All About Hairy Maclary Activity Time

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All About Hairy Maclary Lynley Dodd

Meet mischievous Hairy Maclary and his rollicking gang in this delightful shaped board book for babies.

Sleep tight, Hairy Maclary!

You will need: 

• You and your baby 

• Template 

• Scissors 

• Tape or glue 

• Ribbon or string.


1. Carefully cut out each of the Hairy Maclary dogs from the template

2. Glue or tape the dogs together

3. Secure each dog to some ribbon or string

4. Hang the mobile above your baby

5. You can use the mobile to make up your own bedtime story about Hairy Maclary and his adventures. Where did Hairy Maclary go today? What mischief did he get up to? Who did he meet along the way?

6. Sing a lullaby to your baby as you watch the mobile together such as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

Further information 

Research shows that in their first few months babies can only see clearly for a short distance. Babies respond enthusiastically to high contrast geometric shapes, typically black and white images and bold red images. Introducing babies to books or images like this mobile with high contrast black and white patterns, shapes and objects allows them to focus more easily on the images in front of them.

Babies also need lots of one-on-one interactions with caring adults to help support healthy brain development. Sharing stories and singing songs are two perfect activities you can share with your baby. Sing songs in the car, at the park, in the bath, during nappy change or at bedtime. Babies and young children respond well to routine and by singing songs over and over it won’t be long before they are joining in! 


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Open Shut Them, B-I-N-G-O.

Key message The First Five Years Matter and Last a Lifetime.


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