Young learner projects for cold days and holidays

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The year is coming to an end and our students are distracted by all the celebrations that this season brings so we need the most playful activities to keep the language they have learnt during the school term alive and help them use it in various meaningful contexts.

In both of our series of readers for young learners (Helbling Young Readers and The Thinking Train), you will find a project at the end of each book. These one-page projects are arts & crafts activities or board games which will help you end the reading sessions in a playful way, connecting the story with your students’ immediate environment and creating something that that will be fun for them to use but also remind them of the story each time they reach for it. Here are our favourite projects for winter days and holidays.

This week we select our favourite projects from the Helbling Young Readers series. You will find each project at the end of each book or you can download them from the Helbling Young Readers website.

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1 Make a bird feeder

What’s the story?

It is a cold hard winter. There are not enough nuts and seeds for the animals in the forest. They are all weak and hungry… all except Chippy and his family. They have got lots of food for the winter. But something terrible happens and Chippy soon learns that sharing is the best.

What’s the project?

Follow the instructions to make a bird feeder to make sure the birds near your home or school don’t go hungry like the squirrels in the story.

Details of the book:

Food for the Winter, written by Rick Sampedro, illustrated by Estella Guerrera

2 Make a magic tube

What’s the story?

One day the fisherman catches a magic fish. When he tells his wife she asks the fish for a nice house. Then she wants a castle. And then she wants to become queen. What happens when the fisherman’s wife keeps asking for more things?
Does the fish listen to the fisherman’s wife?

What’s the project?

Follow the instructions to make a magic tube and do a magic trick and recreate that element of magic from the story.

Details of the book:

The Fisherman and his Wife, written by Richard Northcott, illustrated by Andrea Alemanno

3 Make a box

What’s the story?

Andy loves the summer, the days are long and he can play in the sun with his friends. Andy likes the winter too. But in the winter the days are short and the nights are long. Andy doesn’t like nights. He doesn’t like the dark. Then one day Andy has an idea. What’s Andy’s idea and how can it help him to sleep at night?

What’s the project?

Follow the instruction to make a Christmas or a birthday box or a box where you can put your fears, like Andy in the story.

Details of the book:

The Dark in the Box, written by Rick Sampedro, illustrated by Manuela Scarfò

4 Make a Christmas tree

What’s the story?

It’s Christmas Eve and Mother Bunny is busy getting everything ready for Christmas. The bunnies aren’t helping so she sends them out to play. Barney, the baby bunny, can’t play any of the games. But on Christmas Day Mother Bunny has a special present for him and all her other children.

What’s the project?

Follow the instruction to make a Christmas tree for the whole class and see the importance of empathy and working together, values which run through the story.

Details of the book:

A Christmas Present for Barney Bunny, written by Maria Cleary, illustrated by Lorenzo Sabbatini

 

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