Things to do at Home
These videos were created for the Summer Reading Challenge and contain lots of fun activities that can be done at home at any time of the year, from cooking, to puppet making, to creative writing and performance. These videos are aimed at children aged 3-11. We hope these videos inspire your children to get creative at home. If your kids have any requests for us to create a video and activity for their favourite book, please do get in touch.
I'm Not A Mouse!:
This week we have been reading, "I'm Not A Mouse!" by Evgenia Golubeva.
In this book, every time Olivia's mum calls her by her pet-name, "Mouse", Olivia turns into a mouse! This gets her into some sticky situations, and she can't stand it! Can she convince her mum to stop calling her Mouse?
This book got us wondering what it would be like if every time we were called by our nicknames, "Cat" and "Hutch", we turned into an actual Cat and an actual Hutch! And this is what happened...
If you have a pet-name and have an idea of what type of character you'd turn into, you can download and print off THIS TEMPLATE with a space to draw and describe your character. We'd love to see what you come up with!
Aimed at age 3+
Aimed at age 7+
Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties:
Painting with Chocolate!
This video was inspired by the brilliantly hilarious book, "Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties!", by Humza Arshad and Henry White and illustrated by Aleksei Bitskoff. In this book, Aunties are invading Humza Khan's (aka Little Badman's) school!
And they are making the children participate in all sorts of awful lessons - like cake tasting, reading food packages then eating whatever is inside and painting with chocolate - that's right - chocolate!!!!!
Ok... none of this sounds terrible, but Humza and his friends are sure they are up to something and are determined to get to the bottom of it! This book is laugh-out-loud funny and also gets the tummy rumbling! So we were inspired to do our own chocolate paintings! And you can too! Just the watch the video to find out how.
The Diddle that Dummed:
Making shakers with Cat & Hutch!
This week we were inspired by the very funny and musical book, "The Diddle That Dummed", by Kes Gray and illustrated by Fred Blunt.
In this book, Flinty Bo Diddle is writing a tune for his fiddle. But one of the Diddles won't Diddle - it keeps on Dumming! Flinty gets quite annoyed by this and in the end decides to write a different tune... will the Diddles all go along with the tune? Or do their own thing? Check out the book to find out!
We decided to get musical too and make some shakers! Check out the video to make your own and see if you can follow along with our rhythm game!
Aimed at age 3+
Aimed at age 8+
Dragon Detective -Catnapped:
Cat & Hutch become Detectives!
This week we had planned to do a detective training workshop based on the brilliant and funny book, "Dragon Detective: Catnapped!" by Gareth P. Jones. However, when we found our book missing, we had to don our detective gear and get straight on the case (with no time for training!)
We tried to think what Dirk Dilly, the Dragon Detective, would do... we thought about how, in the book, when the cats go missing, Dirk went on some stakeouts! He looked for clues! He wore disguises! And - well if you want to find out what happens, you need to read the book of course!
Did we solve the case? Did we find the book? Did we go from amateur detectives to giving Dragon Detective, Dirk Dilly, a run for his money? Watch our video to find out...
Create Your Own Detective!
When creating characters, we use the 5 W's:
Who? What? When? Where? Why? You can use these to create your very own detective!
Who are they? (Their name, age, what creature they are, what they like/don't like, etc.)
What do they do? (For a detective, what mysteries do they specialise in?)
When is your story set? (This will influence your character and how they behave.)
Where do they live? (In a city, countryside, what country - or planet, under the sea, a completely made up place - it's up to you!)
Why? Why did they become a detective?
Let us know all about your incredible characters! We'd love to hear about them and, if you like, we can share them on our social media.
Alan's Big Scary Teeth:
Drama Workshop and Exploring Alan's World
"Alan's Big, Scary Teeth", by Jarvis is one of our all time favourite books and was absolutely perfect for the 2020 Summer Reading Challenge's silly theme!
In the book, Alan LOVES scaring all the other animals with his ferocious teeth. But Alan has a secret... and to find out what it is, you'll have to read the book!
By the end of the book Alan changes his ways and becomes a gardener, a hairdresser and a dentist!
We decided to catch up with some of the animals that have joined Alan's businesses. Check out our video to see what happened.
