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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Pre-Writing Activity

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An early literacy idea to try.

We seem to do a lot of ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ activities around here. This is largely because familiar stories can help make activities more engaging. Bear Hunt is a very familiar story for us – we often sing it when we go on nature walks and the story is read often at bedtime…

You will need:

  • Roll of paper
  • Crayons
  • Dot markers (or stickers)

What to do:

I simply used some of the pre-writing shapes featured in the graphic below to create lines and shapes for Z (3.8 years) to follow over with the dot marker. We recited the Bear Hunt poem as we went along, although as you can see from the photo above, we didn’t do it all in the usual order!

In total, we spent between 10-15 minutes on this activity, which is just right for her age.

Age Recommendations

Z is 3.8 years old and has had plenty of opportunities to develop her fine motor skills via playdough, threading, lacing and art, amongst other things. It is REALLY important that your child has had plenty of opportunities to develop their fine motor skills and hand strength before doing activities like this.

All of this means that i’m hesitant to put a specific age on this activity – but I wouldn’t suggest any younger than 3. This is because there really is plenty of time for these activities, no need to rush but rather judge when your own child is ready. You can read more about pre-writing activities here.

Key Learning

  • Fine motor skills and hand strength – grasping hold of the pen.
  • Hand-eye coordination – following the shapes
  • Early literacy – repetition of a familiar story

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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