We're Going on a Bear Hunt Magic Books Editable thumbnails. Practise story retelling. Practise nature and people/family vocabulary. Practise fine motor skills. Practise prepositions of movement.

Bear Hunt Magic books to 'wow' your ESL kids

Family, nature, story text....but where's the bear?! Your ESL learners will love working out how the secret segment works and making their own.

♦ Engaging for all ages! Stretch your older learners with tracing the text or even creating their own hidden pictures.

♦ Includes ALL key language from the story: family/people; nature; prepositions; useful phrases.

♦Includes loads of ideas for language practice both during and after the craft.

♦ A fun and interactive way to incorporate story retelling, and bring English outside the classroom.

Ready for some Bear Hunt Magic? Get your templates and lesson ideas here:

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What will my ESL young learners learn?

Apart from developing useful listening and speaking skills, they’ll also be working on their spatial awareness and problem solving. This is also a great craft for getting kids to support each other and develop their social relationships.

There are opportunities to practise ALL of the language fromt he Bear Hunt story.

Don’t forget the valuable classroom language you’ll be helping them learn. See a summary below:

Nature vocabulary

grass, river, mud, a forest, a snowstorm, a cave


man, woman, girl, boy, baby, dog, bear

Family vocabulary

dad/father, mum/mother, sister, brother, baby


over, under, through

Sample story language

We’re going on a bear hunt. / We’re going to catch a big one.

What a beautiful day! / We’re not scared.

Oh no! What’s that?

It’s a (river) /It’s (mud).

We can’t go (over/under it). / We have to go through it.

Quick! Back through the (forest)


  • ‘going on’ + noun

e.g. We’re going on a bear hunt. / I’m going on a bus. / You’re going on holiday.

  • ‘going to’ + verb

e.g. They’re going to catch a bear. / He’s going to go through the river. / She’s going to see a bear.

  • exclamations

e.g. What a beautiful day! What a horrible day!


Game and activity language

Is it…? Yes, it is. No, it isn’t. What is it? It’s a.. It’s…

Can you  find the…? I can see a… Where’s the bear? Here it is! It’s here.

Where does this go? Like this? Put it under, then over, then under.

Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, pencil, crayons, pens, scissors, paper, card, cut, fold, open, pull.

What do teachers say about the resources?

Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course! Maybe you have the time and enjoy creating things, but it has to be said that being a young learner teacher can involve a HUGE amount of extra work making materials. Give yourself a break!

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! They work great for mixed aged groups and different abilities because they come with different templates AND different suggestions with how to use the resource. No time wasted on adapting different worksheets!

The provided activity suggestions for during and after the craft give you all the steps you need to create a fun and engaging lesson for your young learners.
Just add in the storytelling with and a game or two and you’re all set. Find supplementary material on the Bear Hunt Story Resource Page.

You can certainly find some free worksheets out there, but I can guarantee your young learners will be much more excited to create this. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

Once you’ve had a chance to use your materials, don’t forget to come back to leave a review. As a thank you, you’ll receive a 20% discount on any other resource : )


  • The kids love these little books

    I’ve always loved reading this story with children. I find it’s especially great in the language classroom for connecting preposition practice with kids’ fabulous imaginations. This little book is such a neat little treasure for kids to create and take home. The paper-folding wizardry is fabulous. Simple for us and magical for them!

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