Harry the Poisonous Centipede: Number Harry

Harry the Poisonous CentipedeThis is the fourth learning activity for the story, "Harry the Poisonous Centipede", written by "Lynne Reid Banks" and illustrated by "Tony Ross".

You can find out more about our experience of reading Harry the Poisonous Centipede here.

Activity Four: Number Harry's Segments

In the book, Harry is described as having 21 segments. Each segment has 2 legs which means Harry has 42 legs in total. This description just cries out for a maths activity!

Number Harry

For this learning activity:

1. Print the free downloadable worksheet which contains an outline of Number Harry the Centipede!:

2. Number each of Harry's segments (1 through to 21). Harry's head can be number 0.

3. Draw pairs of legs on each of Harry's body segments.

Finally, count all of Harry's feet by counting in 2's (2,4,6,8,10 etc.).

Other Story Extension Activities for Harry the Poisonous Centipede

Have you seen the four other story extension activities based on Harry the Poisonous Centipede? You'll find them at the following links:

Making A Centipede Activity One: Draw or paint a centipede while referring to a photograph of a real centipede. This fun activity draws on children's creative abilities while looking at the real aspects and characteristics of a centipede.

Writing A Centipede StoryActivity 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!

Writing Facts About HarryActivity 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!

Making A CentipedeActivity 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.

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