Sunday, July 21, 2024
How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

How To Wash A Woolly Mammoth

by Mark Warner
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Does your woolly mammoth need a wash? It’s not a very easy thing to do… Find out exactly how to wash your mammoth in this hilarious instruction manual – just remember don’t get any soap in its eyes or it might escape up a tree!

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a set of instructions for how to wash another animal using imperative verbs and numbered steps.
  • Make a list of synonyms for “big”.
  • Make a story map of the book.
  • Collect alliterative phrases like “terribly tickly”.
  • Generate some other questions like the opening question “Does your (adjective, noun) need a (noun)?”
  • Write some phrases with two adjectives using  “big, fat tummy” as a model.
  • Write some other ideas for getting the mammoth into the bath.
  • Record your own retelling of the story. Here is an example:



  • Investigate bubbles and soap in the water tray.
  • How do you keep clean? Why is it important? Make a poster to teach others how to stay clean and healthy.
  • Mammoths are extinct. What does extinct mean? Find out about other animals that have gone extinct.
  • Which materials would make a good umbrella or coat for step six? Investigate some materials to find out if they are waterproof or not.


  • Use graphics software to create your own illustrations of a woolly mammoth.
  • Make an animated retelling of the story or an animated challenge based on the book. Here is an example:

Design Technology

  • Design your own toiletry for a woolly mammoth.
  • Make a cross-section drawing of a simple household object (like the bath in step one.)
  • Design a machine to get your woolly mammoth into the bath.
  • Bake a cake for your woolly mammoth
  • Design your own rubber duck.


  • Make a mammoth collage using fabric and other materials.
  • Explore Michelle Robinson’s website and colour in the pages available there.
  • Make a gallery of pictures of mammoths with different hairstyles inspired by step seven.


  • Research when and where woolly mammoths lived and make a fact file about them.

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