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Top tips for a roar-some World Book Day!


It’s World Book Day today! Following the recent launch of WWF’s personalised children’s book, The Tiger Protector, the charity asked me to put together a few ideas to help you celebrate at home or at school, with a Tiger theme, of course! Here’s how…

Make a jungle scene

You will need: a sheet of A4 paper; a range of coloured paper; scissors; a glue stick; and colouring pencils (or similar).

  1. Begin by having a look at some images for inspiration, including photos, illustrations from stories or art such as Surprised! by Henri Rousseau (which you can see in person at the National Gallery in London). Ask the children what kind of shapes and colours they can see in the image. Choose the colours you might want for your jungle background – we chose various shades of green but you might want to include some orange, red or brown.
  2. Cut or tear your coloured paper and arrange on your page until your happy with your jungle scene. Use the glue stick to glue the different pieces of paper down.
  3. Add texture and detail by using a sponge to apply paint. You could use other media such as felt tips or blow-pens to get your desired effect.
  4. On a separate piece of paper, create your tiger. For young children, cut out a tiger silhouette for them to colour. Consider using chalks, pastels, pencils or felt tips for different effects. Have a picture of a tiger nearby to help them.
  5. Once the tiger is finished, stick this to your jungle background.
Collage image of resources required; tiger silhouettes and jungle background © Pears and Chocolate SauceCollage image of resources required; tiger silhouettes and jungle background © Pears and Chocolate Sauce

Create a kitchen roll tiger

You will need: a kitchen roll tube, cut in half; orange paper; black paper; orange card or craft foam; a black pen; a pipe cleaner; googly eyes; scissors; and a glue stick.

  1. Cut the black paper into thin strips and glue along the length of your orange paper.
  2. Turn your paper over, and attach a piece of sticky tape to each end, sticky side up. Stick the kitchen roll on to one end and roll so that it is wrapped in the striped paper. This is the body of your tiger.
  3. Create four holes in the body using a pencil or skewer when the legs should go. Cut your pipe cleaner in half and thread one half through either end to create the legs. Attach a piece of sticky tape inside to secure. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner to help it stand up.
  4. Cut a head shape out of the card or craft foam. Stick on googly eyes and use the black pen to draw some stripes and the rest of the face. Attach to the body using glue.
  5. Make a tail out of a small piece of orange paper and draw on some stripes. Tape to the inside of the body.
Image of the process of making the tigers and the completed product © Pears and Chocolate SauceImage of the process of making the tigers and the completed product © Pears and Chocolate Sauce

What’s behind the door?

“The magical thing about doors is that you never know what’s behind them. Even a very normal-looking one could be hiding an amazing surprise.”

In The Tiger Protector, when the child opens the door towards the end of the story, they find it opens not on to their street but on to the Tiger’s jungle habitat.

With your class or child, research a chosen habitat from somewhere around the world. This could be based on a current unit of work or it could be based on the children’s current interests.

Create a piece of artwork showing the habitat – it could be a drawing, painting, collage or other medium of your choice! Once the artwork is finished, create a ‘doorway’ on another piece of paper (filling the page so as to display as much of the artwork as possible). Cut around the doorway, leaving a paper ‘hinge’. Stick the doorway on top of the piece of artwork.

Creative Writing

Use the children’s Whats Behind the Door? artwork as a stimulus for some creative writing. Imagine what might happen one day if you opened your door and there was a jungle/desert/ocean outside! Come up with a story together. If the children feel restricted by writing the story down, perhaps help them to create a storyboard instead, or just have fun telling the story verbally! (Fun fact: The Tiger Who Came To Tea was told many times by Judith Kerr to her daughter at bed time, before she even considered writing it down!)

Image of tiger mask, jungle small world play, dolls house storytelling activity and tiger birthday cake © Pears and Chocolate SauceImage of tiger mask, jungle small world play, dolls house storytelling activity and tiger birthday cake © Pears and Chocolate Sauce

Not long ago we celebrated my daughters 3rd birthday with a The Tiger Who Came To Tea themed party. Find out how we made a tiger-themed small world, made tiger masks, and set up some role play!

Of course, it wouldn’t be World Book Day without some of your favourite books! If you’re celebrating with a Tiger theme, here are our top picks for Tiger Tales:

  • That’s not my Tiger – 0-2’s will love this simple story! Lots to look at touch, great for sensory and language development!
  • Peep inside the Zoo – we love this range of stories by Usborne. Lots of flaps to lift and fun facts as you read
  • The Tiger Who Came to Tea – a classic tiger story, loved by many! If you haven’t read this story, it’s a must-read.

“The Tiger said, ‘Excuse me, but I’m very hungry. Do you think I could have tea with you?”

  • There’s a Tiger in the Garden – a whimsical tale with beautiful illustration. Shortlisted for The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017.
  • Winnie the Pooh – who could forget Tigger! Tigger was not introduced to the Winne-the-Pooh stories until the second volume of stories, The House at Pooh Corner. We first meet him in Chapter 2: In which Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast.

“I’m Tigger,’ said Tigger. ‘Oh!’ said Pooh, for he had never seen an animal like this before. ‘Does Christopher Robin know about you?’ ‘Of course he does,’ said Tigger.”

  • The Jungle Book – this time not one of the friendly, loveable tigers we meet in so many other stories, but the fearsome Shere Khan! This is a classic tale for older readers.

And of course, who could forget our very own The Tiger Protector? You can receive The Tiger Protector as a free gift when you sign up to become a Tiger Protector with WWF. For just £5 a month, not only will you be helping support tiger conservation, you will receive a certificate, a fact pack and a personalised story book.

From the Pears and Chocolate Sauce blog, we hope you have a wonderful World Book Day!

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