Harry the Poisonous Centipede: Make Harry

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

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Activity Five: Make Harry the Poisonous Centipede.

This activity focuses on maths as children use clips or pegs to count and attached 42 feet! A free printable Make Harry the Centipede download is available for this story extension activity:


1. Print out the sheet containing the outline of Harry. Cut out Harry.

2. Cut a piece of A4 cardboard in half lengthwise.

Cut out Harry

3. Glue two ends of the cardboard pieces together so that the cardboard makes one long length
4. Paste Harry the Centipede onto the cardboard.

Paste Harry on cardboard

5. Trim excess cardboard off the sides of the centipede but leave enough so that the pegs (legs) can be attached.
6. Fold down the sides of the centipede.

Fold the sides of Harry

7. Peg on legs using clips, pegs or paper clips. Peg two legs on each segment of the centipede - one on each side (left and right)

Peg legs on Harry

8. Count the legs. How many legs does Harry the centipede have?

Count Harry's Legs

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!

Centipede NumbersActivity Four: Harry the Poisonous Centipede Maths Activity - focuses on writing numbers. There is a free downloadable printable available for this story extension activity.

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