Bear hunt sensory bottles (2 - 3 year olds)

Create sensory bottles for the popular children's book ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’.


Home Learning

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:
    1. Water bottle: water and blue colouring
    2. Forest bottle: sticks
    3. Grass bottle: grass if you have access or green feathers/paper
    4. Mud bottle: water and coffee
    5. Snow bottle: cotton wool

What to do

Help your child construct the bottles as in the photo below.

We're going on a bear hunt sensory bottles

Learning outcomes

  • 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)

Key words

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?

Video Resource