1. Click on the link below to listen to the story We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. You can pause the video throughout and encourage your child to talk about what they see and what is happening. You could ask them how it would make them feel at different points in the story. At the end you could ask your child what their favourite part of the story was.
2. When you are out for a walk or in the garden, pretend you are on a bear hunt and re-enact the story together. See if your child can remember parts of the story and the sounds for each part.
Through the grass (swishy swashy, swishy swashy, swishy swashy)
Through the river (splash splosh, splash splosh, splash splosh)
Through the mud (squelch squerch, squelch squerch, squelch squerch)
Through the forest (stumble trip, stumble trip, stumble trip)
Through the snowstorm (hooo wooo, hooo wooo, hooo wooo)
Through the cave (tiptoe, tiptoe, tiptoe)
3. Play a listening game together. Give your child instructions to find an object in the house and move around the object using the language of over, under and through from the story. Support your child to understand the concepts of over, under and through e.g. “Go under the cover”, “Go through the door”, “Go over the pillow.” etc.
4. Go on a bear hunt. Take turns to hide your child’s teddy, cuddly toy or another well known object in the house. Give one another clues saying “hot” if you are getting near to where the toy or object is hidden or “cold if you are far away from where the object or toy is hidden.