The Smartest Giant in Town Activities Bundle

The Smartest Giant in Town Activities Bundles

Less planning, more learning! Save time preparing super fun ESL lessons with The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

♦ Hours of fun, dynamic activities that you can use NOT ONLY with the Smartest Giant story, but also in lessons on the topic of clothes.

♦ Flexible materials and activities for 6-10 lessons.

♦ Perfect for mixed age groups or to use across a range of levels.

♦ Pick and choose the activities you want. All the activities are great value at around €1 - €2, with bigger and bigger discounts the more you buy.

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Flashcards and game cards

Perfect for a whole host of whole class, small group and pair practice of your target language.

Smartest Giant in Town - Flashcards and game cards cover. Includes flashcards, matching cards, mini-cards. Practise with 3 sets: clothes, animals and key story vocabulary. Includes game suggestions. Super fun and engaging Smartest Giant flashcards and game cards to learn animals, clothes and key story vocabulary. So many play possibilities.

♦ Help your young learners learn key animal, clothes and story language from The Smartest Giant story in a fun, dynamic way.

♦ Try out the included game ideas for interactive practise and easy learning.

♦ A choice of three card types provide plenty of learning opportunities so your esl kids never get bored.

♦ Perfect for helping you plan engaging and effective lessons so you have structure to your Smartest Giant story lessons.


Interactive storytelling and retelling

While you can incorporate retelling with any of the resources on this page, these resources are more specifically designed for retelling and manipulating the story.

Your ESL young learners will acquire more language from the story with multiple retellings. The resources below are super helpful for allowing you to do this in dynamic and fun ways. Empower your young learners to tell the story for themselves (or even add their own unique twist on it!)

The Smartest Giant in Town Storytelling Cards cover. Simplified text for EFL/ESL learners. Includes 17 cards. Includes prompts for increasing interaction. Comprehension checks.
Make your Smartest Giant storytelling sessions more exciting and accessible to your ESL young learners.

♦ Especially adapted, simplified text so it’s super easy for you to tell the story in a way that your kids can understand and engage with.

♦ Useful prompts on the back tell you exactly what to say AND provide comprehension checks and ways to promote interaction.

♦ Super adaptable! Use them in storytelling, games, sequencing activities and more.

♦ Perfect for switching up the dynamics and keeping your kids engaged.


The Smartest Giant in Town Roleplay masks and puppets cover. Practise animal vocabulary. Use in story retell. Use in imaginative play. Includes activity ideas. These super simple Smartest Giant roleplay masks and puppets are perfect for retelling the story and stimulating play and English practice.

♦ A dynamic and engaging craft to practise story language and use in story retelling.

♦ Choose from smaller and larger templates, all with helpful cutting guidelines to support your youngest learners.

♦ Includes useful activity suggestions to give you plenty of ideas for how to use them in engaging practice activities.


The Smartest Giant in Town Story slider craft. Practise animal and clothes vocabulary. Practise sequencing and ordinal numbers. Use to tell or retell the story. Get crafty and enjoy fun interactive story retelling with The Smartest Giant in Town.

♦ A dynamic and effective way to practise story language and use in story retelling.

♦ Choose from a range of templates to focus on speaking, listening, sequencing and even reading skills.

♦ Option to use as a print, colour and retell craft OR to build a whole lesson around contructing the craft then playing with it.

♦ Stretch your older learners with templates that include the story song.

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and structures in an interactive and dynamic way.


The Smartest Giant in Town Song booklet cover. Includes 3 different levels. Retell the story song. Practise literacy skills. Use as a colouring book. Enjoy learning animal and clothes vocabulary in an engaging, dynamic way with the Smartest Giant story song.

♦ Choose from 3 different levels and use for literacy, vocabulary development and/or as a story retelling tool.

♦ Engage your young learners with this worksheet with a difference! They can even sing along with you afterwards.

♦ Focus on the useful phrases, or zone in on the key vocabulary: scarf, shirt, belt, tie, shoe, socks, sandals, fox, goat, giraffe, mouse, dog, house

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and structures in an interactive and dynamic way.



Worksheets with a twist

Printables that are perfect for introducing and practising clothes and animals vocabulary and useful phrases and structures from the Smartest Giant story. Follow the activity suggestions for dynamic ways to work on receptive and productive skills.

The Smartest Giant in Town Colouring sheets Cover. Practise clothes and animals vocabulary. Engaging Smartest Giant colouring sheets that are perfect for fun practice of animal and clothes vocabulary from the story.

♦ Choose from 4 different sheets to easily differentiate according to ability, age group, and vocabulary focus.

♦ Helps you practise useful clothes and animal vocabulary.

♦ Useful activity suggestions give you plenty of ideas to increase interaction, engagement and learning AND give you ideas for incorporating story retelling.


The Smartest Giant in Town Clothes Sort. Practise clothes and story language. Sort by upper/lower body OR head, torso, legs and feet. Choose lower or higher level. Includes colouring sheets options Get crafty with clothes and enjoy watching your ESL kids have a ball learning the vocabulary.

♦ Your ESL kids will enjoy cutting and pasting the giant’s clothes into different parts of the body.

♦ Choose from two sorting levels. Great for revising parts of the body too!

♦ Option to use as colouring sheets and includes completed sheets for easy independent checking.

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and structures in an interactive and dynamic way. 


The Smartest Giant in Town Line matching sheets cover. Practise clothes and animal vocabulary. use in story retelling. Practise pencil control, tracing words or spelling. Includes black and white versions. Perfect for fun practice of clothes and animal vocabulary from The Smartest Giant story. Choose your template and trace, follow or gapfill.

♦ Choose from a range of templates to focus on listening, tracing, writing and even spelling skills.

