The World Children know about similarities and differences in relation to places, objects, materials and living things. They talk about the features of their own immediate environment and how environments might vary from one to another. They make observations of animals and plants and explain why some things occur, and talk about changes.
Making Relationships Children play cooperatively, taking turns with others. They take account of one another’s ideas about how to organise their activity. They show sensitivity to others’ needs and feelings, and form positive relationships with adults and other children.
Listening and Attention Children listen attentively in a range of situations. They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions. They give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in another activity.
Use what you have to create each section of the book; here is a list of what I used for each,
Grass - Artifical grass offcut
Water - Pale blue paper, taped in waves
Mud - Leather pieces
Forest - Large bamboo pieces topped with pine cones
Snow - Cotton wool
Once you have collected all your resources you can start to put the area together with the help of the children, allow the children space and time to sequence and order the story - great for mathematical development.
Talk about the different scenes in the book and why you have used the resources chosen, think about why cotton wool is similar to snow and why it is different.
Once complete, allow the children to use the area to recreate the story 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt'.
We created more items for our forest by glues natural materials to the large bamboo pieces.