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Activities: Lesson 3

My favourite things...

Explain that in this session we are going to learn about possessions. Brainstorm this word and ensure that the children understand what a possession is.

Bring in one of your one treasured possessions and talk about it. Explain why it is important to you. What do the children think you like about it and how would you feel if someone else took it?
Brainstorm what the children already know about this and get them to talk about what things they love and cherish. What have their animals got that is only for their use? Do the children realize why they have to have different toys to their pets?

Y2 Brainstorming session_st_en from Blue Dog on Vimeo.

Blue's favourite things...

Read the three teddy bear stories over the week and discuss what has happened. Re in act the stories with the children taking on the character roles. Photograph the children in role and use hot seating activities for children to explain why the dog reacted as they did.

Use Blue puppet and costume in smaller groups with adult support to elicit greater understanding and more information from the children. Talk to the children about what these stories tell us about dogs and their possessions.

  • What should they do when a dog takes one of their possessions?
  • Do they recognize that a dog may have very treasured toys?
  • Can they explain why a dog shouldn’t be allowed to use these toys all the time (over possessiveness, obsessions etc)
  • Can they explain why it is a good thing to have separate dog and child toys?
  • When should they leave their dog alone – when eating / playing / chewing / sleeping
  • Why can chasing their dog be a problem?
  • Why do dogs need a safe resting place?
  • Do the children know that they should not be disturbed?

During the week collect photos and drawings of the children with their favourite things. Display these along with any clip art or photos of dogs with their favourite things. Add emotion words and speech bubbles e.g. My favourite thing is …… because….’ You could make a class book of ‘Our Favourite Things’
See JM for photos of dog if required to add to collection, e.g., favourite place and favourite thing for a dog!


  • What have we learnt about the word ‘possession?’
  • What can humans do to make sure that a dog knows what they may play with and where?


Go to the toolbox card games

The cards can be used for a diamond nine game: http://classtools.net/education-games-php/diamond9

Child’s most / least favorite toy /food
What about the other children – do they all have the same favorite things?




  • Blue’s most / least favorite toy/food

What about other dogs – do they have the same favorite things?
How do children feel when someone took their favorite toy?
How does it make Blue feel?


Do the children understand that humans can influence and cause a change in dog’s behaviour?
Can they explain dog interactions in relation to possessions and how humans can help the animal e.g. to know that they have special times and places to rest and to play with their own toys?


Lesson notes for evaluation of project / evidence / resource list


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In this lesson you will learn

To understand how humans can influence and cause a change in dog’s behaviour.

Part 3 Learning to understand dog and child interactions related to possessions


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