We're Going on a Bear Hunt
This classic by Micheal Rosen is one I am sure most of you have heard of and one you probably already love reading with your little ones… but have you ever tried making the book come alive?
It’s such a sensory-filled book with it’s repetitive verse and descriptive words. It’s an outdoor or action book. You can’t sit still in bed reading it- ‘you have to walk through it’!
This is my basic sensory story guide. They are not rules, just guidelines.
I sit my class in a semi-circle. I tell the story from the front, engaging the children by moving around and changing the dynamics of my voice. As the props are explored by each child, adults around them repeat the descriptive word, e.g. ‘SWISHY SWASHY’.
M A I N V E R S E
tap laps, stamp feet or clap hands to keep the rhythm.
G R A S S
green fluffy cushions/ astro-turf / green spaghetti / green shredded paper / green tinsel/ real grass!
R I V E R
soft & transparent blue material to waft overheads / water spray bottle / water tray to splash feet into / water beads to explore
M U D
chocolate angel delight to taste / soil to feel / brown play dough / brown cornflour gloop
F O R E S T
real sticks or branches / wooden percussion instruments
S N O W S T O R M
shaving foam clapping / talcum powder puffed/ silver glitter sprinkled / fan
C A V E
dark den / black out material over head / lights off and torches / tunnels / cardboard box
B E A R
one shiny wet nose – ice cube
two big furry ears – fur material
two big goggly eyes – google eyes / eyeball glasses
IT’S A B E A R ! – feel large tidy bear (IKEA)
R E P E A T
go through all steps backwards, but keeping a fast pace (not letting everyone have an individual turn)
S T A I R S
Adult to act out running up and down the stairs / locking the door / and getting into bed
W E’ R E N E V E R G O I N G O N A B E A R H U N T A G A I N !