Biscuit Bear

Age Range: 5 - 11

When Horace bakes a biscuit in the shape of a bear, little does he know that his edible treat is going to turn into Biscuit Bear! For in the middle of the night, when all is quiet, that is exactly what happens, and Biscuit Bear decides that it is time he made some friends of his own. So, with flour, sugar and butter he does just that. In fact, he makes a whole circus of friends and the fun begins...


Book Author: Mini Grey

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Make a list of words that could be used to describe Horace's lump of pastry when he was first given it and after it has been rolled over the floor and furniture.
  • Write a recipe for a delicious biscuit.
  • Retell the story from Horace's point of view.
  • Retell the story from Biscuit Bear's point of view.
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles to add to the illustrations.
  • Make a persuasive poster to advertise the most delicious biscuits in the world.
  • Write a story about a biscuit that has a life of its own.
  • At the start of the story, Horace is desperate to eat the biscuit bear. Write a persuasive letter to his mum asking her to allow him to eat the biscuit.
  • Retell the story in the form of a playscript. Make some puppets and use these to perform the story to an audience.
  • Some of the illustrations show the reader how to brush their teeth. Can you create a set of instructions to teach others how to brush their teeth correctly?
  • Write a new story about the adventures of a group of biscuit bears.
  • Make a poster to advertise Biscuit Bear's amazing circus.

Maths

  • Find out the prices of different types of biscuits. Use these for your own statistics / data handling activities or to create some word problems.
  • Make a timeline showing the main events of the story and the approximate times that they might have taken place.

Science

  • Investigate reversible and irreversible changes. Is the process of cooking biscuits reversible or irreversible? Why?
  • What ingredients are used to make biscuits? Where does each ingredient come from?
  • At one point in the story a shadow looms in the doorway. How are shadows formed? 

Computing

  • Make a stop-motion animation based on the character of Biscuit Bear.
  • Create a video advert to encourage people to buy their baked goods at 'The Golden Bun'.
  • Design a website for 'The Golden Bun' pastry shop.

Design Technology

  • Can you make your own biscuits?
  • Design some biscuit cutters that could be used to create some unusual biscuit shapes.
  • Design a shelter to protect Biscuit Bear (and his friends) from Bongo the dog.
  • Create a display like the one in the window of the pastry shop. Could you create different displays to represent the seasons?

Art

  • Use a template to decorate biscuit bear in different ways.

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