We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Map & Binoculars (with FREE Printable)

Here’s a fun binocular and map craft inspired by the popular children’s book, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! This kids’ activity is a great way to bring the story to life for kids of all ages. The post also includes a free printable sequencing sheet for kids.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt Map & Binocular Craft~ BuggyandBuddy.com


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The Preschool Book Club is back this week with creative activities for kids inspired by the story, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt! Every other week we’ll all be sharing some fun activities for kids all based the book of the week.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Map & Binoculars

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is one of my favorite books to read to children. It’s impossible for kids to resist participating in the repetitive text, and the book lends itself to all kinds of imaginative play. We created our own maps and binoculars so we could bring the story to life right at home!

Making the Binoculars

Start by decorating two empty cardboard tubes (we used toilet paper rolls). (I found a mini roll of duct tape (similar to this one) at our local craft store and used it to decorate the two tubes.)


add colorful tape to toilet paper rolls to make binoculars


To create a space between the two tubes, cut a small piece of cardboard from an empty cardboard tube you aren’t using. Fold the sides of the small piece of cardboard down.

Glue or tape each folded side to each cardboard tube to form your binoculars.


binocular craft for kids


Punch one hole into either side of your binoculars. (This is my favorite single hole punch. It easily punched a hole through the cardboard!) Tie a long piece of yarn through the holes, and you’re done!


homemade binocular craft for kids

Making the Map

This map activity is a great way to create art while retelling the events from the story. We made our map using art and craft supplies we already had at home. I’ll describe to you how we made each section, but you can easily modify the map based on supplies you have readily available to you.

What We Used for Our Maps

How We Made Our Maps

1. You’ll be making six little pictures on your map. Older children can probably visualize where to put the pictures, but I found it was easier for my 3 year old to already have the paper divided into six sections. To make the six sections, I folded the paper in half horizontally and then folded each side in to create thirds. When you unfold it you have 6 spaces.


how to fold paper into six sections


2. In the first space we created the “long, wavy grass”. To create my grass, I cut out a small rectangle from green construction paper. I then cut lots of tiny slits to create the grass and glued it onto my paper. (My 3 year old found it easier to glue green crinkle paper for grass rather than cut his own from construction paper.)


3. Next we made the “deep, cold river”. I had a sheet of shiny, blue scrapbooking paper that was perfect. We cut our rivers out of the paper and glued them onto our maps.


4. The “thick, oozy mud” was the kids’ favorite part of the map! We dipped our fingers into some brown tempera paint and used our fingers to paint mud onto our maps. We then sprinkled some sand onto the wet paint to really make it look muddy!


map craft for We're Going on a Bear Hunt


5. Up next was the “big, dark forest”. We used mini popsicle sticks and green construction paper to make our forests. (I pre-cut the treetops for Theo.)


6. To make the “swirling, whirling snowstorm” we pulled apart cotton balls and glued them down as snow. We also drew snowflakes with liquid glue and sprinkled some snow-like glitter onto the glue. (Younger children will find it easier to make snowflake dots with the glue rather than draw snowflakes.)


7. The last section of the map is the “narrow, gloomy cave”. We cut out our caves from brown construction paper and cut a door into the caves that can open and close. We cut out the bears from our free printable (which you can find at the end of the post) and glued them inside of our caves.


map craft


8. For the finishing touch, we used a black Sharpie to create a path on our maps.


Map Craft Activity for Kids Inspired by We're Going on a Bear Hunt


Here you can see my three year old’s map. He used crinkled paper for the grass and made glue dots rather than flakes for the snow.


preschool map craft

Bringing the Story to Life

Prior to making our maps and binoculars, we had read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt over and over during the previous few weeks. (There’s even a song on this Greg & Steve CD where you can act out the story as it’s being recited. My kindergarteners used to LOVE this!)

After becoming familiar with the story and having acted it out with our Greg & Steve CD, we took our maps and binoculars outside and went on our own bear hunts in the backyard!


We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activity for Kids


Theo designated different parts of our yard to be places from the story (a corner of the yard with trees was our forest, our sandy area was the mud, etc.). Once we got to the end of the map and discovered the bear, we’d reverse our path and run all the way back home! (Kids always seem to love how the journey to the bear is done at a slow pace and then the trip back is super fast!)


We're Going on a Bear Hunt Activity for Kids


When we were done going on our bear hunts, we put our maps and binoculars (along with the book) in a basket right by our backyard to be enjoyed again and again!


Retelling Activity for Kids: We're Going on a Bear Hunt- Make a map and binoculars and go on an adventure while retelling a popular children's book! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Free Sequencing Printable

I created this free printable to be used with retelling the story. In each square your child can draw all the places the characters went along their journey to the bear cave!

free sequencing printable for We're Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Sequencing Page

*Clipart from Scrappin Doodles

 We're Going on a Bear Hunt Map and Binocular Activity for Kids~ BuggyandBuddy.com

Retelling Activity for We're Going on a Bear Hunt- Make a map and binoculars and head outside on your very own adventure! ~ BuggyandBuddy.com


More We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Activities

Be sure to check out all the creative We’re Going on a Bear Hunt activities created by the other members of The Preschool Book Club Series!

Activities for Kids Based on the Book, We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Bear Puppet Snack from Sugar Aunts

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Sensory Tray from Mama Papa Bubba

Paper Bag Bear Puppets from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Sensory Collages from Homegrown Friends


*This activity was originally published on September 22, 2014 and has since been updated.

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Retelling Activity for Kids: We're Going on a Bear Hunt- Make a map and binoculars and go on an adventure while retelling a popular children's book! ~BuggyandBuddy.com


  1. Oh I love the idea of using the map and then bringing the story to life outside! What a clever idea! Pinned!

  2. I love this idea so much! I am going to try it out with students with autism.
    I am adapting it a few ways (as my ‘kids’ are slightly older)!

    1. Working on printing/spelling and writing size. I am going to have my students number the boxes 1-6 and write out what will go in (grass, river, etc).
    2. Since we are always working on sequencing and telling stories I love the idea of this becoming the ‘story map’. I plan on having them retell the story based on their map. I am actually hoping for some variation in the placement of items so we can have a conversation about it 🙂
    3. I love this for recalling information AND planning out a sequence. I think this story will be our gateway, but we will continue using the map idea to discuss other books, write/plan their own stories, and helping them to understand conflict/resolution in stories.
    I am SO excited by the possibilities for this activity! In addition to adapting it with my students, I cannot wait to try it as planned out here with my son when he gets a little older!
    Thank you for sharing!!

    • Thank you so much for sharing all these ideas and adaptations- I love them and think other readers will find them helpful as well! Please keep me posted on how it goes!

  3. I made my map for bare feet to explore! In boxes with low sides I collected from Costco as I shopped and a plastic box for the river. Filled one box with Easter grass, one with shaving cream and silver glitter, the next one was filled with potting soil and a few large smooth rocks, ( I love rocks) clippings from a few bushes tapped to the outside of the box for mud and woods. Our bear cave was also a box (with a cave like opening )covered with brown paper and tree branches, there were a few branches in side some dead leaves, a big rock, to keep the box down and big stuffed bear inside. Since it was dark inside I attached a flashlight to the outside so the children could look inside. Who doesn’t love a flashlight? They were reluctant at first, it was a crisp day and taking off shoes at school was not their norm. Once they tried it they went through as many times as they wanted. It is something they will never forget!

    • That is the most amazing idea!!! I bet those kids will remember that experience for the rest of their lives! I’m going to share your idea with my child’s preschool teachers- how fun! Thank you so much for taking the time to share- I’m sure others will find this inspiring too!


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