Thursday, 21 June 2012

We're Going to Paint a Bear Hunt...

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Exploring 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' by Michael Rosen with a multimedia painting playtime!

We're Going on a Bear Hunt Painting Activity

I love 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' - I think it's one of those perfect combinations of repetition, poetry and excitement for all kids to love. Plus it lends itself to turning into playtimes so well (you might remember our Going on a Bear Hunt Messy Playtime from a while back).

This time I thought we'd turn it into a painting activity, using a different technique/medium for each part of the story. I made a 'swishy swashy' grass paintbrush using grass and seedpods tied to a popsicle stick. We had leaves to make prints of the 'big dark forest', brown paint mixed with pva glue to make 'squelchy squerchy' mud, watercolour paints for deep cold river, shaving foam mixed with pva to make snow paint (you might remember our cloud paintings using the same recipe) and scrunched up newspaper balls to paint our 'narrow gloomy cave'...

...I also made a bottle cap stamp bear footprint - like these DIY Foam Stamps we made a while back

The kiddos had a lot of fun exploring all the different techniques - I just whipped out a fresh sheet of paper each time they wanted to change styles! 

Once our creations were dry I labelled each page and hung them up on the bedroom door...

I made mini versions of each painting on index cards to put together in a little homemade book...

So much fun to explore one of our favourite stories using one of our favourite ways to play! What book would you choose?


  1. I think this is tremendous! What fun :)

  2. This is one of my favorite picture books - love what you did with it!

  3. Love this! I recently made a felt board for my daughter based on this book. We might just have to do something like you've done here in the next week! :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. Great way to explore art and integrate it with reading!

  5. Good idea to mix mediums- That makeshift wheat-looking brush is cool! Pretty outcome!

  6. We LOVE this story. And, love your free play artistic explorations!

  7. That brush made with nature's elements is awesome! Wonderful activity to go with the book :-)

  8. How fun! I love all the ways you come up with for bringing books to life!


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