25 Years ago an iconic children’s book was published by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. It’s a classic in our house and I think (I’m not sure) but that we have 3 different copies of the book between our house and my parents house.

We're going on a bear hunt

With J and T it was one of the first books that they both learnt to retell to us and has inspired many hunts around the garden. Now they are older it’s inspiring more than just bear hunts in the garden – using the rhythm and the rhyme from the story as well as the general basis they are all for creating their own stories.

Why not check out our Story Stone Ideas Based on Books which includes a set inspired by We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of We’re going on a bear hunt we took the story outside into the woods and on holiday with us and found new and fun ways to retell the story as we went hunting for not just bears but…….

We’re going on a bug hunt… uh oh a rock

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

We’re going on a bug hunt – we’re going to get a crawley one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared….

UH OH A ROCK, can’t lift it, can’t move it, got to turn it over

rock, roll, Rock, Roll, ROCK, ROLL!!!

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

One of J’s favourite variations on the theme is his bug hunting story around the garden, it includes rocks, sheds, bushes and flower pots with his own sounds that those objects would make.

We’re going on a dinosaur hunt… uh oh a tree trunk

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

We’re going on a dinosaur hunt – we’re going to get a big one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared…

UH OH A TREE TRUNK, we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we got to go through it

stomp, stomp, stomp…. uh oh LOOK UP

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

We took the book in the car with us on a recent trip to a Dinosaur Adventure Park and read it over and over again on the hour and a half trip – as we were walking around the dinosaur trail, J and T made up the story as they went along – my favourite bit the tree trunks that turned out to be legs of a Brontosaur.

We’re going on a dragon hunt…. uh oh a castle

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

We’re going on a dragon hunt – we’re going to find a real one, what a beautiful day, we’re not scared…

UH OH A CASTLE, we can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we go to go in it

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

Even a trip to a castle the story got turned around – well what else are you meant to look for in castles but dragons and they are definitely something not to be scared of right!

We’re going on a bear hunt….

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt

But no trip to the woods is ever complete without a retelling of the whole story (we’ve even managed to include the snow storm a couple of times but not often) and every dog walk (once a day through the woods in the summer) we have to go through the dark forest, stumple tripping, in the meadow’s long grass swishing and swashing and through the thick oozy mud…

Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Going on a Bear Hunt

We're going on a bear hunt

Join us and some other fabulous blogger celebrating 25 years of Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s iconic book We’re going on a bear hunt – visit the Walker Books dedicated Join the Bear Hunt website and check out the other blogs joining me on the Bear Hunt Blog Tour

We're going on a bear hunt blog tour

To celebrate Walker Books have released 2 new versions of the book with special celebratory covers – a paper back book and a board book ideal for giving to new parents as a baby gift.

Disclaimer – we received a party pack from Walker books to help celebrate 25 years of We’re going on a bear hunt.

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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

2 Comments

  1. looks like you had lots of fun on all your different hunts! i especially like the bug one (we did that a couple of years ago ) it is such a great basis for so many takes on the theme isnt it? x

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