Angus the Irritable Bull


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Developed by:Watermark Ltd

 


Overview

Ages 3-5

Meet Angus - he's a bit grumpy and gets a little too e-'moo'-tional. If he's not hassling the heifers, frowning at the farmer or fuming at the fowls, he's stomping on innocent daisies! Follow the story of Angus the Irritable Bull in this 'udder'ly' fantastic state-of-the-art interactive experience. This storybook app is a delightful adaptation of an ancient folktale about friendship for a modern audience. With artwork from the award-winning artist Daron Parton and hilarious narration by Helena McAlpine, the book app has plenty for the young and old to enjoy. (iTunes/Zoobean)


Get Ready

Prepare to use the app by introducing one of these activities.

Story Theme: Feelings, Emotions and Our Body Language

This story of a very cranky, or irritable, bull is a good opportunity to talk how body language can convey our feelings or emotions. Starting with the feeling of being cranky, how do we show this emotion? Furrowed brow, lips pressed tight together, eyes down or off to the side, these are just some ways to show what being cranky looks like. Try out other emotions/feelings and have your child show you the body language associated with each. Some examples are: excited, nervous, confused, etc.


Dive In

Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.

Introduction to Adjective

Adjective: a word that describes a noun or a pronoun (Merriam Webster)

This story is filled with many adjectives to describe the bull’s feeling irritable. Have your child pick out the adjective on each of the pages (Hint: most end with -ffy)

 

Reading Comprehension

Ask your child the following questions as you read through the story.

How did the farmer and the farm animals react to Angus? What did the bird do to change Angus’ mood from cranky to happy?


Branch Out

Extend the app experience with these real life activities.

My Facebook

This tale can teach children it is better to communicate our feelings through words than actions. To help your child connect emotions and feelings with the appropriate adjective, let’s create their very own “facebook”!

Start by taking pictures of your child expressing an emotion.

Some examples are:

  • happy
  • excited
  • sad
  • sick
  • angry
  • disappointed
  • confused
  • calm
  • tired/sleepy
  • scared
  • depressed
  • confident
  • playful
  • regretful, etc.

Add more emotions as you discover how we can describe our feelings through expressions on our face.

Print out photos and glue them onto heavy card stock, then help them write the emotion on the back or front. Hole punch each corner and bind them together with yarn, or binder rings. Now encourage your child to “display” the appropriate emotion they are feeling at the time.

 

My Feeling Mask

Glue each image to a paint stick and have your child put them in a bucket or container.

Encourage them to hold up the appropriate feeling on the stick over their face (as a mask). This will open up conversation about how they are feeling and what to communicate that emotion more effectively.

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