Create sensory bottles for the popular children's book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.
Making props for a book helps children engage more with the story; by using the props throughout the book they will retain focus and feel ownership. It is also great for children to express their imagination and creativity. This is a great activity for the children whilst they are making the bottles and then every time you read the book!
If you don’t have the book, we have included a YouTube video of the book performed by the author, Michael Rosen below.
You will need
- 5 empty plastic bottles (recycled bottles). Inside each bottle you will need:
- Water bottle: water and blue colouring
- Forest bottle: sticks
- Grass bottle: grass if you have access or green feathers/paper
- Mud bottle: water and coffee
- Snow bottle: cotton wool
What to do
Help your child construct the bottles as in the photo below.
- Repeats words or phrases from familiar stories.
- Fills in the missing word or phrase in a known rhyme, story or game, e.g. ‘Humpty Dumpty sat on a …’.
- Enjoys playing with small-world models such as a farm, a garage, or a train track.
- Notices detailed features of objects in their environment.
- Beginning to make-believe by pretending.
- Turns pages in a book.
- Identifies action words by pointing to the right picture, e.g., “Who’s jumping?”
- Understands more complex sentences, e.g. ‘Put your toys away and then we’ll read a book.’
- Understands ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ in simple questions (e.g. Who’s that/can? What’s that? Where is.?).
- Developing understanding of simple concepts (e.g. big/little)
Bear, forest, run, baby, children, dad, snow storm, water, mud, hear, feel, shake, see
Ask your child
- What can you see in the bottle?
- Can you hear anything ?
- What can you put in the bottles?
- What colour is that?