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Most of you already know the timeless story of by Micheal Rosen and Helen Oxenbury – ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’
How about an easy craft to go along with the story?
For this craft/activity you do not need any complicated materials – it’s quite straightforward.
Make your very own Bear Hunt map/trail. Your trail will take you on a journey just like in the book. Walk through the long, wavy ‘swishy swashy’ grass. ‘Splash and splosh’ through the deep, cold river. Trudge through the thick, oozy mud that is so ‘Squelchy and squerchy’. ‘Stumble and trip’ as you venture into the big, dark forest. Get ready to battle through a whirling, swirling snowstorm as it goes ‘Hooo woooo’ around your ears. And, Uh-uh – time to ‘tiptoe, tiptoe’ into a narrow, gloomy cave. Who will you find in there! It couldn’t possibly be a bear could it!?
What you will need for this ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ craft/activity…
Scissors, preferably with a wavy edge (to form the wavy grass and the deep river.)
A black marker pen.
Crayons – white, grey, blue, green, brown,
A piece of paper, preferably brown packing paper. Cut to size 27 x 20cm approx.
A small piece of green and blue paper/card to make the grass and the river.
A small piece of cardboard to make the cave.
A wad or ball of cotton wool.
A small picture of a bear. It’s best to laminate it so that it lasts longer.
Cut out your piece of brown paper (size 27 x 20cm approx.)
Using the black marker, draw your long, winding trail.
Write down the names of the places that you will pass – The Grass (place a strip of double-sided-sticky tape onto the paper) The River. The Mud. The Forest. The Snowstorm. The Cave. Remember to leave enough space between them!
Cut out strips of long, wavy grass.
Cut out your river – place double- sided-sticky tape onto the back of it.
Tear the cotton wool to make several small puffs of snow.
Cut out your cave from the cardboard. Make a flap for the entrance to the cave if you wish. Place double-sided-sticky tape on just one side of the back of the cave.
Get your crayons ready
Stick the long strips of grass into place.
Colour the river to your liking and then stick it in place.
Colour your oozy mud.
Draw your forest.
Colour your snowstorm grey and white. Then glue the cotton wool over some of it to resemble snow.
Colour your cave. Only one side of the cave is stuck into place, so you can now slide your bear in and out on the other side.
Draw some scary bear footprints!
You can continue to make the other book characters if you like!
And now you have your very own ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ map/trail!
If you don’t already have the story book, then you can get it on Amazon…
Remember to double check which type of book you would like to have – A board book? – paperback? A sound book!? Pop-up edition? – With or without a c.d or dvd? There are even Bear Hunt puzzles and games! Enjoy your choices on Amazon.
Create your very own ‘Max The Brave’ craft activity with the kids
Here’s a very easy activity to make little ‘Max The Brave’ by Ed Vere, come to life.
Here are the items that you will need to have for this easy Max The Brave character craft (We have turned this one into a fridge magnet!)
What you will need…
Craft glue (white glue will not work on the felt and foam).
Double sided sticky-tape.
A pen or marker.
Card. (I used a frozen pizza box).
Coloured felt – yellow (eyes) black (eyebrows) purple (nose) red (cape).
Black crepe paper (for Max’s fur).
Two googly eyes (the ones with the wiggly pupils).
Black craft foam sheet (for the tail, legs and arms – or just use card).
A ribbon, optional.
A magnet, optional.
Of course you can substitute the types of materials for other things – e.g – Just use coloured card instead of craft foam and felt!
What you need to do, in easy steps
Draw Max’s body shape on the card – Just his head, ears and body. Cut it out. (Photo 4)
You can make a stencil for his arms, legs and tail if you wish, and draw them onto the craft foam. Otherwise, draw them directly onto the craft foam and then cut them out. (Photo 5)
Place a little bit of double sided sticky-tape onto his arms, legs and tail. Or do this using craft glue. (Photo 5)
Stick the arms and legs onto Max’s body – from behind! (Photo 6) Be sure to get them in the correct position.
Now take the crepe paper. Rip in into small bits, scrunch them up and glue them all over Max’s little body to create his fur. (Photo 7)
Take the felt – Cut out shapes to make his yellow eyes – his black, stern eyelids – and his little purple nose. Get out the googly eyes. Use the craft glue to stick them together to form Max’s valiant looking face. (Photos 8 & 9)
Cut out a wedge of red felt to make his superhero cape. You can also choose to give him a pretty ribbon of any colour you wish! (Photo 10)
Glue the cape onto the back of Max. Wrap the ribbon around his neck. Glue the magnet onto the back of his head (Photo 11)
Well done! – You now have your very own ‘Max the Brave’! (Photo 12)
Don’t worry if you don’t have all the necessary items for this craft, or if you don’t feel like doing all the cutting out and sticking. Try this idea. Why not just draw your ‘Max The Brave’ character on card, then you can cut him out and colour him to your liking!
Ed Vere illustrates such loveable characters with big personalities. Beautiful stories accompany these characters. Full of friendship and kindness. They capture the attention of small children right away. Here are some other books by Ed Vere to look out for…
You’ll also find that there are bright, colourful and adorable board books by Ed Vere that parents love among their little ones book collection…