The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick Activities

The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick activities can be used in your classroom or at home for children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. 

It’s perfect for distance learning instruction, and helpful for teachers and parents, too. A video lesson and free printables are included. All of it together is also perfect for celebrating Read Across America Day. And if you’d like to find additional lesson plans for K-1 like this one, be sure to check out and download my free reading activities for picture books!

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Video ELA Lesson

If you are teaching online or simply need a substitute plan, here is an entire lesson I recorded on video using the story, The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick! It shows how I use the printable activities I list below. Enjoy!

The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick

If you love The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors or The Day the Crayons Quit, you will LOVE The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick by Drew Daywalt. This story – told entirely in diary entries – tells the tale of two (kind of) friends, Huggie and Stick. They journey across the globe after falling out of their owner’s backpack. Together, they endure misadventure after misadventure, until ultimately returning to their owner.

Supplies You’ll Need for these Activities

Point of view definition posters for K - 5 classrooms.

Point of View Activity

Before reading, use my printable definition posters to teach your students about the point of view of a story. Hang the posters up where your kids can reference them as you discuss the story and complete the activity.

In this book, Huggie and Stick interpret their adventure very differently. Huggie’s pessimistic perspective is a stark contrast to Stick’s eternal optimism. Children will love their hilarious diary entries and how different the characters’ points of view are.

K - 5 point of view and retelling worksheet to accompany the book, The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick.

After reading the story, students can pretend that they joined the duo on their adventures. Then, they can write from their personal point of view. In the picture below, I share some questions you can ask to help guide their writing.

Free, printable definition posters for what it means to retell a story.

Retelling Activity

Alternatively, students can retell the story from the point of view of the character of their choice.

Once again, begin by teaching your students ahead of time what it means to retell a story. Use my printable definition posters as visual reminders for your students.

Afterward, have your kiddos use my activity sheet to retell the story.

K - 5 point of view and retelling worksheet to accompany the book, The Epic Adventures of Huggie & Stick.
Printable activity for K-5 to help teach character traits using the book, The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick.

Teaching About Character Traits

Another skill to incorporate into a lesson using this book is identifying character traits. Because Huggie and Stick are so different from one another, students will easily be able to distinguish their contrasting personalities and traits.

This activity includes a directed draw of Huggie. It’s crazy fun. Just keep reading or scroll down to watch the video on how to draw his character.

Writing activity for use with the book, The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick.

Extending the Lesson

To extend this lesson, students can choose one of two ‘backpacks’ to create.

  • Option One: Choose 2 items you would take with you on an epic adventure; draw them; explain why you chose them
  • Option Two: Tell what you think happens after the story ends (the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger!)
Backpack paper craft to go with the book, The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick.
Draw Huggie with this directed drawing activity to pair with the book, The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick.

Directed Drawing

I love incorporating art into lessons. It’s great for SO many reasons:

  • Initiates creativity
  • Fine motor development
  • Relaxation and enjoyment in the process
  • Encourages following directions and listening
  • Aids hand-eye coordination
  • Fine tunes visual-spatial acuity

You can use this directed drawing tied into any of the activities shared above or just do it for the sake of drawing. Either option is fine 🙂 I’ve included a video tutorial for how to draw Huggie. My seven-year-old niece demo’d it for me, and did such an amazing job!

Click to watch the video tutorial below OR view it on Youtube HERE!

I hope this post was helpful in sharing The Epic Adventures of Huggie and Stick activities! If you do something at home or in your classroom, I’d love to see! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @babblingabby!

Other Video Lessons

I’ve had the privilege of sharing two other ELA lessons live! Click either of the graphics below to see these video lessons and download the free resources!

Tune in for a video lesson use at home or with your students during this time of distance learning. Abby uses The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex to teach about problem and solution. She shares several free printable that you can download directly from her site. Useful for grades kindergarten, first grade, second grade, third grade, fourth grade, and fifth grade. #kindergarten #preschool #distancelearning #NTI #homeschool #freeprintables #reading #readloud #videolesson #free #printables #babblingabby
This post shares a Potato Pants lesson plan to use with the book by Laurie Keller. It includes free printables for teaching lesson and summarizing. Additionally, there is a video lesson included where Abby reads the book aloud to students and interacts with them virtually. #kindergarten #preschool #first grade #second grade #homeschool #freeprintables #freeprintables #babblingabby

Download the Free Printables

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Abby is a former kindergarten and first grade teacher who channels her passion for education into creating engaging activities and resources for the kindergarten and first grade classroom. When not dreaming up or working on her next project, you’ll find her enjoying her family – most likely in her minivan on the way to a soccer field.


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