One of our favourite classic toddler and preschooler books is We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. It’s got a great rhythm to the words and with my kids has always captured their imagination. So today we are sharing a really simple activity inspired by the book for you and your older babies, toddlers or preschoolers to do. So here we go We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Activity for young kids.

We're going on a bear hunt activity for little kids
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Baby, Toddler and Preschool Rainy Day Play Idea

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury was one of the first books we bought after our eldest was born. We loved the illustrations and very soon it was one of the books that he and then our daughter would “read” to themselves. We even captured our youngest reading it on a video at around 2 and a half.

In the story, a family go off through the countryside on the hunt for a bear swishing and swashing and blowing through the different obstacles in their way. They find the bear but it’s not that fun then!

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Inspired by a children’s story, this is a hide and seek based game for ideal for a rainy day inside.

Before you start reading the book together set up your bear hunt with obstacles and then start reading the book together with your child.

What you need to recreate Going on a Bear Hunt at home

A teddy bear

Pieces of furniture, sheets, cushions to create an obstacle course to go over, under, through etc….

How you go on a Bear Hunt

With your child, you go around the house trying to find the bear.

We did mimes of different actions

  • looking in the bathroom we pretend to swim,
  • going over cushions we go up and down hills,
  • through sheets over the dining room table it’s through long grass etc….

When we came to find the bear sometimes, we weren’t too scared of it – other times though we reenacted the end of the story and ran and hid in our beds.

baby and toddler in a homemade den after heading off on a pretend bear hunt
J and T playing Going on a Bear Hunt hiding in their “bed” at the end

More Bear Themed Activities To Go Alongside the Book

Bear themed math activity for toddlers and preschoolers inspired by Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson and ideal for a hibernation, winter or bear themed week. Ordering and sorting bears from the soft toy collection.
Raid the bear collection and order and sort bears

We raided our teddy bear collection and ordered and sorted bears by colour and size.

Simple activity to set up for toddlers and preschoolers supporting learning of names. Based on the classic theme of Teddy Bears.
Using Bear Prints we arranged letters to make our names

Learn to read and spell names with our Bear Paw Print Name Activity.

Creative storytelling to celebrate 25 years of we're going on a bear hunt
Head outside and bring storytelling to life with a Bear Hunt in the Forest

Take your storytelling outside and head off on a bear hunt in the forest with our Forest Storytelling Activity. Or how about using any of the other suggestions like A Dragon Unit in a castle or others.

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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.

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