The feature image was drawn by the talented Ross Collins and is related to the book Knitbone Pepper Ghost Dog and the Last Circus Tiger

You’ll need help from an adult to make this perfect pie, make sure you’re singing the song as it’s being made!

Here is a printable version of the activity if your screen is too small to see it fully.

– What is the funniest animal you can think of? Why is it so funny? What about the scariest / grumpiest / saddest?

– Show what animals are saying by drawing them and adding speech bubbles (write the words first then draw the bubble shape after, so you don’t have to squash the words in).

– What about the animal’s secret thoughts, things they don’t say out loud? Add a thought bubble.

– Can you invent a new animal by combining 2 or 3 others (like the Xolf in Frontiebacks)? Do some research on Mythical Creatures like the Minotaur, Centaur and Griffon.

– Come up with a silly rhyme to go with your drawing.

For another idea using the story of Zeraffa, try a shadow play of the story.

 

You can make templates for the shadow puppets out black paper. Draw and then cut out an outline of a giraffe, cutting holes for the patterns. You can make the legs move by attaching them on to the body with little brass split pins so that you can put the legs in different positions. It will look as if the giraffe is walking.

The Egyptian show can be made with triangular sails and also the bigger boat that went across the Mediterranean Sea. Don’t forget the carriage and the cows and also the houses on the walk through the French countryside to tell your story. The houses could have doors and windows cut out so the light shines through them. If you tape on thin sticks to the back of the shadow puppet you can hold them up high so your own shadow doesn’t get in the way.

Remember that you are making outlines and their shadows need to show up on a white screen or sheet. You can either stand behind a white sheet with a strong light behind you or you can stand in front of a white screen so that a bright light reflects the shadow onto the screen. This works well with an overhead projector.