Moray House School of Education and Sport

Wow! Animals

Learn about fun activities you can do with your child to enhance their learning relating to the Read, Write, Count P3 book Wow! Animals: A Book of Extraordinary Animal Facts.

child using an animal tracker he made

Watch Wow! Animals read aloud

Wow! Animals: A Book of Extraordinary Animal Facts (written by Jacqueline McCann and Emma Dods, and illustrated by Marc Aspinall) was gifted to every Primary 3 child in Scotland this year in the Read Write Count Primary 3 bag. 

We encourage you to read this book with your child (or children) before beginning the activities together. If you prefer, you can watch a video reading from the Scottish Book Trust.

Watch the video reading of Wow! Animals

Creative activities

We hope families and children will enjoy watching the videos below with creative ideas about how to enjoy time together participating in fun activities that advance children's learning from the book Wow! Animals: A Book of Extraordinary Animal Facts.

These activities have been created for parents and children to do together. Some of these activities involve using sharp knives and scissors, so please make sure children are supervised to use them safely or have an adult help.

We look forward to hearing your feedback about the P3 Bag Unpacked videos and seeing what you create.

I would give a star rating for making the potato print. We all had great time. I never thought that it could be so easy to make life such a joy using simple things. My daughter definitely enjoyed printing her work on the paper of her bear and bear paw print. She even coloured her work. Great fun!

- Father

Make a potato paw print

In these activities, you will choose a favourite animal from the Wow! Animals book:

  • look up its paw / footprint on the internet
  • draw this shape in your Notebook
  • copy your drawing on to your potato
Video: Wow! Animals Make a Potato Paw Print
P3 RWC Bag Unpacked

Materials you will need: 

  • a good-sized potato
  • a small, sharp knife to carefully carve the potato (please help your child to do the cutting bit!)
  • a wooded cutting board
  • a plastic container / bowl
  • a paintbrush
  • a sharp pencil 
  • a little water
  • white paper / coloured paper
  • some earth from outdoors or paint, if you have it

Make an animal mask

In these activities, you will make an animal mask for playing the animal trackers game (see the video below for more on the game)

  • make a cat mask
  • choose your favourite character from Wow! Animals
  • wear your mask anywhere
Video: Make an Animal Mask video
'Make an Animal Mask' video. From Gale Macleod for MHSES website (PL pages)

Materials you will need: 

  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • pens and pencil
  • clear face visor (or similar)
  • coloured paper (old magazine pages are good)
  • heavier cardboard (cardboard box / other packaging)
  • clear plastic (‘polly- pocket’, or similar from packaging)

Animal trackers nature play game

In these activities, you will wear your animal mask (see the video above on how to make it) for playing the animal trackers game. 

Video: Animal Trackers Nature Play
A Game of Hide and Seek

Make a pair of binoculars

In these activities, you will use your binoculars to look at the natural world around you: 

  • take your binoculars and notepad for an outdoor adventure
  • count how many birds, animals and insects you can see
  • write them down in your notebook
Video: 'Make a pair of Binoculars' video
'Make a pair of Binoculars' video. From Gale Macleod for MHSES website (PL pages)

Materials you will need: 

  • scissors
  • cellotape
  • black paper
  • two toilet roll tubes
  • pencils and pens
  • a stapler (if you have it)
  • a bicycle innertube (you can upcycle a damaged innertube), length of Ribbon or similar

Make a magnifying glass

In these activities, you will use your magnifying glass to find and look closely at animal tracks (if you visit the beach, the sand is a good surface for finding tracks, or a nearby park or nature area): 

  • find animal tracks on wet, muddy earth, sand or fresh snow
  • count how any animals tracks you can find
  • match them to their animal names
  • draw the shapes of the tracks in your notebook
Video: 'Make a Magnifying Glass' video
'Make a Magnifying Glass' video. From Gale Macleod for MHSES website (PL pages)

Materials you will need: 

  • scissors
  • a saucer
  • a glue stick
  • pencils and pens 
  • a tin of beans (or similar shaped tin)
  • medium weight card (cereal box or similar)
  • thin, clear, plastic (A4 polly pocket or similar packaging)
  • coloured paper (old magazine pages are good)

Make a paw print stencil

In these activities, you will use your paw print stencil to play the Animal Tracking Game 

  • look up an animal paw / footprint on the internet
  • draw this shape in your notebook
  • copy your drawing on to a piece of paper
  • carefully cut out the shapes to make your stencil
Video: 'Make a Paw Print Stencil' video
'Make a Paw Print Stencil' video. From Gale Macleod for MHSES website (PL pages)

Materials you will need: 

  • flour
  • sieve
  • paper
  • scissors
  • pencils and pens

Feedback

Please let us know what you think about the videos and creative ideas of activities for the Read, Write, Count P3 books by taking part in a brief questionnaire and/or sharing your photos.

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About the creator

Barbara Middleton, Artist and Family Learning Practitioner, has developed the creative activities and associated videos as part of the Moray House Read, Write, Count project.

I have really enjoyed making the short videos for you and I look forward to hearing how you have enjoyed trying out the ideas illustrated in them too!  There are quite a few videos to collect. Catch them all if you can.  All you will need is your P3 RWC Bag, time to spend together as a family, some everyday items that you may have around the house plus some sticky tape, glue and a good sense of humour.  Have fun!

Barbara Middleton (Artist and Family Learning Practitioner)

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