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Harry and the Dinosaurs Make a Christmas Wish

Harry And The Dinosaurs Make A Christmas Wish

by Mark Warner
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When Harry and the dinosaurs visit Mr Oakley’s farm and see some tiny ducklings hatching, they long to take one home. They wish and wish, but their wish doesn’t come true. Summer passes and they pin all their hopes on a special Christmas wish.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a new story about an animal (or a dinosaur) that makes a special Christmas wish.
  • Write a set of instructions to teach people how to look after ducklings (or dinosaurs!).
  • Imagine that you lived with a bucketful of dinosaurs. What would be the positive (and negative) consequences?
  • Write the recipe for Nan’s Christmas pudding.
  • Write the letter that Harry sent to Santa to wish for a duckling.
  • Watch the animated version of the ‘Harry and his Bucket Full of Dinosaurs’ stories. Can you write a review of them?


  • Write a list of things that might appear on Harry’s Christmas wish list. How much might these things cost? What is the total cost?


  • Make a list of animals who come out of shells, like ducklings.
  • Can you research the different dinosaurs mentioned in the book. How are they similar / different?
  • Harry finds a book about dinosaurs in the bookshop. Could you create one of the pages for this?


  • Can you use Art software to create some pictures that the dinosaurs receive on Christmas Day?
  • Use publishing software to create Harry’s Christmas list.

Design Technology

  • Design a new place for the dinosaurs to live, so they don’t have to squash together in a bucket any more.



  • Make a timeline that shows when the dinosaurs were alive.


  • If you could have a special Christmas wish, what would it be?
  • How could you help to make a friend’s Christmas wish come true?

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