Who says kids activities have to be fancy? I always see such great preschool activities around the web that look like they were professionally staged and designed and shake my head thinking I will never be able to do something that nice. Then days like this reminds me that kids don’t really care how perfectly done something is as long as they are having fun.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is one of Kaitlyn’s favorite books. It follows a family who is going on a bear hunt on a beautiful day and they’re not scared. Along the way they encounter all sorts of obstacles like tall wavy grass, deep, cold river, thick, oozy mud, etc. They can’t go over it, can’t go under it gotta go through it. And finally they find their bear which leads to a hilarious backwards trip towards home. The illustrations and rhythm of the story are catchy and easy for parents and kids alike to memorize and read along together.
Over the weekend it got pretty nippy so the kids were stuck inside and getting a little antsy. I didn’t have anything planned but I decided to fly by the seat of my pants and throw together a going on a bear hunt course for Kaitlyn. First I had some green bubble wrap left over from a gift to create something rustly as she walked through the “tall, wavy grass”.
Then I threw one of our blue comforters on the ground to be the “deep, cold river” that she “splashed” through.
I couldn’t find anything brownish so I used one of our sitting pillows as the mud since at least it was squishy walking over it and she actually really liked it.
Then she went through the dark forest. Again I didn’t feel like venturing outside to get sticks or anything so used some paper towel tubes and other random brown tubes to be the forest. I at least attempted to make a tree top on one and used our “it’s a girl” flower to be some flowers in the forest. lol.
I skipped the snow storm since we were running out of space and I had no inspiration for what to use as a snowstorm so we headed on to the cave to find the bear…
Then came the really fun part as we ran back through the course and up the stair out of the play room for the running into the house part and then up another stair into our entry way for the running upstairs part and finally we hid under Kaitlyn’s blankie as we pretended to be in bed and deciding we’re not going on a bear hunt again. But of course she had so much fun we had to do it all over again. lol.
So yes, it was pretty ghetto and spur of the moment but she had a blast and that’s all that matters to me.