Collins Big Cat: The Farmer's Big Lunch Story Creator

Developed by:Harper Collins Publishers


Ages 2-4

Where’s my sandwich? Where’s my banana? The poor farmer has lost his lunch, but where has it gone? Explore the farmyard to help the farmer find his lunch and discover if the farm animals have a surprise in store for him. This story has a predictable structure and patterned language to help early readers. (iTunes)

Get Ready

Prepare to use this app by using the following activity:

Losing Something is No Fun!

Talk to your child about a time they lost, or misplaced something.  Did they ever find it?  If so, how?  What did they do to find it?  Or, who helped them to solve the mystery?  This discussion will help them make connections to the interactive story app.

Dive In

Help your child get the most out this app experience by trying any of the following activities:

Find a Comfy Spot & Read: Building Literacy Skills!  

Emergent Reader:

This is the earliest stage of reading. During this stage, children will rely on pictures and illustrations to gather information about the story.  Help readers in this stage by choosing the “Read Myself” option on the app and ask them questions during reading such as: What do you see on this page? What is happening?  Remind your kiddo what the title of the story is; this will help them to answer these questions and stick to the story topic.  

Your child can also choose the “Read to Me” option after attempting to read the story by themselves.  Compare their version to the app version by mentioning things that were the same or different in their own version of the story. 

Branch Out

Extend your child’s learning by using any of the following activities:

Create your very own Farmer’s Lunch Story!

Help your child create their very own version of the Farmer’s Lunch Story by selecting a scene of their choice, an object for the farmer to misplace, characters to include in the story, and any text.  To help them think of text, they can follow the original story version by simply saying “Where’s my (insert object)?”  Or, they can certainly change things up and include whatever text they’d like!  


What are Characters?  What is a Setting?  

While your child creates their very own story version, talk to them about what characters are - the people (or animals) a story is about.  Teach them what a setting is while they choose their story scene.  The setting is where a story takes place.  Go through some of their favorite books and ask them who the characters are and what the settings are, too.  These are two of the most important components of any fiction story!