The Great Snortle Hunt

Age Range: 5 - 11

On a hill bumpy-steepy, there's a house scary-creepy, And it's said that a Snortle lives there, Now nobody's been, so nobody's seen, But Mouse whispers, "Come, if you dare!"

Have you seen a Snortle? Would you want to?

Book Author: Claire Freedman

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Before reading the story, discuss what a Snortle is. What words might be used to describe it? Why would the characters be hunting a snortle?
  • Make a list of all of the rhyming words in the story.
  • Use the speech in the story to create a playscript.
  • How many different synonyms for 'said' can you find in the story?
  • Retell the story from the snortle's point of view.
  • Imagine that Dog, Cat, Mouse and Rabbit went home to their families after meeting the snortle. What would the animals tell their parents about the adventure?
  • Make a chart that shows some of the nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs used in the story(see Resources below).
  • Write about a new adventure that the animals might have with the snortle.


  • Look at the page that shows the different things that Dog, Cat and Mouse might take with them. Can you find out the prices of some of them and make up some word problems using this information? Can you estimate how long each item is? 


  • Write a report about a snortle. Where is its habitat? What does it eat? Does it have any special adaptations?


  • Use publishing software to create a page in Mouse’s Snortle Spotters Guide book.
  • Make an animation about a snortle hunt.

Design Technology

  • Make a model of a snortle.


  • Create your own illustrations that show what a snortle (or another imaginary creature) might look like.


  • Write the lyrics to a song that the animals can sing while they are out snortle-hunting.


  • Draw a map that shows the route to the ‘house scary-creepy’ on the ‘hill bumpy-steepy’.


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