Going on a Bear Hunt

Mandi sent in this question:

I remember an echo skit called “Going on a Bear Hunt” The first few lines were: Going on a bear hunt I’m not scared, Got my _________ I’m prepared. Then there were many obstacles followed by can’t go over it, cant go around it, must go through it. At the end of the story, we see a bear and have to repeat backwards all the actions of the adventure. I find songs on youtube that are not what I recall. Can you help me with the correct words? Thanks.

They did this skit at Camp May where my two older sons were on staff last summer. Like many skits, it has multiple versions. It is actually based on the book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.  This skit works best when done with really exaggerated actions to accompany each verse. If you want to see Micheal Rosen doing a version of this, check out this You Tube video.

Going on a Bear Hunt

We’re going on a bear hunt. (Repeat) We’re going on a bear hunt.
Gonna catch a big one. (Repeat) Gonna catch a big one.
I’m not afraid (Repeat) I’m not afraid.
It’s a beautiful day. (Repeat) It’s a beautiful day.

Verse 1:
Oh look, grass! Swishy-wishy grass.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

Swish swish, swish swish,
Swish swish, swish swish

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 2:
Oh look, a river! A cold dark river.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

Splish splash, splish splash.
Splish splash, splish splash.

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 3:
Oh look, mud! Icky-gicky mud.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

Ploo ploo, ploo ploo
ploo ploo, ploo ploo.

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 4:
Oh look, a forest! A tall, tall forest.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

Stumble trip, stumble trip.
Stumble trip, stumble trip.

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 5:
Oh look, a snow storm! A cold cold snow storm.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

Burrrrr, burrrrrrrr,
Burrrrr, burrrrrrrr.

(Repeat chorus)

Verse 6:
Oh look, a cave! A tiny little cave.
We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it.
Ohhh NO!
We gotta go through it.

Tip toe, tip toe
Tip toe, tip toe

Oh, what’s that?
Two big fuzzy ears
Two big googly eyes
One big mouth…

Quick, back through the cave
Tip toe, tip toe, tip toe, tip toe

Back through the snow storm
Burrr, burrr, burrr, burrr

Back through the forest
Stumble trip, stumble trip, stumble trip, stumble trip

Back through the icky mud
Plooo, plooo, plooo, plooo

Back through the river
Splish splash, splish splash, splish splash, splish splash

Back through the swishy grass.
Swish swish, swish swish, swish swish, swish swish

Run to the front door… (tap tap tap tap tap tap tap tap)
Open up the front door, argh!
Run inside!
We forgot to shut the door.

Back to the door!
Shut the door, plllunk!
Lock it, clink
Back inside.

Run up the stairs,
Another flight of stairs, another flight of stairs
(Breathe heavy)
Another flight of stars

Jump in the bed
Pull up the covers.

I’m not going on a bear hunt again!


6 Responses to Going on a Bear Hunt

  1. Pam Fields October 13, 2016 at 11:10 AM #

    I remember my older cousin teaching me this in the 1960’s. I keep seeing things that say the book turned 25 in 2014 but I know the actual words and story have been around much longer! I would have probably learned it between 1965 and 1968. Any clues on when it really originated? My cousin recently passed away and learning this from him is a favorite memory!

  2. Ms. S December 21, 2016 at 10:30 AM #

    This song is not based on the book. The book is based on the song.

    I sang this song in Kindergarten back in 1985. I am certain it is older than that, probably by a decade or more.

  3. Jayne Gosney December 24, 2016 at 2:23 PM #

    Yes I remember this rhyme. We used to enact it sitting cross legged on the mat at my Infant school with my teacher Mrs Hale (the best teacher ever!!!!) leading us all through the story. It would be 1969-1971(Windermere Infant School, Chesterfield) so where did it come from originally I wonder?

  4. Amal hassan March 8, 2017 at 9:27 PM #

    I actually I hear this story in center I used to work with them before Montessori school so I like it, but I did not practice it with children and I do not know all the story. Right know I can practice it with children, the children love action story.

  5. Kate October 31, 2018 at 8:19 AM #

    Yes. I remember doing this back when I was in preschool even in 83-85. This is pretty much how I remember it, except at the beginning we acted out putting on our coats and hats and turning on our flashlights I think. The chorus chant for us was Goin’ on a bear hunt, Goin’ on a bear hunt, gonna catch a big one, gonna catch a big one! We’re not afraid! It’s a beautiful day!

    I’m doing this with kindergarteners today, and I’m going to use your lines, but make it: “Goin’ on a bear hunt, goin’ on a bear hunt, gonna catch a big one, gonna catch a big one. I’m not scared, I’ve got my flashlight, I’m prepared!”

    Before we sing the first chorus we will act out going down stairs, putting on our coats, hats, gloves, walking outside, shutting the door, and turning on our flashlights.

  6. Kirsten March 23, 2019 at 7:36 PM #

    Ok…I did one in headstart and literally cant find it anywhere!! In the first part, we acted as if getting backpacks ready. It was something along the lines of,’Everyone have your __________? (I think it was crackers). Check. Everyone have your _________? (Milk maybe??) Check. Everyone have your flashlight? Check. Ok, let’s go! Open the door. Shut the door. We’re going on a bearhunt….(and so on.) Hey, look over there! It’s a jello swamp! We cant go over it! We cant go around it! We’ve got to go through it! (Sounds for it…then there was the peanut butter river…we ate the crackers and drank the milk for that one…and then the cave where we used the flashlight which got the bear chasing after us and we did everything backwards until back home)’ I loved this one and I wish I could remember both the words and notions for it!!!

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