We’re Going on a Bear Hunt | Kids Yoga Class Plan

This class plan is part of the Children’s Book Bundle!

This is a souped-up kids yoga class plan based on the wonderful poem We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. I was asked by a school to create a kids yoga story that would help the children recognise lots of fictional bear characters from storybooks and TV – so I used We’re Going On A Bear Hunt as the basis of the story and then added a host of famous bears for us to meet. It worked so well I thought I’d share it with you. I hope you like it.

I printed out big pictures of all the famous bears and when they pop up in the kids yoga story I showed the picture to the children so they can call out the name as they recognise them. It’s fun to see which bears the kids recognise. The most famous polar bear I know of is Joybob the Polar Bear but he’s only a legend in our eyes, so I went for Yogi Bear instead 🙂

The links in red will take you to a ready-to-go printable picture of the bears and the links in blue will show you what the kids yoga poses look like! Hope you have fun on your bear hunts and please get in touch to tell me how you get on!

These are designed to be used by kids yoga teachers who have experience teaching yoga to children. To see an example (free) kids yoga script, please download The Very Hungry Caterpillar first as a free download.

Please note: If you don’t know how to instruct kids yoga poses, you will need further resources. Detail on all poses are included in the Big Yoga Posture Book and also on our YouTube channel as a series of free videos. We recommend also our fabulous online teacher training!

Today we’re going on a Bear hunt.
Let’s start by practicing our bear walking – up on our tiptoes, wide legs walking through the woods like a big bear! What colour is your bear? What does he or she like to eat?
Time to go! Let’s go and find some bears! We might find some bears that we know!
But it’s pouring rain outside! Pitter patter with your fingers on your face.
Let’s blow the rain away with a magic spell – cupping your hands at your mouth and a big blow. Now we bring the sun out with a hello sun salutation
That’s better! What a beautiful day! Let’s go!
Standing up. Let’s march (opposite arms to legs):

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

Standing with your legs and arms wide like a star or a really big bear.
What a beautiful day. Let’s wave to the sun and say hello sun!
We’re not scared. Standing tall and strong with our hands on our hips and shaking our heads side to side. No way! We are definitely NOT scared!
Uh! Oh! Grass! Standing tall, feet together, arms up straight with your palms together.
Long, wavy grass. Can we lean side to side to make wavy grass? Yes!!kung fu panda

We can’t go under it! Coming onto our tummies to wiggle under like a snake.
We can’t go over it! Tucking your toes, lifting your bottom to the sky like a dog.

We have to go through it. (Standing tall, hands to your hips, can you lift up one leg and swing it forward and back going) swishy swashy swishy swashy swishy swashy swoo! Now the other leg!)

But who’s this is the grass? It’s a bear we know! We’ve found Kung Fu Panda! We say Namaste! And Kung Fu Panda bows forward too!

Cool! Let’s see who else we can meet on our bear hunt!
Let’s march!

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re going to catch a big one. (Star pose.)
What a beautiful day. Let’s lift our arms and wave and say hello sun!
We’re not scared (Stand tall hands on hips, neck turns). No Way!
Uh! Oh! A river!
A deep, cold river – (give yourself a big hug and shiver! Brrrrr!)
We can’t go under it! Coming onto our tummies to wiggle under like a snake.
We can’t go over it! Tucking your toes, lifting your bottom to the sky like a dog.

We have to go through it.

Look a boat! We get in and start to row, cheering ourselves up with a sing song of row row row your boat!Rupert Bear

Up ahead we see a bridge. And on the bridge is Rupert the Bear!

He’s on the telephone! All of a sudden our telephone starts to ring! RRRIIING RRRIINNG! We answer it.

“Hello?” It’s Rupert the Bear!

“It’s jolly nice to speak to you too Rupert. Oh yes? We’ll be careful of the snowstorm ahead. Thanks for the tip old boy! Tata!”
And we put the phone down.
Then the telephone rings again! RRRIIING RRRIINNG! We answer using the other foot!
“Hello?” It’s Rupert again! “OK Rupert. If we see Winnie the Pooh we’ll warn him about the bees nest! Bye!”
We pop that phone down and carry on with our bear hunt as we’ve managed to cross that river now! Phew!

We march again!

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re going to catch a big one. (Star pose.)
What a beautiful day. Let’s lift our arms and wave and say hello sun!
We’re not scared (Stand tall, hands on hips, neck turns). No Way!

Uh oh! Mud! Come to your hands and knees and lift one arm to the sky, then the other one!
Thick oozy mud!
We can’t go under it! Coming onto our tummies to wiggle under like a snake.
We can’t go over it! Tucking your toes, lifting your bottom to the sky like a dog.
We have to go through it. (Taking big ginormous steps, lunging through the sticky mud! Saying squelch squerch as we go!

Paddington bear

Who’s this stuck in the mud?! It’s Paddington Bear! He’s looking for the train station. He needs to get back to London! What’s that? We can hear something. Rubbing our ears. It’s the toot toot of the train’s horn. The train station isn’t far! Together we take big steps out of the mud and take Paddington Bear to the train station. We say Namaste and off he goes on the train. We make a line like a train and say clickety clack clickety clack here we go around the track as we toot toot around the room. We wave and say Toodle-oo as we come back to our spot!

