Morag the Goat

My name is Michelle and I write books for children. My books all have animal characters and they are really fun to read because they rhyme.

Today I’m going to read you two of my stories and we are going to be doing some lovely activities about different foods and where people live.

9.30am Activity:
Morag the Goat

Morag is a very special goat because she lives in a castle and we’ll talk more about that in one of the activities later but for now, get comfy for a couple of minutes and find out why Morag has a little problem.

See if you can hear the rhymes in this story about Morag the Goat.

Grown Ups:

Encourage your children to listen to the story and talk about it together when it is finished. This develops communication and language and listening skills.

10.30am Activity:
Favourite Food Plate

Let’s think about different types of foods and why we need them to stay fit and healthy. What are your favourite foods and how do they help your body stay well?

Grown Ups:

Encourage your children to think about the story and to list some of the foods that are mentioned. Talk about the different foods that help us to stay healthy – meat/fish or beans/pulses if veggie/vegan, fruit and vegetables and energy foods like pasta and rice. Talk about foods that they may not have tried before and encourage them to choose one food for lunch or dinner that they have never eaten before. Help them to draw or cut out/stick their favourite plate of food.

You’ll need: a paper plate or a piece of paper with a circle drawn on it, colouring pens/pencils or printed pictures to cut out and stick, glue.

Develops - Communication & Language, PSHE and Understanding our Body.

1:30pm Activity:
Neeps and Tatties

We’re going to use a vegetable to make a printed picture. Try to use different shapes and different colours to make your picture as bright as possible.

Grown Ups:

Encourage your child to guess what Neeps and Tatties might be. Help them to cut one or two shapes out of a potato and create a potato print picture.

You’ll need a couple of potatoes, a sharp knife, poster paint and paper.

Develops - Art, Communication & Language and Understanding the World Skills.

2:30pm Activity:
Who Lives in a Castle?

We’re going to see how many different places we can think of where a person might live. Do you know who lives in a castle?

Grown Ups:

Encourage your child to think about where their family and friends live and also where animals might live. Use language such as house, mansion, palace, flat, bungalow, den, nest, the sea etc.

You’ll need: paper and pen to write down the places your child names. If your child wants to continue the game in the video, you can download and print the pictures or access them on your tablet/phone, asking your child what each picture is and whether an animal or person would live there (see answer sheet if needed). Use as many of the pictures as you like.

Develops - Language & Communication and Understanding the World skills

If you've finished these and still have time for fun...

Make an apple pie or some porridge which were two of the foods that the goats were eating.

Find out all about goats at the British Goat Society website. Did you know that goats have rectangular pupils?

Story time:
Pete the Lion

It’s time for today’s bedtime story, Pete the Lion.

Pete’s got a bit of a problem, let’s find out what the trouble is shall we?

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