Our love for the family adventure tale
We have been re-telling the story of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt (#BearHunt) for as long as I can remember but it’s been even more popular in the house over recent months with Jelly Bean who just loves it. It’s a story he knows well from preschool but his love was cemented further after our trip to the Royal Albert Hall during October half term when we watched An Orchestral Adventure. During the show they played out #BearHunt with the Orchestra and encouraged lots of audience participation. It was such a fun afternoon.
What is ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ film?
Based on the bestselling bedtime book, published by Walker Books, written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt film follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby and Rufus the dog, who decide on day to ‘catch a big one’ and set off on an expedition in search of bears.
Olivia Colman, Pam Ferris and Mark Williams provide the voices of the grown-ups whilst a team of top young talent breathes life into the child characters. And with author Michael Rosen channeling his inner grizzly as the bear, the film also introduces a brand new song written and performed by George Ezra.
Made with exquisite hand-drawn animation by Lupus Films, the team behind Channel 4 favourite The Snowman and The Snowdog, and produced by Walker Productions, this is sure to become another much-loved Christmas classic. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is set to enchant a whole new audience with its story of perseverance, optimism and a love of nature.
Pop it on the planner
This Christmas Eve Channel 4 is inviting you to pop on your wellies, wrap up warm and step into the snow for a wintry adventure with We’re Going on a Bear Hunt at 7.30pm and a repeat on Christmas Day at 5.25pm. This launch is causing much excitement as it’s a story which has been loved by families for years.
Bloggers #BearHunt kit
To celebrate the launch I received a special Bear Hunt bloggers kit which included the most beautiful Bear which I am fighting with my conscience over. I know that I should give it to one of the Beans but I love it so much that I am tempted to keep it for myself. The bear is available in three sizes; 14 inch, 9.5 inch and 8 inch and is stocked in Waterstones, Foyles, Harrods, Blue Diamond Garden Centres and Amazon. Also in the kit is the We’re Going on a Bear Hunt book, an activity sheet, stickers and bear ears for the little ones, information on how to download the Bear Hunt gaming app and information about the DVD which comes out on the 6th February.
Priced at £2.99 the app puts children in the story so that they can swish their way through the long grass whilst enjoying a spot of bug hunting. They can splash through the water and search for crabs at the beach before tiptoeing into the cave.
The app is available for Android and iOS. Requirements; iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5 and above, iPad 3 and above, and iPod Touch (4th & 5th generation). Requires Android 5.0 or later.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Book
The story is such a fun tale to inspire adventure and is great for interaction with your children, you can act it out and help children to understand the way something feels and the way it sounds. The book is widely available in paperback or board book at £6.99 RRP from all good booksellers.
It always brings out lots of laughter in our house and it’s already been added to the Christmas TV planner. Don’t wait until Christmas Eve to record it, we all know how time can run away with us over the festive period so add it to your planner now.
Free #BearHunt Printables
I wanted to be able to share some of my Bloggers #BearHunt kit with my readers so I have scanned and saved the activity sheets for you below to download and print off to join in the #BearHunt fun.
Merry Christmas xx
DISCLAIMER: We were sent the above Bloggers #BearHunt Kit in exchange for this post. All words, images and opinions are my own and may not be copied without my permission. I have not been instructed what to write.