Friday, May 24, 2024
Lost Property

Lost Property

by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11

In a Lost Property Office, a kind old man is working behind the desk. Every day an old lady comes into this office looking for something she has lost…

Watch this video with your children, and then try some of our teaching and activity ideas below.

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Create your own story with the title ‘Lost Property’.
  • Write some narration to accompany the story.
  • Imagine a new room in the Lost Property Office that the couple explore together and describe what happens there.
  • Retell the story from the man’s or the lady’s point of view.
  • Choose one of the rooms that the couple enters and describe the setting.
  • Pause the video at different points and describe how the man and lady are feeling. How do their emotions change throughout the story?
  • Choose one of the keys shown at 2:09 and imagine what is behind the door that it opens.
  • Why does the lady return every day with a picture of something that she has lost?
  • At one point, the lady looks for a letter. Read some of the examples hanging on the lines and then write a letter from the lady to the man (or vice versa)?
  • If you could ask the characters some questions, what would you like to know? How might they respond?
  • Read the synopsis on the official site. Could you write your own synopsis for this story?


  • The lady arrives at 4 o’clock every day. Carry out a survey to find out what your friends are doing at that time each day.


  • At 3:01, the couple enters a room in which there is a carnivorous plant. Can you find out about other carnivorous plants?


  • Look at the official site for this animation. Could you design your own website to promote the film?


  • Look at the original storyboards and concept art on the official site. Use these as inspiration for your own storyboards / illustrations based on the story.


  • Listen to the soundtrack. What instruments can you hear?
  • Could you create a new soundtrack for the animation?


  • Create a timeline that shows the main events in this couple’s life.

Physical education

  • At one point, the man dances with an umbrella. Can you choreograph your own umbrella dance?


  • The lady always arrives at 4 o’clock. How does the man feel when she hasn’t arrived by 4:30 one day?
  • The lady brings photos of objects that have been important in her life. Can you make a list of objects that have been important to you (and explain why they are / were special)?

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