How we started out
Out of the gate and off for a walk… well sort of!
We started our hairy adventure with a walk through, seeing what the girls remembered from previous reading. Using the pictures to assist with recall, they were able to retell the story perfectly.
After reading Hairy Maclary, we began our comprehension activities.
Sequencing and Retell 🦴
Miss 4 was eager to use the cards to show the dogs in order as they appeared in the story.
Over the days we had these activities as a play focus, this activity was repeated numerous times. It was really rewarding for both the girls to recognise how much more efficient they were at completing this activity compared to their first time.
✅ Recognising similar attributes between the characters in the book and those on the cards
✅ Sequencing the cards in order of appearance in the story
✅ Counting by correspondence
✅ Self correction
✅ Retelling each dogs name along with corresponding rhyme, ‘Bottomley Pots, covered in spots’ etc
✅ Identifying rhyming words
Matching Dogs by Descriptions 🦴
Before sorting the cards, we took the time to discuss what was showing on each card, both dogs and descriptor cards.
Miss 4 worked through the ones she recognised easily before using a process of elimination on the ones she found challenging. She reread the story, well used the illustrations as prompts to recall the story, to herself to check her answers before swapping some cards.
While she found this activity challenging, her resilience was rewarded when she completed deciphering the cards independently.
Ordering Dogs Biggest to Smallest 🦴
This seemingly simple activity lead to quite a few variations.
Miss 7 questioned whether size was measured by height or width. I had to throw a spanner in the works and also question weight.
So all boxes were ticked, the dogs were sorted by height, width and then potential weight under fluff.
Concertina Sausage Dog 🦴
This paper craft activity was the girls favourite in this collection.
They both took so much pride in making their dogs. While folding the body and fixing the piece, they were developing a range of important skills
✅ Fine motor skills
✅ Sequencing events
✅ Listening skills / oral instructions
Treasure Hunt 🦴
The scavenger hunt was a great focus for when we went ‘out of our gate and off for a walk’ with print in hand. Looking for the different items, the girls had so much more aware of their surroundings.
This Hairy Maclary play pack is amazing! Miss 4 and Miss 7 both loved each of the activities and have revisited them over again throughout the days of us having them displayed. The activities have most definitely assisted the girls in developing a deeper understanding of this incredible book.
🌟 About Dani D - Play Inspired Mum
Dani is a busy mum, pre-service teacher and has her own blog, Play Inspired Mum aimed to inspire creative play ideas, encourage the love of reading, share yummy meal inspiration, offer tips to make your household eco friendly and remind you that you are not alone on this wild rollercoaster of a journey known as parenting!
She loves houseplants, giant chunky cookies and all things play based, incorporating learning experiences into every day! 💖