We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Story Stones

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Story Stones

A set of stones with painted images are shown. They are to accompany a retelling of We're Going on A Bear Hunt.

We made these We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story stones to mark this classic book’s 30th birthday.
This is a book that brings up all of the warm and fuzzies for so many readers.
And what is a childhood without reenacting the legendary Bear Hunt with some swishy-swashying in long, wavy grass and squelch-squerching in thick, oozy mud?  (This read of the story by the author Michael Rosen is so fun.)

Story stones are a fabulous way to help young readers retell the story. They are a concrete material that helps deepen comprehension of the book.

What you will need to make your Bear Hunt Story Stones:

Some smooth stones (I bought mine from Cleverpatch. You could try your local garden centre or go on a rock collecting walk.)
My free Bear Hunt Story Stones printable*
PVA glue or Mod Podge
Scissors
“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” Story Stones Printable

A bird's eye view of a craft table is shown. Childrens' hands are squeezing glue.

The process is pretty simple.

Download the “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” Story Stones Printable.

Cut out each oval from the printable.
Choose a stone for each scene.
You will need to trim the oval down to fit each unique stone.
Use PVA glue or Mod Podge to glue the paper onto the stone- “just a dot, not a lot.”
Then put a thin coat of PVA glue / Mod Podge over the paper. This helps to give your story stones a nice gloss, but most importantly, it seals the paper and helps your story stones last a bit longer.

When we made these story stones in my READ + CREATE classes, the conversations that arose were the CUTEST.
One mini maker wondered why they went on a bear hunt if they didn’t really want to find a bear.
We all wondered how the bear was feeling as he trudged back to his cave.

If you do use this printable to make your own We’re Going on a Bear Hunt story stones, I’d love to see them! Tag me on IG or FB with @ohcreativeday.

Text overlay reads We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Story Stones Grab your free printable

READ + CREATE: Painting to Music

READ + CREATE: Painting to Music

The cover of a picture book called Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith is displayed with childrens' paintings.

Have you ever experimented with painting to music with your little ones?
We were lucky enough to receive a review copy of Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyuz from the kind folks at Walker Books.

READ: A book that explores music
CREATE:A musical painting

Bear tears up the dance floor with his repertoire of dance moves.
He can foxtrot. Quickstep. Hula. Belly dance.

This is such a rollicking good read, and Bear would give John Travolta a run for his Saturday Night Fever money.
As soon as I flipped through it, I knew that we would extend our reading of the book through musical painting.

Spreads from the picture book Bear Moves by Ben Bailey-Smith are displayed.

What we used when painting to music:

A watercolour palette
Watercolour paper
You could substitute the above with whatever materials you have on hand-
markers, crayons, newspaper, butchers paper

A Spotify playlist containing songs from the different musical genres in Bear Moves. E.g- quickstep, foxtrot, hula

Tips for painting to music with kids:

Have your materials organised and set up.

Our playlist was organised in the order of the musical genres explored in Bear Moves. So we flipped through the book as the songs changed.

You can see my kids in action with this activity over on Instagram.

A look at one spread from Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith. Text on page reads One for mums and dads and whatnot. Grab a friend and do the foxtrot!

I encouraged my children to use a different colour of paint for each musical genre.

As the music changed, I asked questions like “What kinds of marks does this music make you want to paint?” “How does this music make you feel?” “What colour suits this style of music?”

“This makes me want to paint zig zags!”
– Mr 3

My number 1 tip would be to complete this activity alongside your children- because it is THAT fun.

If you love the idea behind this project, why not go large scale? Check out Cara and Kinley’s Musical Canvas Experiment!

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The cover of a picture book called Bear Moves by Ben Bailey Smith is displayed with childrens' paintings. Text overlay reads Musical Painting Book Based Art.