Joyce Lankester Brisley - Further Doings of Milly-Molly-Mandy

Milly-Molly-Mandy lives in a tiny village in the heart of the countryside, where life is full of everyday adventures! Join the little girl in the candy-striped dress as she has a tea-party, looks after a baby hedgehog and helps to thatch a roof.

Explore themes of family and friendship in this delightful Key Stage 1 English Reading Book.

Genre: nature, animals, fun

Themes: short stories, adventure, skills, family, friendship, animals

Age: 5-7 years old

Further doings of Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley book cover


  1. World Hedgehog Day: Milly-Molly-Mandy takes care of a baby hedgehog in the second story. Ask pupils to create an information poster, or leaflet on how to take care of a hedgehog. What do they eat? What can’t they eat? What sort of nest/bed do they need? How can we keep hedgehogs safe in our gardens? (CC: ICT)
  2. World Hedgehog Day: Design a Hedgehog superhero. Research or think about the characteristics of a Hedgehog and how this could inspire a Hedgehog based superhero. What powers does your Hedgehog have? Does he have a super hero outfit? What does your Hedgehog do to help people or other animals? (CC: Art)
  3. Milly-Molly-Mandy goes on a lot of adventures in her stories! Using the Storyboard activity on a story of the classes/your choice, in the first column ask pupils to recall the main parts of the story into 5 main parts. Then as a class use the second column to think of a class adaptation of the story – what will they change and why? The third column can be used for a pair or individual adaptation of the story. How can they use their imagination to create their own similar adventure for Milly-Molly-Mandy? (Use ‘Storyboard activity’ resource)
  4. Milly-Molly-Mandy builds a lot of different things! She makes a tent, a garden, builds a roof and a bed for her hedgehog! Using inspiration from one of these stories can pupils build their own roof, tent/den or hedgehog nest? This could be a fun activity, or be turned into a competition such as ‘can you build a weatherproof roof’, ‘can you build a den to hold three people?’, ‘Can you make a nest that holds ‘x’ amount of animals/eggs?’ (CC:STEM)
  5. Milly-Molly-Mandy is always learning new skills. Pupils can be set a task to learn a new skill within a set time. “Can you make an origami animal? (lots of youtube activities)”, “Can you learn to juggle/throw and catch?”, “Can you learn a new football trick?”, “Can you learn a new dance?”, “Can you learn the alphabet backwards?” the list goes on! Pupils can then perform a talent show of all their new skills! (CC: Drama)

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