixed brown paint and flour. It gives a great mud like texture. Students loved painting with this ‘mud’. We covered a brown sheet of paper with this mixture.
Finally, we came to the snowstorm. Children glued cotton balls onto the construction paper. When it dried, however, it was crunchy on their feet. Which worked out okay as snow, but it was a little bit hard on their feet. I would tape the cotton balls down next time, or use glue sticks. As everyone walked through, I had portable fans blowing on them to feel like they were in a cold snowstorm.
Our final stop, was finding our bear den. I decorated the top of our school stage as a bear den and used a few stuffed bears to represent the bear from the story. As students quietly walked up and onto the stage/den I had a snoring sound playing over my portable speaker.
Students were so excited to have found the bear in its den, but they were also very quiet so that they did not wake him. We had so much fun finding the bear den that instead of running away, we very quietly enjoyed some bear shaped cookies together in the den before heading back home.
These types of adventures are a great way to get kids excited about books, but also a great way to get them moving and out of the classroom. At home, this “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” sensory walk would also work wonderfully throughout a house.
For another adventure we have gone on click here