Father Christmas Comes Up Trumps!

Age Range: 5 - 11

Father Christmas is back, and this time he's had three helping of sprouts! As he tries to deliver the presents, his tummy rumbles, gurgles and groans, but Father Christmas knows he must keep it in - he doesn't want to wake anyone up!

Will he come up TRUMPS?

Book Author: Nicholas Allan

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Find all of the rhyming words in the story. Can you think of other words that rhyme with these?
  • Retell the story from Father Christmas' point of view... or from the elf's.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story? Think of other words that are used to describe different sounds.
  • Find different types of punctuation in the story. Where and why has the author used each type?
  • Can you find any prepositions in the book? Can you use these in your own sentences / story?
  • Read Father Christmas Needs a Wee. Which book do you prefer? Why?


  • Make a timeline showing the main events of the story and the order in which they occurred.
  • How many brussel sprouts did Father Christmas eat altogether? How many can you find in the illustrations?
  • Find out the weight of one brussel sprout. How much do the sprouts that Father Christmas ate weigh altogether?


  • Plan a healthy and tasty Christmas meal that might not upset Santa's tummy quite so much!
  • Can you think of ways of blocking loud noises so the children don't wake up when Father Christmas visits their house?

Design Technology

  • Design a machine that can help Father Christmas deliver the presents.


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