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Going On A Bear Hunt
Traditional, adapted by Michael Levine and Eric Litwin 

Lyrics:

We’re going on a bear hunt! 

We’re gonna catch a big one. 

What a beautiful day 

I’m not scared.


What's that? 

It's tall & tan & troubling 

Is that a wheat field? 

"Yes, that's a wheat field" 

Can't go over it 

Can't go under it, 

What should we do? 

"Let's go through!"


Swoosh swoosh swoosh swoosh


We’re going on a bear hunt! 

We’re gonna catch a big one. 

What a beautiful day 

I’m not scared.


What's that? 

It's wide & windy & wet Is that a river? 

"Yes, that's a river!" 

Can't go over it 

Can't go under it, 

What should we do? 

"Let's go through!"


Splish splash ...


We’re going on a bear hunt! 

We’re gonna catch a big one. 

What a beautiful day 

I’m not scared.


What's that? 

It's deep & dark & damp Is that a cave? 

"Yes, that's a cave!" 

Can't go over it 

Can't go under it, 

What should we do? 

"Let's go through!"


Tippy toe....


What's that? 

Feels like a nose, & is that an ear? 

fur, a mouth Are those teeth? 

Yikes! It's a bear!


Tippy toe.... 

Splish splash ... 

Swoosh swoosh swoosh swoosh


Back into the house, 

Shut the door 

Lock it! 

Whew!

I wasn't scared.


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Activities:


This is a fun interactive story. It teaches kids dramatic interpretation, motor coordination(with the hand movements), call & response & also different lengths of notes (swoosh in the first verse is half notes, splish splash is quarter notes, slippety sloppety is eighth note triplets & tippy toe is a variation on eighth note triplets like blues shuffle). 

For the choruses, you can simply pat your laps to the beat. Or you can move your arms like you’re walking, and for “I’m not scared,” point to yourself with a proud look on your face. 

For “What’s that?” & the next line, you can do a “drum roll” on your lap or knees to create suspense. 

For “Is that a ...?,” point both hands to yourself, and then hold your palms out to your child to indicate they should answer, “Yes, that’s a ...” They may not get it the first verse, but maybe by the 2nd or 3rd verses. 

For “Can’t go over it, Can't go under it, What should we do?” raise your hands up & over, then down & under and then shrug with arms out. Then hold your palms out to the class again to indicate they should answer, “Let’s go through!” 

1st verse - for “swoosh swoosh” put a hand in front of you and swipe it to the side as if moving tall grass out of your way. Repeat with the other hand back & forth. Do each swoosh as a half note. 

2nd verse – for “splish splash” pretend to do a freestyle stroke with your arms. Do each movement as a quarter note 

3rd verse – for “slippety sloppety” you can slide your arms along your lap, doing one arm per each “slippety sloppety,” as if your arms are sticking to your legs through mud. 

4th verse – for “tippy toe” walk your index and middle finger of one hand along the ground 

For “What's that?, Feels like a nose, & is that an ear? fur, a mouth, Are those teeth?” you can feel your own face or your child’s. The throw your hands up to scream, “Yikes! It's a bear! 

Do each movement backwards, shut the “door” & pretend to breath hard when saying the last lines.

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