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…
A tongue twister is a sentence or a phrase that consists of a sequence of similar sounding words. The similarity makes them very hard to pronounce, especially if you say them fast.
Books with tongue twisters are an enormous aid for children that are having difficulty with reading.
The funny sentences make tongue twisters hilarious for children. This will get them practicing their speech, and once the children have a tongue twister book in their hands there’s no stopping them from unknowingly practicing their reading skills like true champs!
You have to try and say the words of tongue twisters not only as fast as you can, but also very clearly! Native speakers find tongue twisters difficult – imagine trying to say a tongue twister in another language! –
such as this Spanish tongue twister:
“El perro de San Roque no tiene rabo porque Ramón Rodríguez se lo ha robado.” Translation: “Saint Roque’s dog has no tail because Ramón Rodríguez has stolen it.”
and this German tongue twister:
“Blaukraut bleibt Blaukraut und Brautkleid bleibt Brautkleid” Translation: “Red cabbage remains as red cabbage and a wedding dress remains as a wedding dress.”
Tongue twisters can be used purely for fun, but remember, they are totally useful for practicing pronunciation. They are beneficial for fluency in a language, and a great warm-up exercise for vocal muscles.
Do grown-ups need to say tongue twisters?
Yes! – Newsreaders, public speakers, politicians and actors all use tongue twisters to practice speaking clearly! The trickier, the better.
Have fun getting your tongue twisted! Go and challenge someone to a tongue twister battle!
Let’s see if you can say these ones…
We’ll start off with a classic tongue twister:
‘She sells sea-shells on the seashore’ – repeat it many times over as fast as you can!
Moving swiftly along…
‘Which wristwatches are Swiss wristwatches?’
‘Would you like a proper cup of coffee from a proper copper coffee pot?’
‘How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?’
‘Susie works in a shoeshine shop. Where she shines she sits, and where she sits she shines shoes’ (be very careful saying this one!)
Wow, you’re so good at this! – Lets continue with this tongue twister that I made up by myself..
‘Moana and Maui momentarily got married on a massive, magical, mystic mountain, so Moana and Maui remained merrily married’
That was easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy! Wasn’t it?
Now that you’re a tongue twister expert, go to the next level
Learn the best tongue twisters for kids
There are quite a few books full of crazy tongue twisters for kids. Here are the best ones that you might like to get for your children and have them practicing their reading skills and toning up their vocal muscles without even knowing it:
‘Elmo’s Tricky Tongue Twisters’ – from the Sesame Street Little Golden Book series. It has very high ratings. For children aged 4 – 7, through some of the tongue twisters may be a bit difficult – practice makes perfect!
‘Oh Say Can You Say?’ by Dr. Seuss – It’s available as an interactive book app by Oceanhouse Media Inc. It has tappable words, aimed at young readers and gets them mimicking and memorising words really fast! Aimed at children aged 3+
‘Lots of Tongue Twisters for Kids’ by Whee Winn. A fantastic book packed with over 250 tongue twisters for both kids and grown-ups to share. ‘Lots of Tongue Twisters for Kids’ by Whee Winn can be pre-ordered now, but is available as from 5th February 2019!
‘An Antic Alphabet of Tricky Tongue Twisters’ by Ruth Veres and Peter Veres. This is a colouring book. For each letter of the alphabet you will find a comical picture to colour as well as a 12-syllable tongue twister line. ‘Valiant Vera Vaulted Vats of Vicious Vipers’– below some of the pictures you will find the definitions of unusual words that children might not know e.g Valiant – Courageous and determined. Vats – Tanks or tubs usually used to hold liquid. Vipers – Thick-bodied poisonous snakes. A very enjoyable book that is creative and educational!
‘Halloween Tongue Twisters for Kids’ a kindle book by Riley Weber. A really fun and interactive book. You can also find the paperback version. Over 50 pages of spooky illustrations and tongue twisters such as 1: ‘Six spooky spiders spread a silky sticky web’, 2: ‘Ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Goblins, ghosts and ghouls. Ghouls, goblins and ghosts.’ 3: ‘Bizarre black bats barely bite’.
‘Amazing Animal Alphabet of Twenty-Six Tongue Twisters’, by Robert Pizzo. 32 brilliantly illustrated pages. Aimed at ages 5 – 8. A very creative book that will get your kids practicing and practicing the vocabulary, thus increasing their reading skills at an alarming rate!
‘Just Joking’, from the National Geographic Kids book series. Packed with over 300 hilarious jokes, tricky tongue twisters, and ridiculous riddles. 208 pages. Aimed at 7 – 10 year olds. This book has very high ratings – it’s loved by both kids and adults. ‘Just Joking’ is full of stunning pictures of animals, as you’d expect from National Geographic. It also has fun facts – there’s absolutely nothing not to like about this book – except that it’s so good that you might end up buying the whole series of six National Geographic ‘Just Joking’ books for the kids!
5 more tongue twisters that will truly drive you crazy
…and there are a few bad jokes at the end!
Here are the tongue twisters from the video for those of you who want to practice some more…
‘Red truck, black truck, red truck, black truck’
‘Mrs Smith’s Fish Sauce Shop’
‘A noisy noise annoys an oyster’
‘Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pecks of pickled peppers did Peter Piper pick?’
‘Betty Botter had some butter, “But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter. If I bake this bitter butter, it would make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter – that would make my batter better.” So she brought a bit of butter, better than her bitter butter, and she baked it in her batter, and the batter was not bitter. So ’twas better Betty Potter bought a bit of better butter.’
Does your child know a great tongue twister!? – Share it with us in the comments!
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This is our selection of top funny jokes for children
16 top jokes for kids
Kids love to hear and make their own jokes – some are pretty terrible! – You’ve been warned…
Most kids love jokes – some children’s jokes are so cheesy and might barely get a smirk or a light-hearted sigh or groan from an adult – the same joke can make a child roll around on the ground in fits of laughter – or leave them scratching their heads and trying to wrap their mind around the cheesy logic of the joke.
Kids jokes can be hilarious, or just so terribly bad that it hurts!
1. What do you get if you cross a centipede and a parrot?
– A walkie-talkie!
2. Where do astronauts hang out?
– At a space bar!
3. Which type of dinosaur could jump higher than a house?
– Any kind, a house can’t jump!
4. What has a bottom at the top?
– Your legs!
5. Why are Saturday and Sunday the strongest days of the week?
– One says to the other, ‘Do you know how to drive this thing?’
13. What type of plates do they use in space?
– Flying saucers!
14. What did the duck say after he went shopping?
– Put it on my bill!
15. Why are ghosts such bad liars?
– Because you can see right through them!
16. And our favourite joke featuring Snoop Dogg!
– Why does Snoop Dogg carry an umbrella? Fo drizzle!
Share a sense of humour and get your kids reading books at the same time. A great opportunity for memory training as they learn even more cheesy jokes! Check out these hilarious joke books aimed at the kiddies