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Primary 3 Activity Bag

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What’s inside?

The Primary 3 activity bag is packed with exciting items which allow you and your child to spend time playing, learning and having fun together. Take a look inside and you’ll find:

  • There Is No Dragon In This Story by Lou Carter, illustrated by Deborah Allwright
  • Children’s Picture Atlas by Collins, illustrated by Steve Evans
  • A notebook and writing pencil
  • Ocean Commotion & Money cards
  • Story cubes
  • A Read, Write, Count Parent Guide

There Is No Dragon In This Story

Reading with your child is a great way for both of you to enjoy some time together - and it’s never too early or late to start. In the bag you’ll find two books that have been specially chosen for you to enjoy together. There are lots of tips in your parent guides, but here are a few to get you started:

Tip #1: Feeling left out

How would the dragon have felt when no one wanted him to be in their story? Talk to your child about how we can make sure that people don’t feel left out. Ask your child if there’s been a time they felt this way and share your experiences with them.

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Tip #2: How would you help the dragon?

When his big moment arrives, the dragon feels unsure and nervous, but he just needs some encouragement. Talk about how your child could help the dragon feel more confident – maybe by drawing a superhero outfit for the dragon or giving some advice.

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Tip #3: Add a dragon

Encourage your child to think of a story that they already know and enjoy. Talk to them about what would happen if a dragon was added into the story. See if your child can think of three things that could happen and put them together to make a comic strip in your notebook.

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Tip #4: Hidden hero powers

Can your child think of an animal or creature who they wouldn’t usually think of as a hero? What hidden powers could they have which could help save the day? Encourage them to draw a picture of them in their notebook and label it (e.g. an animal with a cape).

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Picture Atlas

Children love to get their pencils out and write or draw. Showing off what their imaginations can do can keep little ones busy. The good news is that it’s easy to combine writing with everyday activities, which helps the pair of you have fun together.

Tip #1: Near and far

Find the United Kingdom on the map together. Note down three countries which are close by and three which are far away.

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Tip #2: From Morocco to Ethiopia

Look at the map of Africa on page 24 with your child and encourage them to imagine they are travelling from Morocco to Ethiopia. Choose two different routes, how many countries would they have to travel through?

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Tip #3: What pictures would you take in different countries?

In the book, there are lots of interesting and funny facts about the different countries. Choose one, and ask your child to imagine you were both there. What photos might you take? Ask them to draw what would be in their photos and write a caption to explain what is going on.

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Tip #4: Presenting a travel programme

Encourage your child to pretend they are presenting a travel programme on TV and use your phone to film them presenting a short programme about a country they have visited. They could write a script in their notebook if they like.

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Story Cubes

Children love to get their pencils out and write or draw, showing off what their imaginations can do. And it’s easy to combine writing with everyday activities, keeping your child’s mind busy and having lots of fun together too.

Tip #1: Talk about the story cube pictures

By rolling the dice, a different set of images appears which can be used as the starting point for a story. Each die has a different theme to aid storytelling: settings, characters and objects. Look at the dice together and see if your child can identify the pictures.

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Tip #2: Story titles

Roll the story cubes and make up a title of a story using all three images. Tweet us your titles!

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Tip #3: Create a story

Ask your child to roll the story cubes and make up a story including one or more of the images. They could tell it to you, write it down, act it out or even film it!

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Tip #4: Story line game

One player starts the story by rolling one of the story cubes and making up a sentence based around the image. Each player takes it in turns to choose a story cube to roll and add a sentence to the story. The sillier the story ends up, the better!

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Ocean Commotion cards

There are lots of fun number games you can try in everyday activities with your child to spend some time together. The following ideas, tips and activities can add up to big smiles!

Tip #1: Make your own card

Research another animal and use the template in your notebook to make your own card.

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Tip #2: Lowest to Highest

Place the money cards in order from the smallest amount to the largest amount. Divide the cards into four piles – which pile has the most money? How many different ways can you use the cards to make £1? What is the highest number of cards you can use?

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Tip #3: Playing shop

Create a shop in your kitchen by labelling a few items with prices and role play that your child is coming to buy something using a selection of the cards as their money. Which item would they like to buy? How much change would they receive?

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Tip #4: What’s the price?

Choose something from your kitchen cupboards and tell your child how much it costs. Help them to find the matching money cards which add up to that amount. Are there different ways to get to that amount of money? If you wanted to buy two of these, how much would that cost?

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Gaelic translations

Visit the Gaelic4Parents website for audio versions of all the activity bag books.

This article was created as part of

Read Write Count

Last updated: 26 Nov, 2018


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