How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth

Age Range: 4 - 6
By: Sam Collins

Does your woolly mammoth need a wash? It's not a very easy thing to do... Find out exactly how to wash your mammoth in this hilarious instruction manual - just remember don't get any soap in its eyes or it might escape up a tree!

Book Author: Michelle Robinson

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a set of instructions for how to wash another animal using imperative verbs and numbered steps.
  • Make a list of synonyms for “big”.
  • Make a story map of the book.
  • Collect alliterative phrases like “terribly tickly”. 
  • Generate some other questions like the opening question “Does your (adjective, noun) need a (noun)?”
  • Write some phrases with two adjectives using  “big, fat tummy” as a model. 
  • Write some other ideas for getting the mammoth into the bath.
  • Record your own retelling of the story. Here is an example:


  • Count the bubbles on this picture from the book. How many are there? 
  • Play a game matching numbers to their words.


  • Investigate bubbles and soap in the water tray.
  • How do you keep clean? Why is it important? Make a poster to teach others how to stay clean and healthy.
  • Mammoths are extinct. What does extinct mean? Find out about other animals that have gone extinct.
  • Which materials would make a good umbrella or coat for step six? Investigate some materials to find out if they are waterproof or not.


  • Use graphics software to create your own illustrations of a woolly mammoth.
  • Make an animated retelling of the story or an animated challenge based on the book. Here is an example:

Design Technology

  • Design your own toiletry for a woolly mammoth.
  • Make a cross section drawing of a simple household object (like the bath in step one.)
  • Design a machine to get your woolly mammoth into the bath.
  • Bake a cake for your woolly mammoth
  • Design your own rubber duck.


  • Make a mammoth collage using fabric and other materials. 
  • Colour in this sheet from Michelle Robinson’s website. 
  • Make a gallery of pictures of mammoths with different hairstyles, inspired by step seven.
  • Use this video tutorial to draw and colour your own picture of a mammoth.


  • Research when and where woolly mammoths lived and make a fact file about them.

Physical education

  • Warm up with this audio game with actions for being a woolly mammoth.
  • Explore jumping and bouncing. Perhaps you could use some mini trampolines?


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