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Highway Rat Activity Trail sheets for kids to enjoy in the forest
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29 January 2019
Download and print our family-friendly activitysheets, for a day of fun in the forest or at home!

Sign up to get your hands on our Highway Rat downloadable activitysheets for children. Filled with exciting activities and craft ideas for the family to enjoy - download yours now.

Inside you'll find the following craft ideas and tips:

Make a hobby horse to ride through the forest like The Highway RatMake The Highway Rat's hatThe Highway Rat colouring sheet

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The Highway Rat © 2011 Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

Download and print our family-friendly activitysheets, for a day of fun in the forest or at home! Download and print our family-friendly activity sheets, for a day of fun in the forest or at home!
Zog Activity Sheets - No.1
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25 January 2019
Download your free Zog family activitysheetsZog downloadable activitysheets

Download our free children's activitysheets for some dragon fun at home before you visit! Inside you'll find...

Year 1: How to make your own set of dragon wings, how high can you fly and Zog colouring activityYear 2: Learning to roar and identifying forest sounds Year 3: Breathe fire like Zog with a forest activity and a home craft projectYear 4: Play a game of capture a princess and fun word search

We'll be releasing new activity downloads every couple of months throughout the year, and if you download all four dragon school lessons you'll be entered into a draw for a chance to win a Zog goodie bag!

For more information about the giveaway as well as terms and conditions. Visit our Zog Giveaway page.

Zog © 2010 & TM Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Licensed by Magic Light Pictures Ltd.

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From making the perfect decorations to spruce up your spruce, to getting arty with leaves collected from the forest floor, download these craft ideas to make this Christmas the best yet!

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