We love Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen. The children particularly love acting out the story. Last year I tried an new activity related to the story and I think it turned out really well.
I have the book and dvd set. We read the book and watched the dvd on the interactive whiteboard then recreated the story ourselves. I took photos of the children during various stages of their re-enactment.
Each day following this we focused on certain parts of the story. The first day was 'swishy grass'. I introduced the session with a powerpoint of several pictures featuring swishy grass. We looked at all the different colours and used lots of words to describe what we saw. Then the children created a collage of swishy grass.
The following day we looked at various pictures of rivers, again eliciting descriptive words. The follow up art activity involved creating wax resist river pictures.
The third day followed the same format. The art activity was to finger paint with dirt and water (and glue) and smear it over black paper to make mud.
The fourth was a powerpoint on forests and woods. We looked at how the trees in the foreground looked bigger than the trees in the background. This was quite a challenging concept for most of the children.
Finally we looked at snow and talked about snow flakes looking the same but all being different. The children folded and cut shapes from paper doilies to create snowflakes.
To create the display I placed the individual art pieces together to form panels (and represent each child) and added the cut out photos. Text was added using some of the descriptive words that the children came up with.
This year I am thinking of encouraging the children to create their own individual collage panel (from their various pieces of work as well as take responsibility for taking the photos and which photos they choose to put on their art. I think they might come up with some really interesting ideas :)
ETA Some great ideas to go with the story from Sun Hats and Wellie Boots blog.