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Maisy goes camping

What you need

  • Some paper
  • Small world animal toys


Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word.

The experience

Maisy and her friends are off on a camping trip. They have difficulty pitching a tent, but eventually get it right with teamwork. After singing around the campfire, it is time for bed. They squeeze five of them into the little tent, but they can’t all fit and they start to pop out.

Sit back and listen to this wonderful story of Maisy and her friends, and discuss any camping experiences you may have had. 

Why not retell the story using small world characters? You could use folded card to make tents, and try to have your animal toys fit in the tent, one at a time. Repeatedly ask, “Is there room for one more?” until your child decides it’s too much of a squeezy squish-squash – watch as your characters POP! out of the tent one at a time. 

Why not share your tents and animals with us on Famly?