We went on a bear hunt!

After being inspired by the children’s new favourite book.  

I decided that this half term we would go on our own little bear hunt. This meant us going on a walk down into the wood near my house while reciting the story repeatedly and while I tried to snap as many picture as I could. Plus it meant I got to final test out the back sling I brought to carry Baby in.

The weather has been very bloody beautiful this week and has been a welcomed changed because it meant that our walk wouldn’t be put on hold. I arranged a day out with a friend and her children, but the original plan was changed and we instead decide to packed a picnic and go on a adventure. 


We were all really excited to go for a hike around the woods. Even Baby was excited and was loving her new carrier. So off we set, with our picnic packed the kids raring to go and everyone excited for the fun.

“We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.” 


“We’re Going To Catch A BIG One.”   

 “What A Beautiful Day!”

 “We’re Not Scared.” 


We had great fun and we ticked most of the books adventures, like mud, forest, a little beck (almost a river). Lucky for us there wasn’t a snowstorm or any dark caves. 

Sadly we didn’t find any bears but we saw sheep, cows, horses and a cute family of donkeys. 


We managed to get round our walk and at end we worked out that we had all managed to do about 4 miles and were completely exhausted. But like kids do they some how managed to find loads of energy just as we got home to sit down. 

It was then that the boys asked if they could have a camp out. I thought why not the weather is lovely and I knew our tents needed to be aired out soon. (It had been a few years) 

So we got out a tent and put it up in the garden.


The boys wanted a camp fire to roast marshmallows but that wasn’t possible, instead we managed to talk them into a BBQ for tea.

They seemed happy with them. 

Soon it was time for my friend and her girls to leave, Hubby and our girls went to bed. Which left me and the boys to try to snuggle down and get comfy in the tent in the garden. 


As you can tell they were very happy and really excited. 

When I first agreed to the idea of camping in the garden I had seriously thought that they would have been happy to sit in tent, tell ghost stories and then realise it was cold, uncomfy (my air bed bust a few years back, so we were sleeping on just hard ground) and that they would want to crawl back into their own beds in time for me to curl up on sofa and watch Scandal.

I was very wrong and we stayed out there all night. They even stayed out there this morning when I had finally decided I could pretend to sleep anymore an I needed the loo and then a coffee!

I was happy to see they loved camping as much as I normally do. Hopefully next year when baby is a little older we can look into booking a family camping holiday.

Do you ever acted out your kids books?

Have you ever camped in the garden?

Nikki x

Ps, sorry it’s such a photo heavy post but I hope you enjoyed it.

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26 thoughts on “We went on a bear hunt!

  1. This is one of Osian’s favourite books at the moment. Last weekend we went on an Easter Egg hunt, and I said ‘we’re going on an egg hunt, we’re going to catch a big one, what a beautiful day, we’re not hungry’ couldn’t think of any other last word! Your hunt sounds like so much fun. Lovely photos, the boys look super excited for their camp out! Xxx

  2. What a great way to spend the day, it’s always great to do things like this or the gruffalo trail, it helps to bring the kids imagination to life and keeps them interested in reading more. It’s great that the boys enjoyed camping in the garden, I bet they can’t wait to do it again. Thanks for linking up with Country Kids.

  3. We’ve done this before – it makes a walk in the woods so much more interesting! It is one of those books where everyone knows the words and actions too. We also like to hunt for Gruffalo’s, Stick man and a log pile house whilst in the woods too. #countrykids

  4. Ah, we love this book too. Such a classic story. We also love going on bear hunts in our local park. Sometimes, we go on bear hunts indoors and I hide all their teddy bears around the house – they think it’s brilliant fun. We saw the touring theatre production a couple of years ago and it was fantastic. Really recommend it if it comes your way. x

  5. I love everything about this post, what a fun way to celebrate a brilliant book, the nursery class would take the children to the woodland area at school every week for a bear hunt, lots of fun,
    And yay you for the garden camping!

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  8. Looks like fun! Mushroom loves a bear hunt, whenever I say it’s a beautiful day he starts reciting the book! We do so many ‘bear hunts’ I hadn’t thought to blog about it though… Love the camping in the garden idea too, looks like they had a lot of fun.

  9. Such a great idea to turn the book into a walk and so nice that you’ve got the animals and wildlife on your doorstep. #countrykids

  10. I love that book! sadly where i live we would have to travel some distance to get and animals or woods to attempt to reinact the book. Camping looked fun!

  11. OMG love Baby’s expression in the pictures. Its also one of my daughters favourite books we have recently discovered an new wooded area near by and are heading there again today a lot of things to go over and under. I am glad your kids enjoyed camping future family holiday when baby is bigger. šŸ™‚

  12. Looks like great fun! We love that book I’m our house too and glad to see you all enjoyed it so much! Loving the camping too šŸ™‚ xx #letkidsbekids

  13. Great post, we love acting out stories too, The Bear Hunt and The Gruffalo’s child are favourites here! Love the camping in the garden, we’ll be getting our tent out sometime this year too. šŸ™‚ x

  14. What a lovely fun packed day (and night)! Great to go on a bear hunt, fab way to get children to enjoy a walk. Well done for sleeping out all night šŸ˜‰
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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