Monday, April 15, 2024
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Harry And The Bucketful Of Dinosaurs

by Mark Warner
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Harry finds some dusty plastic dinosaurs in Nan’s attic. He cleans them, finds out their names and takes them everywhere – until, one day, the dinosaurs get lost! The lost property man gets a surprise when Harry proves the dinosaurs are his by calling them over to him.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a story about a boy / girl who discovers ‘bucketful of…’ in an attic. What might they discover? What adventures will they have?
  • Imagine that you find an old box in your attic. What might be hidden inside?
  • Rewrite the story from the point of view of one of the dinosaurs.
  • Can you think of any special tricks to help you to learn the spellings of different dinosaur names?
  • Read some of the other books that feature Harry and his dinosaurs. Could you make up a new adventure for them?


  • Find out about the dinosaurs mentioned in the book and the similarities / differences between them.


  • Use publishing software to make a ‘missing’ poster that asks people to get in touch with Harry if they find his missing dinosaurs.
  • Can you make an animation that shows how different dinosaurs moved?

Design Technology

  • Design a special container for Harry to keep the dinosaurs in, so that he doesn’t have to use a bucket any more.


  • Look at light and shading in the illustration of Harry and his nan discovering the old box. Could you create your own artwork that includes light and dark areas?
  • Can you draw / paint a new type of dinosaur?
  • Look at images of different dinosaurs and use these as the inspiration for your own art.
  • Use our Draw a Dinosaur resources to create your own dinosaur pictures.


  • Could you make up your own song about dinosaurs?

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