We’re Going On A Lion Hunt

I love this book! When I think about great adventure stories for little ones, I think of We’re Going On A Lion Hunt by David Axtell. Although the story is simple, it is filled with adventure and suspense that your young learner will love. The full-page illustrations are done in a water-color style that will capture the attention of your little one right away. This book uses repetition as a mechanism to introduce prepositions and descriptive words but is also a great way to work on sequencing. 

Sequencing is the skill of identifying the logical order of things, from different sized objects to events in a story. Why is sequencing important? Sequencing is a foundational skill that we use all of the time as adults and that older children use all of the time in school. Think about writing a book report as a 5th grader; you need to be able to identify and explain the plot sequence of a story. Think about the grouping of sizes and shapes in elementary math exercises or the scientific method in science classes. We can start helping our young learners develop the ability to identify sequences and categorize objects right now.

After reading We’re Going On A Lion Hunt, try this simple sequencing activity. If you don’t have the book, you can watch a Storytime Read Aloud of the book here. You can watch a video version of the instructions for the activity here, or continue reading below: 

1) Create Your Story Map:

For this simple sequencing activity, your young learner will map the sequence of events in the lion hunt. If you have no idea what a Story Map is, check out this link for some examples. You can also draw a simple one on a blank sheet of paper or download the one I used for free by subscribing! The important thing is that your Story Map has four different spaces and arrows connecting each space. 

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2) Find Your Images:

Long Grass
Dark Cave

In the story, the girls travel through four different locations before finding the lion. You can do a simple google search for cartoon versions of each of these locations and find images like those above; or, if you are artistically gifted, you can draw them yourself. Depending on the skill level of your young learner, you could add a step to this activity by having your little one actually draw and label each of the locations. 

3) Cut Out Your Images:

Once you have the four images, cut them out! Again, depending on your little ones’ skill level, you could do steps 1-3 prior to reading so that the activity is ready to go right when you finish the story. If your little one is ready to work on fine motor skill development (coloring, cutting with scissors etc.) you can make these steps part of the activity. 

4) Determine The Sequence:

This is the part we’ve been waiting for! Discuss with your young learner the order of events in the story. Use questioning to help him/her determine the sequence of events and glue the corresponding image into the appropriate space on the Story Map. You can use questions like, “What did the girls have to go through first?” Or start from the end, “Where did the girls find the lion?” 

5) Add The Numbers:

I like to add some number recognition to early sequencing activities like this one. You can have your little one label each image with the numbers 1-4 based on the order. This adds another element of sequencing by helping your young learner begin to associate numbers with sequential order. 

Sometimes we just need to get up a move around! A great extension for this story is to recreate your own lion hunt! You can work on prepositions and sequencing by setting up a lion hunt in your house, using everyday objects and furniture. For example:

  1. First, Crawl UNDER the Table
  2. Second, Hop OVER the Welcome Mat
  3. Third, Skip THROUGH the Kitchen

Your young learner will have a blast! And for a real treat, you could have him/her create their own lion hunt for YOU to go on. They will definitely find this to be hilariously entertaining.

If you do any of these activities, please share your experience in the comments below by posting any thoughts or images. Also, help spread the word about the importance of early literacy by posting your little one’s creations to your social media with #imetadreamambassador.

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