3 Activities to do with The Hairy Toe by Daniel Postgate


This book is about an old woman who finds a hairy toe – and soon wishes she hadn’t – especially when its owner comes looking for it…It is a great story as it is left open ended and allows you to do many post reading activities. Here are three activities that we love to do.






Activity 1: Come up with different endings. 

As the story is left open ended, children can think about what could have happened after the monster finds the woman with its hairy toe. Here are some examples:

  • Happy ending- e.g. The monster was very happy that the lady found his toe.
  • Surprise ending- e.g. The monster takes the toe from the old lady and realises that it is not his toe.
  • Scacry/ Tragic ending- e.g. The monster eats the old woman.


Activity 2: Bake some hairy toes.

Make hairy toe cookies, work on writing the recipe and enjoy eating the toes afterwards! Here is a recipe. However, if your child is on a special diet you can try different variations to the recipe.

     Hairy Toe Cookies

1 cup butter ¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup powdered sugar ½ cup finely chopped almonds
¾ teaspoon almond extract flaked coconut for hair
1 ¾ cups flour whole cashews for toenails
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa


Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
Cream butter, sugar, and almond extract.
Blend in flour, cocoa, salt, and nuts.
Form teaspoonfuls of dough into toe shape.
Sprinkle on coconut for hair.
Press whole cashew into tip for toenail.
Bake 12-15 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets.
Let sit for a minute before transferring to a wire rack to cool.


Activity 3: Treasure Hunt 

Have your child draw a hairy toe. Take turns hiding the hairy toe and finding the toe by finding clues that have been placed around the area.