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17/01/2022 Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake

This week's story is: Mrs Armitage on Wheels.

Mrs Armitage sets off for a quiet cycle with her faithful dog, Breakspear, but she just can't help thinking of ways to improve her bicycle. Before very long she has added three very loud horns, a bucket of water to wash her hands, a complete tool kit. And by the time she has also added a seat for Breakspear, two umbrellas, a cassette player and a mouth-organ, Mrs Armitage is riding a very eye-catching contraption. But it is when she finally adds the mast and sail, that Mrs Armitage really runs into trouble. . . 

Click here to view the story: Mrs Armitage on Wheels by Quentin Blake

Things to make and do (by

Invention Play

Make the bicycle

Use a construction toy like Lego or recycled materials to make Mrs Armitage’s bicycle. Remember to include a seat for Breakspear the dog and somewhere to keep the snacks!

Continue the story

Talk about what Mrs Armitage might add to the roller skates and whether it will work better than the bicycle.

Invent your own vehicle

Choose another vehicle such as a car or a scooter. Talk about what things you would like to add, for example a basket for a cuddly toy. Have a go at drawing or making the design. You could make a life size version by using big cardboard boxes and other recycled materials.

Make up a song

Use the nursery rhyme The Wheels on the Bus and make up your own version. You could sing about the wheels and horns on Mrs Armitage’s bicycle.

Bike Repair Shop

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