Toys in Space

Age Range: 5 - 11

An exciting adventure for our furry friends, as they venture deep into the unknown...

Book Author: Mini Grey

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Write a new story with the title 'Toys in Space', 'Animals in Space' or 'Teachers in Space'.
  • Create a new adventure for the toy characters in this story.
  • Start a new story using the first line from this book: 'That summer night for the first time...'
  • Rewrite the story in the form of a play script and perform this to an audience.
  • Retell the story from WonderDoll's point of view.
  • When WonderDoll's story begins, a range of adjectives are used to describe the toys (e.g. resourceful, brave, clever...). Can you make a list of these and add your own adjectives. Use a thesaurus to find some more.
  • When the spaceship arrives, the author repeats the word bigger. Why is this? Can you think of some synonyms for the word 'bigger'?
  • Add some speech / thought bubbles to the illustrations at different points in the story.
  • Write a story about the alien who lost its toy.
  • Create a 'Lost' poster to inform people about the missing toy.
  • Write a newspaper report about an alien that has been stealing toys around the world.
  • Write a story about one of the toys in the 'Room of a Thousand Lost Toys'.
  • Create an invitation to the Hoctopize's party.
  • Write some instructions to teach people how to play a party game.


  • Find out the cost of various toys and use the prices to make up some word problems. Can you ask a friend to answer these?
  • Plan a new party to cheer up the Hoctopize. Make a list of the items that you need and find out how much they might cost.


  • At one point in the story, the toys look up at the stars in space. Can you find out about space / stars and use the information to write a report?
  • The toys see a shadow when they first arrive on the spaceship. How are shadows formed? Investigate what happens to shadows as objects move closer to the light source.
  • The lost toys are parachuted back down towards Earth. How to parachutes work? Can you describe the forces involved when something falls using a parachute?
  • The story takes place over the course of one night and into the next morning. Can you explain why we have day and night?


  • Create your own audio recording of this story, including the narration, the speech, music and sound effects.
  • Create your own trailer for this book. Watch this example for inspiration:

Design Technology

  • Can you create your own alien shadow puppets?


  • On one of the pages, the same illustration is repeated at different times of day (showing the toys laying on the grass). Can you create a similar picture showing the same place in the day and night times?
  • Create your own illustrations / paintings that show the stars at night. Could you create your own pictures of different constellations?
  • Look at the patterns on the Hoctopize's body. Can you create your own patterns on the 'Hand Outlines' template below?


  • Compose a theme tune for a movie version of this story.


  • The toys explain to the alien that the toys should be returned to their real homes. Why is stealing wrong?



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