We also did a drama workshop based on this book that is available here.
Aimed at age 3+
Aimed at age 7+
Werewolf Club Rules:
Poetry with a Hamster
Like absolutely everyone (or at least it should be everyone!) we LOVE Joseph Coelho's poems and, after reading "Hamster! Hamster!" in his book, "Werewolf Club Rules! And Other Poems", we wanted to find out what the Hamster's point of view was on the whole situation.
You see, the poem is written from a child's point of view, who initially describes the Hamster as, "soooo deliciously cute!". However, after the child sticks their finger in the Hamster's cage and swiftly receives a bite, they change their mind and describe the Hamster as, "so perfectly horrid!"
Here is what happened when we interviewed both the child and the Hamster.
Baking Cookies with Cat & Hutch!
This week we were inspired by "Angry Cookie" by Laura Dockrill and illustrated by Maria Karipidou to get baking! In the book, Angry Cookie is very...well, angry - and doesn't want to talk to anyone! Can you cheer him up? We made our very own Angry Cookies, as well as Happy Cookies, Sad Cookies, Silly Cookies and a whole host of other Cookies! Check them out in our video.
If you want to bake your own, you will need:
150g brown/caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g plain flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
200g chocolate/chocolate chips
Aimed at age 3+
Aimed at age 6+
My Parents My Birthday:
Creating your own party!
This week's video was inspired by the brilliantly funny book, "My Parents Cancelled My Birthday!", written by Jo Simmons and illustrated by Nathan Reed.
Like many of you, we had to celebrate our birthday at home this year but, just like Tom in the story, we still had a great party! We decided to catch up with some of the other characters in the book to find out what they would do for their perfect stay-at-home party.
Check out our video to find out what Nana, Mum and the Tooth-Fairy get up to!
The Incredible Journey:
This week's video was inspired by the brilliant "Imagine That!" (formerly known as "The Incredible Journey", written by Tom Burlison when he was just 7 years old(!) and illustrated by Sara Sanchez.
In this story the characters Ruby and Elliot imagine that all sorts of ordinary objects are fantastic and wonderful things - like a puddle becoming a portal to a pirate ship!
This made us think about what it would be like if we were on a Pirate ship together... check out our video to find out what happened!
Supertato: Superveggie Stick Puppets!
We absolutely LOVE the Supertato series by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet. The books are full of fun and bright illustrations that bring to life the naughty deeds of the Evil Pea and the heroic acts of Supertato and his friends.
We were inspired by some of these heroics to create our very own Super-Veggie stick puppets, (DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE HERE) who helped us to rescue some vegetables in distress! Check out our video to find out how to make your own.
Aimed at age 4+
This week we were inspired by the brilliant book, "Aunt Grizelda's Fairytales of the Unexpected", by Anna Best and Natallia Pavaliayeva. In this collection of funny and entertaining poems, we see the Fairytales of old given modern and hilarious twists like Rapunzel who - actually we don't want to give all the endings away! This book is aimed at children aged 6-9. More information on this book can be found on The Summer Reading Challenge website: www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
We were particularly inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood twist, which sees Grandmamma using a Judo chop to save Little Red from the Big Bad Wolf! Check out our video of the follow up Martial Arts Lesson!
We also rejoined Alice in Chapter 2 of her Adventures in Wonderland, where she struggles with height changes and gets stuck in a pool of her own tears!
Aimed at age 3+
Aimed at age 5+
Aunt Grizelda's Fairytales of the Unexpected:
Karate Lesson with Grandmamma!
This week we were inspired by the brilliant book, "Aunt Grizelda's Fairytales of the Unexpected", by Anna Best and Natallia Pavaliayeva. In this collection of funny and entertaining poems, we see the Fairytales of old given modern and hilarious twists like Rapunzel, who... ...Actually we don't want to give all the endings away! This book is aimed at children aged 6-9. More information on this book can be found on The Summer Reading Challenge website: www.summerreadingchallenge.org.uk
We were particularly inspired by the Little Red Riding Hood twist, which sees Grandmamma using a Judo chop to save Little Red from the Big Bad Wolf! Check out our video of the follow up Martial Arts Lesson.