We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Celebrating 30 Years
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt celebrated it’s 30 anniversary in 2019. We decided to celebrate with an epic library hunt – with bears, of course.
Join The Bear Hunt website has a wonderful collection of resources, including certificates, downloadable activities, teacher notes and story time ideas, as well as a range of related videos.
Hidden around the library were clues to create a riddle, students then needed to answer. Their first step was to find the area they needed, from long, wavey grass to a big, dark forest. Our bear hunt was held right at the end of term and things were pretty rushed, so I am happy to say that most of our ‘locations’ were recycled. A cut green plastic table cloth for wavey grass, brown paper cut into oozey drips hung around our library’s sandpit, recycled enlarged picture of a forest, snowflakes, and a strip of blue paper cut into a wavey river shape. The plan was to use library furniture (cube seating) and a big dark cloth to create a bear cave. Unfortunately, time did not permit, and so a printed picture of a cave had to suffice. A giant teddy was our friendly bear, and some of the librarians got into the spirit by wearing cute bear ears.
We also held a map drawing competition, with prizes awarded for the most creative and the most accurate bear hunt maps. We had some wonderful entries. Thanks to Penguin Australia for supplying beautiful Puffin library bags, which we used as prizes, along with posters, bookmarks and stickers.
In our library makerspace, we used the library Ozobot to create Bear Hunt maps. There were some wonderfully creative ideas and even a cute, friendly bear for Ozobot to navigate.