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Mavis the Bravest: ideas and activities

Learning type: Classroom activity
Category: Author/book resource
Programme: Bookbug
Genre: Adventure, Animals, Art
Age group: 3-5, Children, Families
Topics: Bookbug

Our friends at PlayTalkRead have come up with some great crafting activities to help you get the most out of Mavis the Bravest by Lu Fraser and Sarah Warburton, which is in the Bookbug Explorer Bag.

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Homemade craft animals from Mavis the Bravest, featuring hens and sheep, and balls of yarn

How to make Mavis

You will need:


  1. Make rocking hens from paper plates folded in half.
  2. Decorate with pens, coloured paper, feathers, and stickers.
  3. Use a glue stick, scissors, and googly eyes, but you could also decorate your hens with pens, pencils or crayons.
Step-by-step collage of how to make hens from Mavis the Bravest

How to make Sandra the Sheep

You will need:


  1. Make Sandra the Sheep from a paper plate and cover the plate with glue before sticking cotton wool all over the glue for the sheep’s body.
  2. Cut out a face shape and legs from black paper and add googly eyes.
  3. You could also cut out a cloud shape from a piece of cardboard and cover this with wool. Try wrapping the wool round and round the cardboard, in different directions, until it looks like a woolly Sandra sheep.

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