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The Tiger Who Came To Tea


Sophie and her Mummy are having tea in the kitchen when in walks a hungry tiger who asks to stay to tea. After eating everything, he moves on to Daddy's supper and for good measure also cleans out the fridge and drinks all the water from the tap.


When Daddy gets home he decides they should all have supper out and the next day Sophie and Mummy buy an extra big tin of tiger food - just in case the tiger comes back!


The Tiger Who Came to Tea


Activity #1: Shopping list

Create a shopping list showing all the things that Sophie’s family needed to buy to replace the things that the tiger ate. Your child can draw pictures to represent the items in the shopping list.






Activity #2 Tea party

The tiger wants to go to your house for a tea party. You can invite more guests like your dolls and other toys. Or perhaps, you might like to pretend to be the tiger and wear a tiger mask (a mask craft activity is available here on the class page).


What food and drink will you make for the tiger? Set up your dining table for the tea party. If you don’t have a toy tea set or a picnic set you could use paper cups and plates.


You could make buns or small cakes for the tea party. Cooking together provides a great opportunity for maths and science learning – by weighing ingredients and talking about what happens as you mix ingredients and bake your cakes.


Finally, share your photos once you have finished setting up.  



Activity #3: Learn about tigers

Tiger 🐯 | Amazing Animals



Tigers are the largest wild cats in the world.

Adults can weigh up to 363kg (that’s about the same as ten ten year olds!) and measure up to 3.3m!


Tigers are carnivores, eating only meat.

They mainly feed on large mammals such as deer, wild pigs, antelope and buffalo.


Tigers are solitary hunters, and generally search for food alone at night.

They quietly stalk their prey until they are close enough to pounce – then they kill their victim with a bite to the neck or back of the head. Ouch!


Tigers are good swimmers!

Unlike most members of the cat family, they like water and often cool off in pools or streams.


A tiger’s roar can be heard as far as three kilometres away.

SO when they want to be heard, you’ll know about it, gang!


At full speed, tigers can reach up to 65km/h.

That’s right – they may be big and heavy, but tigers are by no means slow movers!


These fierce felines have walked the earth for a long time.

Fossil remains of tigers found in parts of China are believed to be 2 million years old. Yikes!


No two tigers have the same stripes.

Since every tiger has their own pattern on their fur, they are all unique!


Today, there are five subspecies of tiger.

These subspecies are the Bengal tiger, South China tiger, Indochinese tiger, Sumatran tiger and Siberian tiger. Sadly, three subspecies of tiger have become extinct – the Caspian, Bali and Javan.



Less than 100 years ago, tigers could be found throughout Asia.

Sadly, hunting and habitat loss have put populations at risk, and today their range has been reduced to around 7% of its former size. That’s why we need to do all we can to protect these beautiful beasts!





#1 Make a paper tiger

For this paper tiger craft you will need:

  • orange card
  • orange and black pipe cleaners
  • black pen
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • paper tiger template (download from the link below)

Print your tiger template (you can print one from the list of materials above) and cut it out with your scissors. Then, lay the template on the orange card and draw around it with a pencil. Cut out your tiger shape

and then fold it in half so that it stands up on its own.


Next, you can add some features to your tiger. You could cut black stripes out and get your child to help stick or draw on the features and stripes with a black marker pen.


Take your orange and black pipe cleaners and hold them together at one end. Then start twisting them together. When you are happy with the way you have combined the two colours put sticky tape over the ends to cover up any sharp edges. Then stick one end of your pipe cleaner tail to the back of your paper tiger.




#2 Learn about what different animals eat

Do you eat like a horse? Or more like a bird? As you might expect, different animals eat different things. Some animals specialise in eating one particularly rich food source, while others eat whatever they can find. Watch the video below to see the diversity of feeding habits among some of the world’s creatures.

What do animals eat?

Still image for this video


#3 Play an animal food game

Check if you are an animal food expert by playing the game below. Can you match the animal to the food they eat? Simply drag the right food to the box next to each animal. 


Click on the image to play the game


#4 Draw stripes on the tiger

Download the activity sheet below and ask your child to draw stripes on the tiger based on the instructions given.


#5 Colour in or join the dots

Download the colouring and dot-to-dot activity sheets below to encourage your child to practise their pencil control.