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A squash and a squeeze

What you need

Your imagination and drawing tools.


Reading aloud helps children learn how to use language to make sense of the world; it improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension.

The experience

Sit somewhere comfortably with your child; watch and listen to the story, pausing to allow for discussion.

‘Wise old man, won’t you help me, please? My house is a squash and squeeze.’

What can you do if your house is too small? The wise old man knows: bring in a flappy, scratchy, noisy crowd of farmyard animals. When you push them all out again, you’ll be amazed at how big your house feels!

If you wish to extend this activity, you could draw or paint a picture of the animals all squashed in the same house? How many animals are in the house that you made? Try to count them!