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The Giant’s Causeway


The Giant’s Causeway

What to do with this activity?

The Giant's Causeway in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, is one of the wonders of the world. You can find the scientific explanation for its amazing six-sided rocks here

Before science could explain how it came to be, our ancestors made up the fantastic legend of Finn MacCool. It's a great story of two giants and a clever wife. Read the legend here - it has an audio track if your child needs some help. If you want a rather dramatic video telling of the legend click here


  • Why am I doing this?

    Reading is like a muscle – the more your child practises it the stronger their ability to read becomes. Reading with your child, encouraging them and giving them space to read makes reading part of their everyday lives.

  • How can I do more?

    Talk to your child about which books they liked and what they think would be good to read next. Look out for other activities for your child’s age group in your local library.
    Use magazines and newspapers for ideas, words and facts. Use the pictures as well as the words. Show your child different types of books - storybooks but also poetry and factual books for children, for example on nature, animals or insects. Encourage your child’s interest in reading about topics they enjoy, for example animals, music and football. Enjoying reading is the most important thing. 

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