Off we go again! Let’s march!

We’re going on a bear hunt
We’re going to catch a big one. (Star pose.)
What a beautiful day. Let’s lift our arms and wave and say hello sun.
We’re not scared (Stand tall, hands on hips, neck turns). No Way!

Uh oh! A forest!
A big, dark forest and it’s full of trees. Come to tree pose everyone. Let’s see those big tall trees.
We can’t go under it! Coming onto our tummies to wiggle under like a snake.
We can’t go over it! Tucking your toes, lifting your bottom to the sky like a dog.
We have to go through it. Let me see if I can blow you over, using your other leg now to stand tall in tree pose. Can I make you wobble? Let’s see. (Move round and blow the trees).

We can hear something! Rubbing our ears again. Listen. That’s a humming sound! Bees! Sitting down, legs crossed, fingers in your ears and hummmmm. (Bumble Bee breaths). And running this way is none other than Winnie the Pooh! winnie_the_pooh
Wow!
He’s holding a pot of honey. Oh! Now we understand why all the bees are chasing him!

“Quick! Help me hide” Winnie says. We see a little house and open the door for Winnie. Creeeeaaak. He dashes inside and we close the door before the bees catch up with him! He gives us a little wave and a Namaste through the window.
That was exciting! On we go!

Let’s march!

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one. (Star pose.)
What a beautiful day! Let’s lift our arms and wave and say hello sun
We’re not scared. (Stand tall, hands on hips, neck turns). No Way!

Uh oh! A snowstorm! A swirling whirling snowstorm. Rupert Bear warned us about this! Standing tall, legs a little bit wider than your hips and spin side to side, letting your arms float round as you spin from your waist.
We can’t go under it. Coming onto our tummies to wiggle under like a snake.
We can’t go over it. Tucking your toes, lifting your bottom to the sky like a dog..
We have to go through it. Sitting down, cross legs, hands behind your head we spin from the waist again saying hooo whoo hooo whoo hooo whooo as we spin (Washing machine).

Who’s that! It’s Yogi Bear. yogi bear In the snow, he’s pretending to be a polar bear. He is taking shelter from the snowstorm and offers us a lovely cup of hot chocolate. Mmmm. We pat our head and rub our tummy at the same time as we enjoy the warming cup of hot chocolate in the snow! We say Namaste to Yogi Bear and carry on!

Time to go!
Let’s march!

We’re going on a bear hunt.
We’re going to catch a big one. (Star pose.)
What a beautiful day! Let’s lift our arms and wave and say hello sun
We’re not scared (Stand tall, hands on hips, neck turns). No Way!

Uh oh! A cave!
A damp and gloomy cave. (Standing in cave pose.)
We can’t go under it. Coming onto our tummies to wiggle under like a snake.
We can’t go over it. Tucking your toes, lifting your bottom to the sky like a dog..
We have to go through it. So we tiptoe trying to avoid the drips of water inside the cave.
We put our hands out in front of us and feel something (can also close eyes here)…What’s that???
One wet shiny nose! (massage your nose.)
Two big furry ears! (massage your ears.)
Two big googly eyes! (Eye exercises. Follow your thumb with your eyes going up, down, side to side, round and round.

Suddenly we hear a big ROAR! Lion pose. IT’S A HUGE BEAR!
Quick!

Back through the cave! On our Tiptoes
Back through the snowstorm (standing spins)! With a Hooo Whooo…. washing machine.
Back through the forest! All those trees, first on one side then the other.
Back through the mud! Squelch squerch sticky mud lunges.
Back through the river! Let’s swim this time on our tummies going splashy sploshy all the way across.
Back through the grass! Using your legs to go Swishy swashy
We get to the front door.

Open the door.
We run (on the spot) upstairs.
Oh no! We forgot to shut the door!
We run back downstairs again (run on spot).
Then we shut the door (other side)
Run back upstairs (on the spot).
Into our bedroom
Then into bed (lie down).
We snuggle up under the covers getting comfy. And say…
WE’RE NOT GOING ON A BEAR HUNT AGAIN!

Relaxation

RelaxationWell that was fun. We met lots of bears today on our bear hunt.

That last one was a little scary but it was exciting. We’re glad to be home now, and tucked up in our own comfy beds.

We close our eyes now and we are very very still.
Ahh. You feel your whole body relax into the bed.
You let your legs relax on the warm sheets. Your long back melts into the soft bed. Your arms are relaxed by your sides and your head feels relaxed on the comfy pillow.
We remember our journey today. Swishing through the long wavy grass, splashing in the river, squelching through that oozy sticky mud, walking through the trees in the forest and whirling through snowflakes in the snowstorm!
Which part did you enjoy? And which bears do you remember?

Time to wake up now. If you keep very still a lovely cuddly teddy will come and whisper in your ear. (Go round with a teddy and snuggle the children with him to wake them up.)

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