Dinosaurs and all that rubbish

Age Range: 5 - 11

Dinosaurs have taken over the Earth! They're stomping and stamping all over the place.

Young readers will love finding out why in this classic environmental tale from best-selling author / illustrator Michael Foreman.

Book Author: Michael Foreman

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Rewrite the story in the form of a playscript. Could you perform it to an audience?
  • Imagine that you went in a journey in a rocket. Where would you go? Could you write a story about it?
  • Can you rewrite the story from the man's point of view?
  • Imagine a world that is full of rubbish and pollution. Can you think of words / phrases to describe it?


  • Count the number of insects / dinosaurs that you can see in the illustrations throughout the book.


  • Lots of plants and trees grow throughout the story. Find out what plants need to grow healthily.
  • Can you write some instructions to teach someone how to care for a plant?
  • Research the topic of dinosaurs. What different types if dinosaurs were there? How were they similar / different?


  • Could you retell the story in the form of a stop-motion animation? Watch this for inspiration:

Design Technology

  • Design a model rocket to help the man reach the star.


  • Look at the use of colour in the illustrations. Which pages are dark and gloomy? Which pages are bright and colourful? Could you try to recreate some of the pictures?
  • Could you draw the same scene using dark colours and then using bright colours?
  • Use the line drawings to colour dinosaur pictures (see Resources below).


  • Find out about different types of pollution and how they affect the environment.
  • Make a list of things that people can do to help the environment.
  • Make a poster to persuade people to reduce waste, reuse items and recycle materials.
  • Find out what happens to waste that isn't recycled.
  • The dinosaur explains that the earth belongs to everyone. Could you use this message on a poster / banner?


  • Make a timeline showing when dinosaurs and humans have been alive.


  • At the start of the story, the man dreams about the star. What are your hopes and dreams?
  • The dinosaur says that the man should have been rules by his heart and not his head. What does this mean?


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