The New Playground Activities

Support Notes for Teachers, Parents and Carers

Explore Prior Experiences

Keeping in mind the message from the text, invite children to recount experiences of excitement or anticipation.

Were the experiences good?

Did any of the experiences end up being disappointing? Did a person’s actions spoil the experience?

Relate the story to their own lives by discussing their memories and experiences of a time they played in a playground.

Making Connections

Invite children to talk about the book. You may wish to use the following prompts:

At the start of the story the characters were very excited. What do you do when you are feeling excited?
Charlie was frustrated during the story. Tell me about a time you were feeling frustrated.
Ms Stanley wanted Charlie to know he did the wrong thing by pushing Patch. How did you feel when Charlie had to move to a bench outside the playground?
Ms Stanley spoke to Charlie about things he could do when he was feeling frustrated or overexcited. What are some calming exercises you could use to help you relax?
What did you learn from Skipper’s message?

Follow-up Activities

Have children draw a picture of Skipper. Ask them to write their own message underneath about thinking and acting very kindly.
Have children create simple stick puppets of the main characters. Using the puppets, have them retell the story in their own words.