Bookstart Treasure activities

The books included in Treasure packs have lots of potential for fun, here are some ideas you can use to make the books go further.

All the titles included here have been, or are currently, contained in the Bookstart Treasure pack. Explore our ideas for engaging children with the books and exploring the themes within them.

All the activities below meet the following area of the EYFS framework: playing and exploring – exploring other environments / understanding in the world. Details of other EYFS learning and development areas are listed below each book.

Christopher Nibble coverChristopher Nibble by Charlotte Middleton

  • Show the children some images of dandelions, then take the group on a dandelion hunt. Can they find any dandelions?
  • Use the book as a starting point before planting dandelions or other plants that guinea pigs like to eat. Talk about the importance of growing flowers and vegetables and how, like Christopher, children need to look after the plants - watering them, keeping them clear of bugs etc.
  • Christopher Nibbles loves to eat dandelions - speak to your group about the foods they like to eat.
  • Take a trip to your local library, perhaps to coincide with a specific session they're running. On the way, see how many dandelions your group can spot.

How these activities meet specific areas of the EYFS framework

  • Communication and language - listening and speaking; asking questions
  • Understanding the world - exploring the nature and local community

Puffin Peter coverPuffin Peter by Petr Horacek

  • Sing the nursery rhyme Two Little Dickie Birds together

Two little dickie birds,
Sitting on a wall;
One named Peter,
One named Paul.
Fly away Peter!
Fly away Paul!
Come Back Peter!
Come Back Paul!

  • Birds of the world: talk about where each of the different birds in the book come from.
  • There are lots of parrot activities you can try, such as colouring exercises, making parrot masks and talking about where parrots come from. Or why not try making parrots using paper plates? Just scroll to the bottom of this page for a simple guide, or search the internet for more parrot crafts.
  • As a group, why not pretend you are on a whale-watching journey. You can find lots of information about different whales online. See if there is anything the class may know already, how big do they think a whale is? What do whales eat?
  • Explore nature around your setting, it doesn’t matter if you’re in the city or countryside, there is all sorts of wildlife to spot. What birds, insects or animals can you see?

How these activities meet specific areas of the EYFS framework

  • Understanding the world - exploring nature and the outdoors
  • Communication and language - listening and speaking; singing rhymes; talking about animals, colours and habitats; asking questions
  • Literacy development and creative development - expressive arts and crafts; drawing and painting; imaginative play

Dawn Chorus coverThe Dawn Chorus by Suzanne Barton

  • 'He watched the stars as night fell.' Use this page to encourage children and parents to sing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star together and join in singing like the birds in the book.
  • Ask the children what noises they think birds make and what the birds' morning song might sound like.
  • Explore the local surroundings to see if you can spot any birds or hear them singing. Alternatively, play your group a recording of the dawn chorus - there are lots available online. Have a discussion about the dawn chorus - have any of your group heard it?

How these activities meet specific areas of the EYFS framework

  • Understanding the world - exploring outdoors; spotting birds; listening to birdsong
  • Communication and language - asking questions; singing rhymes; making bird sounds

Don't Call Me Sweet coverDon’t Call Me Sweet by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Angie Rozelaar

  • On page six, the monster falls into a pond. Why not create your own sensory play pond, perhaps it could be a frog-themed pond.
  • Frog-hatching game. All the children curl up in a ball or squat down low as though they are frogs' eggs. Tell the children they are hatching and becoming tadpoles. Discuss what tadpoles do and don't have - tails but not legs. Have them move around like a tadpole. Tell them they are now growing two legs (move their legs). Now they are growing two more (move their arms and legs). Now they are frogs!
  • Muddy puddle walk: head outside after rainfall and explore the puddles. See if the children can make a 'squelch' sound, see what they think might be slimy.

How these activities meet specific areas of the EYFS framework

  • Understanding the world - using sensory play to explore the pond, slimy sand, pebbles and plants
  • Physical development - frog-hatching game; sensory play

George cover

Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

  • Why not create a maze that your students can follow pretending they are George chasing Cat.
  • After reading Oh No, George! ask your students some questions about the book: what is a young dog called? What would you call your dog if you had a pet like George? What noises does a dog make?
  • Within the book George eats a cake. To extend the book, print off cake-colouring in sheets - which you can find online. Ask the children to draw candles on their cake to show how old they are.
  • Make use of the BookTrust Oh No, George! interactive storybook.

How these activities meet specific areas of the EYFS framework

  • Communication and language - listening and speaking; asking questions
  • Expressive arts and design - colouring and drawing 

Alan's Big Scary Teeth coverAlan's Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis

  • After reading Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth, why not take your group on an alligator hunt, which can be enjoyed inside or outside. 
  1. Collect together some clothes pegs
  2. Add googly eyes to your clothes pegs. If you don't want to use ready-made googly eyes, you can draw, cut out and stick on your own
  3. Hide the googly-eyed pegs around your nursery, inside and out if possible. Make the hiding places as easy or as hard as you choose
  4. See how many alligators the children can find
  • parrot craftJungle parrot craft. You will need: paper plates, scissors, decorating equipment, optional googly eyes, glue. 
  1. Take one paper plate and cut it in half
  2. Glue one half to the top of the other, as in the picture. You now have the head and body of your parrot
  3. Decorate as you wish, e.g. with brightly coloured paints, feathers and paper strips for the tail 

How these activities meet specific areas of the EYFS framework

  • Understanding the world - alligator hunt
  • Expressive arts and design - jungle parrot craft
  • Communication and language - interacting with each other; listening and speaking; asking questions