Lynley Dodd Exhibition | PLUS Lesson Plans

Yesterday Miss M and travelled by train to the city to meet a lovely colleague of mine. We visited the Lynley Dodd exhibition at the SA State Library in preparation for our school excursion next term. It's a beautiful representation of New Zealand author Lynley Dodd's early art work of the character development from this well loved classic. Young children are encouraged to slow down, stop and take a closer look at the illustrations. Activity packs are assigned for school group visits (and activity books are available to all from the Hairy Maclary shop where books, games and fridge magnets are also available for purchase). The education officers have set up an introduction video for children to watch, giving them some more information and guidance when looking through the exhibition. Various Lynley Dodd books are scattered around, and there's even a few bean bags to sit comfortably and share a story.

Here's the website if you're after more info. It's still on until the 4th of June so if you have a little Hairy Maclary fan it's worth your while going!

Lynley Dodd's books have a beautiful 'sing song' rhyme about them and are simply a delight to listen to (and read for that matter). She's written 32 books! Many more than just the Hairy Maclary series, some of which you may not have heard of. Here's a link to my previous post, where I talked about our Lynley Dodd author study from last year.

I thought today I'd also share a few worksheet resources that I made to support this author study. Please let me know in the comments if you'd like me to email you a copy of the set :)

The Nickle Nackle Tree

Hairy Maclary and Zachary Quack

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy

Simpler version of this worksheet is available on request

The Smallest Turtle
(my personal childhood favourite)

Simpler version of this worksheet is available on request

Well we're half way through school holidays here in SA. Hope the SA teacher's are enjoying them!



  1. Oh fabulous! Wish I had heard this was on earlier, as I would have taken all our children in over the school holidays. At the least I think we'll definitely take our younger two - who are huge Hairy Macleary fans.
    Thanks for joining me with #TIK

  2. Hi Lauren, I would love a copy of the Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy activity please. I am a grade 2 teacher and am doing this as a big book activity next week. Thanks, Julie

  3. Hi! Is it possible to have the Hairy Maclary sheets emailed to me? For Prep and Year 1 students. Thanks heaps!

  4. Please may i have a copy of the set for my year 2 class?

  5. Hello
    I'd like a set of the resources a well please :)
    mrsblakey AT

  6. HI could I please have a copy of the set? Thanks

    1. is the email. Thank you. My daughter just loves the Lynley Dodd books!

  7. This resource is fantastic. I am a teacher in Scotland and my primary 2s (5&6 year olds) are doing this as their topic. I would love a copy of these resources.
    Kind regards

  8. is my email please


  9. I would love a copy. The exhibition has finally made it to our little rural city in NSW and opens next month :)


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