We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Small world play craft. Use in story retelling. Practise prepositions, nature, family/people vocabulary. Use in free play. Use in listen and position activities.

The best Bear Hunt fun with a brilliant small world play craft

Bring We're Going on a Bear Hunt to life with this dynamic and engaging small world play craft.

♦ Ideal for encouraging English use in a natural playful way.

♦ Super-simple to make, even your littlest learners will be able to make these without lots of help from you.

♦ Stretch your literate learners with the cut and paste matching text templates.

♦ Planning made easy with lots of included ideas for how to make and play for maximum interaction and language practice.

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What will my ESL young learners learn?

This bear hunt small world play craft is really useful for mixed abilities and age groups. There’s something for everyone!

There are plenty of opportunities to develop listening and speaking skills, and you can even practise reading and writing skills with the tracing and matching text templates.

It’s perfect for practising nature and family/people vocabulary. It’s also great for prepositions of place and movement. Of course, they’ll get lots of opportunities to follow and retell the story too.

See a summary of the language you can focus on 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

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

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

What’s first? second? What does this say?

Can you find the…? I can see a… Where does this go? It goes here. It goes there. It goes next to/under the…

Can I have..? Here you are. Thank you. You’re welcome. Colours, scissors, cut, paper, card.

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 pre, during and after the craft give you all the steps you need to create a fun and engaging lesson for your young learners. 

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 : )

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