We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Scavenger Hunt

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Amber uses a classic children’s book as the inspiration for an adaptable bear hunt scavenger hunt!

In our house, we love using books as inspiration for play. Books can inspire art projects, make-believe play, and even book-based STEM learning!

We love the classic children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. It’s a great one for inspiring activities and hands-on play.

Everyone loves to sing the song and play along as you read it, but we decided to take it a step further and turn it into a bear hunt scavenger hunt.

Go on an adventure inspired by a children's book classic! What will you find on your scavenger hunt?

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Scavenger Hunt

Originally I wanted to do this activity outside, but then it was rainy. So we had a pj day and played it inside.

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First, we read and sang “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt.” When that was over I asked them, “Would YOU like to go on a bear hunt?”

We had previously made these “binoculars.” So we took those on our bear hunt.

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I had set up a few stuffed animals on a path going up the stairs, down the hall, and leading to a stuffed bear. We sang the song as we walked.

“We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re gonna catch a big one, we’re not scared!”

You're going on a bear hunt scavenger hunt - and you'll have tons of fun!

And we walked around “discovering” the stuffed animals I’d set up.

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Different parts of the house we pretended were different obstacles. The tile floor was the swishy grass, the stairs were a mountain, etc.

“Oh no, a mountain! A great, tall mountain! Can’t go under it, can’t go around it, we’ll have to climb up it!”

Hide stuffed animals around the house. Then discover them on your bear hunt!

Then after each “obstacle” was a stuffed animal, and we would declare, “That’s not a bear!” and keep on our little scavenger hunt.

The original idea was to pretend to be afraid of the bear at the end, but my 3-year-old was just delighted!

You're going on a bear hunt scavenger hunt - and your kids will love it!

“It’s just my brown bear! I love my brown bear!”

Can your kids find the bear at the end of the hunt?

I think even though it didn’t end as I had planned, we still had fun! And for something that took only about 1 minute to set up, I’d say it was worth it.

How have you turned a favorite book into a fun hands-on activity? Tell us your tricks and tips!

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