An exciting adventure for our furry friends, as they venture deep into the unknown…
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Write a new story with the title ‘Toys in Space’, ‘Animals in Space’ or ‘Teachers in Space’.
- Create a new adventure for the toy characters in this story.
- Start a new story using the first line from this book: ‘That summer night for the first time…’
- Rewrite the story in the form of a play script and perform this to an audience.
- Retell the story from WonderDoll’s point of view.
- When WonderDoll’s story begins, a range of adjectives are used to describe the toys (e.g. resourceful, brave, clever…). Can you make a list of these and add your own adjectives? Use a thesaurus to find some more.
- When the spaceship arrives, the author repeats the word bigger. Why is this? Can you think of some synonyms for the word ‘bigger’?
- Add some speech / thought bubbles to the illustrations at different points in the story.
- Write a story about the alien who lost its toy.
- Create a ‘Lost’ poster to inform people about the missing toy.
- Write a newspaper report about an alien that has been stealing toys around the world.
- Write a story about one of the toys in the ‘Room of a Thousand Lost Toys’.
- Create an invitation to the Hoctopize’s party.
- Write some instructions to teach people how to play a party game.
- Find out the cost of various toys and use the prices to make up some word problems. Can you ask a friend to answer these?
- Plan a new party to cheer up the Hoctopize. Make a list of the items that you need and find out how much they might cost.
- At one point in the story, the toys look up at the stars in space. Can you find out about space / stars and use the information to write a report?
- The toys see a shadow when they first arrive on the spaceship. How are shadows formed? Investigate what happens to shadows as objects move closer to the light source.
- The lost toys are parachuted back down towards Earth. How do parachutes work? Can you describe the forces involved when something falls using a parachute?
- The story takes place over the course of one night and into the next morning. Can you explain why we have day and night?
- Create your own audio recording of this story, including the narration, the speech, music and sound effects.
- Create your own trailer for this book. Watch this example for inspiration:
- Can you create your own alien shadow puppets?
- On one of the pages, the same illustration is repeated at different times of day (showing the toys laying on the grass). Can you create a similar picture showing the same place in the day and night times?
- Create your own illustrations / paintings that show the stars at night. Could you create your own pictures of different constellations?
- Look at the patterns on the Hoctopize’s body. Can you create your own patterns on the ‘Hand Outlines’ template below?
- Compose a theme tune for a movie version of this story.
- The toys explain to the alien that the toys should be returned to their real homes. Why is stealing wrong?