At each different house that he visits, Father Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long, he really, really, really needs a wee. So much so that he even forgets to leave the presents behind. But he dashes back, delivers all the pressies and flies home at high speed to avoid an embarrassing accident… there’s just one tiny problem… he’s lost his house key!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Make a list of different words that show how Father Christmas might be feeling at different points in the story.
- Look through the book and try to find the rhyming words. Can you think of other words that rhyme with these?
- How many different types of punctuation can you find in the story? Why has the author used these?
- Imagine who might live at each of the numbered houses. Can you write the Christmas wish list that they might have written to Father Christmas?
- Could you rewrite the story, choosing different items of food? Can you still make it rhyme?
- Write a ‘Thank You’ letter to Father Christmas from a family living in one of the houses in the story.
- Make a poster to advertise the ‘Playtime Puppy’ toy that Father Christmas leaves at House Number One.
- Could you act out the story?
- Can you carry out a role-play activity, interviewing Father Christmas about how he felt at different points in the story?
- The ‘blurb’ on the back cover uses the word ‘really’ a number of times. Can you think of any synonyms for this word?
- How many drinks did Father Christmas have altogether? How many presents did Father Christmas deliver in total? (see Resources below)
- Can you find any clocks in the illustrations? What time do they show?
- Can you make a list of the items that Father Christmas ate at each house and the presents that he left? How much might each of these things cost?
- Plan a healthy meal / picnic for Father Christmas as he delivers presents throughout the night.
- Door Number One has a holly wreath on the front door. Could you make one of these using art / craft materials?
- Design a new outfit for Father Christmas to keep him warm throughout the cold winter night. What materials should it be made from?
- Design a special keyring for Father Christmas so that he doesn’t lose his key again.
- Draw a picture of the inside of Father Christmas’ house.
- Paint a new picture to go on the wall of Father Christmas’ house.
- The children at Number Four left arrows to show Santa the way around their house. Could you draw a map of their house instead?
- Can you find out the names that people call Father Christmas in different places around the world?
- Father Christmas has lots of different facial expressions in the story. How do you think he is feeling at each point?