We are on our second week of activities for these two books. Last week we read only We’re Going on a Bear Hunt. This week, we are also reading Blueberries for Sal, but since we haven’t finished the activities for Bear Hunt, we are rereading this one too. Warning: long post.
We have these wonderful scissors
(a purchase, not a free review item). I love them, yet only recommend them for a toddler/preschooler who has not yet tried real scissors. J-jo keeps wanting to stick his fingers in the hole (because I have tried him with real scissors), but when I redirect him, he can successfully use these on strips with a bit of help from me holding the strip. He is nowhere close with real scissors.
I used a bear clipart in a Word document to make these strips.
has a great We’re Going on a Bear Hunt sensory bin that I pretty much copied, changing things up slightly to work with our supplies.
- grass – paper (see photo below)
- river – blue aquarium rocks
- mud – brown felt rectangle, rolled up
- forest – trees from a Toob
- snowstorm – Bear helped with this one and suggested we take the white fabric squares from the Corduroy fabric match
- cave – the one from the bear sensory bin from the week before.
- oozy substances – we haven’t done this yet, so I have no photos – to come in Part 2, but get a sneak preview at Delightful Learning – I got the idea from her.
Worksheets were found at Time for Kids, from a sample PDF of the Prairie Primer, and from kidzone.
- parts of a bear
Some YouTube videos
hibernation (in stills, more like a power point presentation)
- where bears live – we placed all the bears we had from various Toobs and placed them on the correct continents. I then made our own types of bear nomenclature cards, but didn’t cut them out as three part cards, just left them together so we could play memory.
- Bear songs at calendar time – most of which were from CanTeach
- reading about bears in French,
- answering questions in French about bears,
- singing songs and reciting poems in French
- tracing the word “ours” (bear)
- puzzle of the word “ours” (from a word building puzzle my mom found us at a thrift store in Quebec)
I got it in my head that we need to do more French during school and I was curious to know if I could find any resources for We’re Going on a Bear Hunt in French, since I know they have translated the book.
I found the french text to the book here
from this site.
You can listen to the song in French here
We drew bears, looking at an how-to-draw book we had in the house.
I have a neat project planned for this week that I’ll share in Part 2.
Color game (Orchard Toys) – matching, sorting
o Sort by colors
o Sort by size
o One to one
I made a counting and color book for J-jo using clipart and the words came from a first grade or kindergarten blog (I will need to search for the link). The teacher had it as a pocket chart activity.
We made our own bear cave and acted out the story.
Bear and J-jo have also been pretending to be a hibernating mama bear and bear cub underneath our duvet in the morning before I get a chance to make the bed.
is a good resource for bear activities.
Whew, you’ve read to the end (or skimmed, or maybe just looked at photos). Thanks for sticking it out.