Tuesday, April 23, 2024


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A classic picture book from award-winning author-illustrator Shirley Hughes tells the endearing story of how Dogger, the much-loved toy dog, was lost and finally found again.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Dogger is ‘soft’ and ‘brown’. Can you think of other adjectives to describe him?
  • ‘Dave was very fond of Dogger.’ What does this mean? Can you think of other words that mean the same as ‘fond’?
  • Could you write a story where somebody loses their favourite toy? How do they feel? How are they reunited?
  • Try some drama and imagine that you are Dogger. How do you feel at different points in the story?
  • Look at the illustrations and write some speech / thought bubbles for the characters at different points.
  • Set up a treasure hunt where you hide an item and have to give instructions / clues to somebody else to help them find it.
  • Imagine that you had just found Dogger on the Toy Stall. How would you explain to the lady running the stall that Dogger was your toy?
  • Write about what happened to Dogger from the time he was lost to the time he was found on the Toy Stall.
  • Create a ‘Lost’ poster to show people that your favourite toy is missing (see Resources below).
  • Retell the story using storyboards to show each of the main events.


  • The children buy some ice creams from an ice cream van. Imagine that they cost 50p each. How much does mum have to spend altogether? Think of a new price for the ice cream. How does this change the total cost?
  • One of the stalls at the summer fair lets you guess the weight of the cake. Can you guess the weight of different items correctly?
  • Make up some word problems using the prices of the items on the Toy Stall.

Design Technology

  • Design a game / side show that can be played at the summer fair.


  • Draw a new costume for a child entering the Fancy Dress Parade.


  • Look at the illustration of Bella in bed with her toys. Sing the song ‘Ten in a Bed’.


  • Draw a map to show the different events and activities taking place during the summer fair.

Physical education

  • Think of different games and races that could be played at the summer fair. Could you play some of these in your PE lessons?


  • Think about your favourite toys. Dave does lots of fun things with Dogger. What things do you like to do with your toys?
  • Bella was very kind and swapped her new bear so that Dave could have Dogger back. What nice things could Dave do for his sister to say ‘Thank You’ to her?


Lost Poster

Lost Poster

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