I love the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury — and that was the basis of the class we took today in the woodlands surrounding Burtonwood.
We went along with a friend who has a little girl twelve weeks older than BB, but they’re very similar in demeanour so we knew we wouldn’t have any major problems with them. It was actually wonderful as I haven’t seen them since we took BB to baby classes, so it was like a little reunion of sorts!
We spent the morning exploring the woods — he did play with other children, but preferred to be wandering off into the woods with no direction. The woodland floor was soft and there wasn’t any dangers, so I followed him and let him wander to his hearts content — for him, being somewhere he can roam freely without traffic, nettles or other dangers is a rarity.
The class followed ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ so long swishy grass, squishy squealchy mud and other phrases from the book did feature. After a small walk through a meadow and into the woodland, we found ourselves in a clearing which was set up with various activities from a washing line with pegs, a hammock and wooden toys to a hole filled with water to make a mud bath. Admittedly, we didn’t explore the mud bath as my friend had kindly given us a lift to the class — I didn’t think repaying her in mud was a good idea!
As you can see by the last picture, bears were hidden around the wood to continue the bear hunt theme — he wasn’t so interested in those, but did love the wooden instruments. Eventually, after the children were tired and getting cranky she wrapped up the class with a little fire and some marshmallows. She did offer to let BB toast his own which made my toes curl (hey, that’s more me than her!) but I opted to let him just eat the mallow on a stick.
Introducing fire to BB really isn’t what I want right now, but for the older children it was lovely to see.
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