Discovery Challenge

Some children come to reading fluency later than others. Pandas and Flyers have proved successful, both in motivating children to read and in teaching literacy skills, particularly to children in the Senior end of Primary school. They are useful for children of all ages in receipt of Resource and Learning Support teaching.

Discovery Challenge provides specialised activity sheets based on these books. The sheets are fun and challenging, and encourage independent research by children.

Developed by primary school resource teachers.

'Children deserve, need and should have access to, real books that support them on their way to becoming able and independent readers. Some of the best of such books are to be found in the O'Brien Panda and Flyer books.'
Finian O'Shea, Lecturer in Education, Church of Ireland College of Education, Dublin

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Muckeen the Pig

Written by and Illustrated by Fergus Lyons

Muckeen loves being dirty and muddy. And he loves his food. But when he is taken to market Muckeen does not like it at all! Still, Muckeen is a smart pig too and he finds a way out!
Panda 1

Discovery Challenge: make your own Muckeen, and explore the world of pigs!

Don't Open that Box

Belzoni the cat and Greta the chicken try to get to grips with a hungry crocodile that has just eaten Granny.
Flyer 8

Discovery Challenge: Wonderful ideas exploring the world of newspapers, greek myth and crocodile construction!

Ed's Bed

Written by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Ed Cooper's life is never dull. He has started to wet his bed and he can't learn his time-tables.
Flyer 7

Discover Challenge based on Ed's Bed: make your own wordsearch.

Ed's Funny Feet

Written by Eoin Colfer, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Ed Cooper has a problem with his big toes. Even his DIY foot-straighteners don't work and he has to wear very uncool 'correction shoes'.
Flyer 4

Discovery Challenge: find out all about feet and shoes

Jigsaw Stew

Jack MacAnoolie tries to save his family when they eat stew made from a jigsaw!
Flyer 6

Discovery Challenge: how to make your own jigsaw.

Mad Grandad and the Flying Saucer

Written by and By (artist) Oisín McGann

Lenny and Mad Grandad take their new flying saucer for its first flight. Getting into space is easy: getting home alive might be harder!

Discovery Challenge: make a collage and more!

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