We’re going on a bear hunt and We’re going on a leaf hunt are two of our children’s favourite stories! These are popular stories across all age groups with children . Following on from recent parent feedback, we have had lots of parents and families ask how they can extend their child’s learning at home.
Here are 5 activity ideas which support We’re going on a Bear hunt and We’re going on a leaf Hunt. Both of these books are classics with Steve Metzger writing We’re going on a Leaf hunt and Michael Rosen writing We’re going on a Bear Hunt.
- Using a range of natural loose parts which can be found outdoors such as leaves, petals and berries these can either be placed in empty photo frames or on blank pieces of paper or a canvas for children to explore
- Go outdoors and encourage your child to listen to the sounds they can hear or feel. Encourage your child to listen to birds singing, the wind blowing, or traffic on a nearby road – this could be a great opportunity to introduce new language to your child
- Explore the trees in your local area. Encourage your child to look at the size and shape of different leaves. Gather a range of leaves and bring them back to the nursery so we can have a look at these with our magnifying glasses in more detail. Introduce new words such as pointed, round, crinkle etc to expand your child’s vocabulary
- Listen and dance to classical music inspired by the outdoors and nature. Some classical music pieces which can easily be found on youtube are Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi and Rimsky Korsakov – Flight of the Bumblebee
- Take a look in your garden, park or the local area in grass, trees etc – see which insects you are able to find. It would be great to look in all parts of the We’re going on a bear hunt story including grass, mud, river, and any snow (if we are lucky enough to have any more)
As always, we would love to see parents and families take part in these learning opportunities at home. Please upload them either to your nursery in a box account or email them to your setting email address.
If you have never read these stories with your children, you are able to access these on youtube or this could be the perfect opportunity to visit your local library.