Lost Property

Age Range: 5 - 11

Genre(s): Mystery

In a Lost Property Office a kind old man is working behind the desk. Every day an old lady comes into this office looking for something she has lost...

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Create your own story with the title ‘Lost Property’.
  • Write some narration to accompany the story.
  • Imagine a new room in the Lost Property Office that the couple explore together and describe what happens there.
  • Retell the story from the man’s or the lady’s point of view.
  • Choose one of the rooms that the couple enter and describe the setting.
  • Pause the video at different points and describe how the man and lady are feeling. How do their emotions change throughout the story?
  • Choose one of the keys shown at 2:09 and imagine what is behind the door that it opens.
  • Why does the lady return every day with a picture of something that she has lost?
  • At one point, the lady looks for a letter. Read some of the examples hanging on the lines and then write a letter from the lady to the man (or vice versa)?
  • If you could ask the characters some questions, what would you like to know? How might they respond?
  • Read the synopsis on the official site. Could you write your own synopsis for this story?


  • The lady arrives at 4 o’clock every day. Carry out a survey to find out what your friends are doing at that time each day.


  • At 3:01, the couple enter a room in which there is a carnivorous plant. Can you find out about other carnivorous plants?


  • Look at the official site for this animation. Could you design your own website to promote the film?


  • Look at the original storyboards and concept art on the official site. Use these as inspiration for your own storyboards / illustrations based on the story.


  • Listen to the soundtrack. What instruments can you hear?
  • Could you create a new soundtrack for the animation?


  • Create a timeline that shows the main events in this couple’s life.

Physical education

  • At one point, the man dances with an umbrella. Can you choreograph your own umbrella dance?


  • The lady always arrives at 4 o’clock. How is the man feeling when she hasn’t arrived by 4:30 one day?
  • The lady brings photos of objects that have been important in her life. Can you make a list of objects that have been important to you (and explain why they are / were special)?


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Jane Coker

Very thought provoking.