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The Bear Hunt


(An interactive story that parents can do with their children)

Would you like to go on a bear hunt? OK, let's go! Watch me and do all the things that I do and repeat after me all the things that I say. Here we go! We're going on a bear hunt, everybody march. (Make a marching sound by slapping your knees with your hands, alternating).

I see a river--a great big river. We can't go around it. We can't go under it. We can't go over it. I guess that we'll have to swim it. (Pretend to swim by rotating your arms. Then resume marching.)

I see a tree--a great big tree. We can't go around it. We can't go under it. We can't go over it. I guess that we'll have to climb it. (Pretend to climb, using just your arms. When you reach the top, look around, shading your eyes. Climb down and resume marching.)

I see a wheat field--a great big wheat field. We can't go around it. We can't go under it. We can't go over it. I guess we'll have to go through it. (Make the sound of walking through wheat by rubbing your hands. Resume marching.)

I see a cave--a great big cave. We can't go around it. We can't go under it. We can't go over it. I guess we'll have to go in it. (Feel in front of you as though in the dark>) It sure is dark in here. I feel something. (Go through the motions.) It's big. It's fuzzy. I think it's a bear!! It is a bear!! Let's get out of here fast!!

(At this point, retrace all the motions hurriedly. Of course, you'll get through fast.) I beat you home. And now you've been on a bear hunt!!



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