You can find out more about our experience of reading Harry the Poisonous Centipede here.
Children will often draw people or objects based on simple structures they have learnt over time. For example, often a child will draw a house as a square with a triangle on top for a room. The rectangular door is added to the front of the house along with two square windows positioned either side of the door. At times, however, it's good to stop and ask children to look at the shapes they see in an object before they go ahead and draw it. A good way to do this is to actually look at real objects and talk about the shapes seen.
As we don't have any live centipedes around the house (that I know of) to study and draw, we did the next best thing and printed out a photo of a centipede from the internet. The advantage of printing out a photo of a real centipede is that you can enlarge it so that children can clearly see the different parts of the insect. This provides plenty of opportunity for discussion about what can be seen - shapes, colours, patterns, etc.
We used texters for our drawings but you could use any art medium that you like - e.g., pastels, pencils, paints, chalk, charcoal, etc. The aim of the activity is to encourage children to experiment with creative ideas. The end result doesn't need to be a perfect replica of a real centipede. It's more about observing, drawing and being creative.
Other Story Extension Activities for Harry the Poisonous Centipede
There are four other story extension activities based on Harry the Poisonous Centipede:
Activity Two: Write a centipede story. This can be done by children of all ages, including young children and can be heaps of fun as children use their imagination! Anything is possible in a story!
Activity Three: What Do You Remember About Harry? Draw Harry the Poisonous Centipede and then write down things you know about Harry around the drawing. Memory recall is one of the skills this activity strengthens. You may be amazed by how much your child actually remembers!
Activity Four: Harry the Poisonous Centipede Maths Activity - focuses on writing numbers. There is a free downloadable printable available for this story extension activity.
Activity Five: Make Harry the Poisonous Centipede. This activity also focuses on maths as children use clips or pegs to count and attached 42 feet! A free downloadable printable is available for this story extension activity.