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Activity 1:

Watch the video and listen to the story of Caterpillar Dreams that we have been looking at in class. 

  • Were your predictions correct?
  • What was Henri's dream?
  • How did he accomplish his dream?
  • Who helped Henri with his dream?
  • What did Henri find out when he went on his adventure?​​​​​​​ 

Activity 2:

Pick one of your favourite books you have at home. Can you write a book review about it?

  • What is it about?
  • Did you like it? why/ why not?
  • What score would you give it out of 10?
  • Who was your favourite character? Why?

Activity 3:


Click the link above and pick from many different e-books. Read as many as you like!

Activity 4:

Visit for more free books to listen to. 

  • Think about the readers expression.
  • Why does the reader use different voices?
  • What do the different voices tell you?
  • Who are the main characters?
  • What is the problem in the story?

Activity 5:

Listen to Stick Man and read along with Axel Scheffler. Use the activity below to create your own Stick Man to act out the story for your family.

Axel Scheffler Reads Stick Man

Axel Scheffler reads aloud from Stick Man, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. For more Common Core-ready resources and information...

Activity 6:

Activity 7:

Write a diary entry as one of the characters in a book you are reading.

  • what have they been doing?
  • where have they been?
  • what do they like to do?
  • who have they been with?
  • what did they see?

Activity 8:

Draw a new front cover for one of your favourite books. Make sure it gives clues as to what the story is about.

Think about:

  • setting
  • characters
  • plot

Activity 9:

Google children's book front covers. Pick 3 that you haven't read before. By only looking at the front covers make a prediction as to what you think the story might be about. Who might the characters be? what might happen? where might they go? what might the problem be? how might they solve it?

Don't forget to google the story after and see if you're right.

Activity 10:

Design an outfit you think one of the characters in your story would like to wear. Don't forget to explain why you think they would like it. Think about what you know about the characters from the story:

  • what do they like to do?
  • what do they like?
  • do you know their favourite colour?
  • what do you know about them?

Activity 11:

Create an estate agent poster for a setting or building in the story you are reading.

Think about:

  • what it looks like
  • where it is
  • how much it is
  • what it is like inside
  • anything special about it
  • who was the previous owner?

Activity 12:

Identify 5 unfamiliar words in a story you are reading and find out their meaning but googling, using a dictionary or asking and adult. 

Have a think about what they could mean. Can you think of another sentence to use these words in? Have a go at writing a sentence using each of the new words.

Activity 13:

Paint a picture of the setting in the book you are reading.

Think about:

  • where the characters are
  • who is there
  • if it is day or night
  • what is around them

use the text and look for clues to help you imagine the setting.

Activity 14:

Write down 5 questions to ask someone about the story you are reading. Don't forget your question marks. Make sure you write down the answers on another piece of paper (don't let them see). Check their answers!

Activity 15:

Write down a list of all the fairy tales and traditional tales you have in your house or that you have read. Take a vote with your family and decide which is your favourite (give a reason). Go round everybody's answers. Do you all agree? Did you pick the same as someone else? Did you both have the same reason? Read this book again with your family.

Activity 16:

Listen to the story 'The Monster Under Your Bed'. Listen to how he describes where the monster is hiding and what it around him. Can you draw the monster in the setting he describes?

The Monster Under Your Bed by Clare Bevan

Watch Nick recite The Monster Under Your Bed by Clare Bevan! Comment below; we'd love to know where you're watching from! You can find the PDF copy of this p...

Activity 17

Read along with 'A Hole in The Bottom of The Sea'.


Imagine there is a hole at the bottom of your garden. Can you come up with your own story about what is in that hole? Use the style of the book to help you create your own story.

Activity 18

Listen to Julia Donaldson read 'The Odd Pet' and then create your own odd pet. Listen to the description of the odd pet to help you come up with your own. 

Story time: The Odd Pet by Julia Donaldson | Oxford Owl

It's story time! Author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson, reads 'The Odd Pet', a Stage 2 story from the Read with Oxford range of levelled early reading book...