♦ A super effective way to provide repetition of useful animals and clothes vocabulary from the story: tie, shirt, belt, crown, shoe, sock – fox, goat, giraffe, mouse, dog, giant

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and story language in an interactive and dynamic way.


So much useful engaging practice in one craft! Your ESL kids will love making and then playing with these flipbooks to make all sorts of funny combinations.

♦ Choose from several templates to tailor to the skills and vocabulary you want to practise.

♦ Limit to 14 clothes items or stretch your learners with 28 clothes + animals items.

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and story language in an interactive and dynamic way.

♦ Includes spelling support so every child can succeed.


The Smartest Giant in Town - Write and Draw templates editable thumbnails. Use for creative tasks. Connect the story to personal experience. Review key story language. Includes ideas for writing and drawing. Get creative and connect the Smartest Giant story to personal experiences with these attractive write and draw templates.

♦ Ideal for following up on a Smartest Giant unit/session in a personal way.

♦ Get creative with activating useful clothes, animals, friends and story language.

♦ Choose from a variety of templates to suit every age and ability.

♦ Includes ideas for different projects. See below!

Games to make and play

All of these can be made to play before your class, but they are also fantastic for integrating even more language practice because the kids can make their own copies. Super useful for bringing English outside the classroom – your young learners will be so excited to play these at home with their families.

The Smartest Giant in Town Jigsaw crafts cover. Includes 3 different images. 3 different levels: 5 pieces, 9 pieces and 15 pieces. Use as a game and/or as a craft. Practise clothes and animals vocabulary. Super engaging and effective Smartest Giant Jigsaw crafts. Your ESL kids will LOVE making these fun jigsaws and learning useful animal and clothes vocabulary too!

♦ Choose from a range of templates to easily differentiate according to ability, age and vocabulary focus.

♦ A super effective way to provide repetition of useful animal and clothes vocabulary from the story. See the full list below.

♦ Follow the tips and suggestions for fun ways to incorporate full sentences and story language in an interactive and dynamic way.


The Smartest Giant in Town Board games cover. Practise animal and clothes vocabulary. Practise story phrases. Includes 5 variations. Easy to adapt to different levels. Your ESL kids will have so much fun and English practice with these Smartest giant board games!

♦ A super interactive way to practise animal and clothes vocabulary AND useful phrases from the story.

♦ Give your young learners even more English speaking practice with the create your own game versions. They’ll play at home with their families too!

♦ Choose from 5 variations to learn useful animal, clothes and story phrases and easily differentiate for different levels – includes literacy practice option too!

♦ Useful activity suggestions make lesson planning easy, and give you lots of ideas for different ways to play. 



The Smartest Giant in Town Bingo board games and craft cover. Practise clothes vocabulary. Practise story language. Includes 8 x small and 8 x large boards + craft. Includes activity ideas. Have fun learning clothes with Smartest Giant Bingo boards and craft. They even get to make their very own games!

♦ A fantastic way to learn clothes vocabulary with maximimum engagement and interaction.

♦ An easy way to help your learners acquire complete phrases (not just words!)

♦ Includes activity ideas to help you plan quickly and efficiently.

♦ Extend the learning opportunities with the craft option. Your learners learn while creating their very own bingo boards.




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Not sure how many resources you need?

Of course it depends on your particular context, but I’d like to give you an idea of how I’ve used them across multiple levels, lessons and age groups. Below are a couple of sample 6 lesson maps with the resources.

In general I follow this sequence:

  1. Introduce the language and use activities to focus on understanding, i.e., the children have to listen and understand to complete the craft/game/worksheet.
  2. Revise the language and give the children the opportunity to produce the language.
  3. Practise the language in a freer way that lets the children experiment with the language.

3 to 5 years (also suitable for older children new to English)

Lesson 1: Flashcards and game cards (animal characters); Storytelling with book; Colouring sheets

Lesson 2: Jigsaw games and craft; Flashcards and game cards (clothes in story); Storytelling with Storytelling cards, video or book

Lesson 3: Line matching sheets; Storytelling cards; Flashcards and game cards (story clothes and animals); Bingo (Clothes in story)

Lesson 4: Flashcards and game cards; Bingo; Storytelling cards; Story slider craft and retelling

Lesson 5: Roleplay masks and puppets OR Clothes Sort; Small group card gams OR Bingo; Storytelling

Lesson 6: Board games (make and play together OR as a learning station activity) OR Song booklet; Dramatising the story with pictures roleplay masks or flashcards

6 to 11 years (also suitable for younger children with 2+ years of English)

Lesson 1: Jigsaws + craft (use as game, then craft); Flashcards and game cards (clothes); Storytelling with book

Lesson 2: Clothes sort sheets; Flashcards and game cards; Storytelling with Storytelling cards, book or video

Lesson 3: Bingo and craft; Storytelling cards; Story slider craft

Lesson 4: Flashcards and game cards (small groups); Clothes Flipbooks; Storytelling with Storytelling cards, flashcards, book or video

Lesson 5: Board games and craft; Games with Clothes flipbooks or Bingo

Lesson 6: Learning stations with game cards, bingo, board games, jigsaws and crafts used + Write and draw templates

What’s more, each resource includes different templates so you can differentiate for different levels or repeat the story across year groups but using different templates.

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Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course! Maybe you have the time and enjoy creating things, but it has to be said that being a young learner teacher can involve a HUGE amount of extra work making materials. Give yourself a break!

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! There are a range of templates to choose from within each resource so it’s super-easy to differentiate. The included Activity Suggestions will also give you ideas about how you can conduct the activity so each child can work (play!) to their full potential.

Definitely! (You knew I would say that!) No, but seriously speaking, I started making these resources for just one class but I’ve now used them several times over. I’ve even used them with the same groups in subsequent years, because the different templates allow me to vary the activity and language focus.

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