We're going on a Bear Hunt
Gonna catch a big one
We're not scared
Oh look, a forest! A tall, tall forest.
We can't go over it, we can't go under it.
We've got to go through it....
On Friday morning we joined Paul, and Lead Adventurer at We Are Adventurers for a Teddy Bear Hunt in the Forest at Chorlton Water Park in Manchester. This fun activity was part of the Babes in the Wood Course, a series of six one our sessions for under five's to encourage little ones to get to grips with puddles, creepy crawlies and the great outdoors.
The weather was not great, the ground was wet and the rain was still coming down when we got there, but a little bit of water and mud would't stop our adventurous daughter, it just makes things even more fun as there are Muddy Puddles to jump in! (What child doesn't love muddy puddles?) We popped on the wellies and the waterproofs and off we went into the forest...
After a quick briefing about nettles and not picking up any rubbish, Paul told the children that we were there to hunt for bears so they should look on the ground for paw prints. Elizabeth's eyes immediately started scanning the undergrowth and it wasn't long before her face lit up as she had spotted a teddy bear hiding under a tree! After a brief look at us for reassurance that she was allowed to pick it up she toddled off to grab it and continued along spotting those cheeky teddy bears hiding in all sorts of places...
They were up trees, behind bushes, at the top of little hills, and even at the end of tunnels!
The children's excitement grew each time they spotted a bear, exclaiming, pointing and scrambling through the leaves and bushes to get to it!
The trail we followed led us to a clearing in the woods where we found some shelter in the form of a hidden den, we all sat down on the blanket undercover of canvas to listen to Paul reading Michael Rosen's popular children's story, 'We're going on a Bear Hunt', Elizabeth followed intently, joining in with the actions and words in parts as this is one of her favourite books at the moment.
After a fun storytime the crayons and paper came out and we created our own 'paw prints' by drawing around our hands, before warming up with some well deserved hot chocolate!
After relaxing in the den counting the teddy bears the children had collected and watching the rain come down through the trees, we had another wander around and this time found something else hiding in the forest; baby Frogs!!
Despite at first attempting to pick one up with a pincer grip (!) I was really impressed at how gentle Elizabeth was holding it in her hand and peering intently at the tiny little creature, when we got home she excitedly told Nanna that she held a baby frog and it 'tickled her hand.'
I couldn't get over how tiny they were!
We had a really great time and it's been the topic of conversation in our house all weekend, really encouraging my two year old to talk about the different things she discovered. The Bear Hunt is just one of the sessions that We Are Adventurers offer as part of their Babes in the Wood course that takes place on