Last night after dinner, I took the girls on a walk. I was trying to get some wiggles out (after how many days stuck inside in the rain?), and also trying to get them a bit tired out before bed. My mom offered to run a warm tub, and the girls had their bedtime stuff all set out. So off we went into the rain, with slickers and umbrellas and some of us in rain boots.
We walked to a local pond and visited the white goose, and then started back, with a lot of puddle jumping by the folks in rain boots. When we got close to home, there was a huge puddle, and I was feeling jealous of the puddle jumpers. Since we were close to home, I held hands with MG and we jumped into the puddle. Then we kept jumping over and over! Great fun was had by all, and we were all quite wet by the end of it.
As we started walking away from the puddle, LG’s boots had water in them, and they made wonderful “squelch, squerch, squelch, squerch” noises, just like the ones made in We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as they walk through the mud.
This inspired me, and the rest of our walk had We’re Going on a Bear Hunt as a spoken word accompaniment.
“We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re gonna catch a big one! What a beautiful day, we’re not scared!”
Going through the river, the mud, the long grass of the meadow, etc – then bumping into the bear and running all the way home back through the meadow, mud, river, etc.
I highly recommend reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt if you haven’t already (such cute pictures! what a catchy refrain!), but more than that, go re-enact it and take your kids for a walk (whatever the weather), and incorporate the obstacles on your walk into the retelling of story.
Now, what other books would work well for re-enacting on a walk?