This week we’ve been reading We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. It is wonderful story for children 0-99 years old, taking you on an adventure with exquisite illustrations and playful language. I have been wanting to do a mixed media project with Burt for a while and this seemed like the perfect opportunity. The key with this project is time. We completed the project over several sessions, building up as we went along.
For this Bear Hunt Mixed Media Project you will need:
- Poster Paint (blue, green, red, white)
- Bubble Wrap
- Pine Cones
- Baking Foil
- Tissue Paper (green and red)
- Black Card
- Brown paper or card
We started with water. We started by rustling the bubble wrap. We found that when you scrunch the bubble wrap up it makes a sound like a bubbling waterfall. I cut a small section of the bubble wrap and Burt painted the bubbles with blue paint. Then I helped turn the bubble wrap over and we printed the splashy, sploshy water on the paper. Burt was a fan of repeating, “Splashy, splashy,” as he painted the bubbles.
When the whole of the paper was covered in beautiful blue prints we mixed up our mud. We mixed red and blue to make a sludgy, purply mud. We made a fair amount so that it looked like thick, oozy mud in the paint pot.
Once the mud was mixed Burt took a scouring pad from a selection of sponges and he began printing. Each time he put the sponge down on the paper he loved repeating, “Squelch, squerch. Squelch, squerch.”
Next, I poured out some green paint and gave Burt a selection of pine cones. This was going to be our forest. We started out painting the pine cones and then rolling them over the paper, “Stumble, trip.” However, Burt preferred dunking the pinecones in paint and then rolling them and this was just as effective.
When the forest was finished we let the paint dry before starting the next part of the project. Before starting again I used tin foil to make some small discs of ‘snow’. I only made them about 3cm wide so you can make quite a few with a small amount of foil. Be aware that foil can be sharp, which is why I folded over the edges of my snowflakes.
When we were ready to start on our snow Burt painted swirling, whirling swirls of white paint with a paintbrush and then he stuck the foil snowflakes on top by dunking them in PVA glue and sticking them on. Finally, he added a generous amount of glitter! You can’t have a snow storm without glitter, can you?
We let the paint, foil and glitter dry. Then we tore strips of green tissue paper to make our long, wavy grass. If you tear tissue paper the right way it tears in long strips. It is also a great activity for little fingers as there is a lot to think about and it makes a great sound. When we had enough I squirted PVA glue along the bottom of the page and Burt stuck the grass down. We did two layers to give the grass some depth and I only aded glue to the bottom of the page so that the grass is free to wave in the breeze. We also scruched some mall balls of red tissue and Burt stuck them on to represent the poppies.
Finally I cut a cave shape out of back card and gave Burt some torn pieces of brown packaging from the recycling box and he dipped them in glue and stuck them around the edge of the opening to the cave.
The finished art work is really something special. As we made it over the course of three sessions we were able to discuss and explore the book in detail. I think the final art work feels like it really tells a story.
You can read more about the story that inspired us We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury, or discover some more crafts and activities linked to the book.
Have you been inspired by a book to craft, go on an outing or do an activity this week?