100 Tiny Things


A hungry caterpillar

  • What has happened here?
  • Is the caterpillar alone? Are there more?
  • Do you think the caterpillar will eat more of the leaf?



Beware: Dragons

  • What is happening here?
  • Does this cave belong to one dragon? Is it the dragon whose tail we can see?
  • Draw/describe the inside of the cave. What do you imagine the inside looks/smells/sounds like?
  • Write an explorer’s diary entry following the discovery of this cave.



Zeus, Sweet Zeus

  • What can Zeus see from his candy floss cloud?
  • Why is he holding lightning bolts?
  • What powers does he have?
  • Who believed in Zeus?
  • Find out more about Zeus and the other Greek gods.



The Tree of Life

  • What type of tree is this?
  • Where can it be found?
  • Who put the tiny tyre swing on this tree? Who uses it?
  • Write from the perspective of the tree. How long has it been here? What changes has it seen?



Deep Blue

  • What is happening here?
  • How would you describe the pool? Consider the shape, the colour and the way light reflects off the ‘water’. Try using the colour thesaurus for more ideas.
  • Describe the water using a simile (‘like’ or ‘… as …’). Try not to go for the obvious choices!


Images are from the ‘100 tiny things’ series by Desirée De León.
You can find more of the pictures here: www.instagram.com/dcossyle and here: 100daysoftinythings.bigcartel.com.


School/key stage challenge: write 100 tiny stories (make miniature books, hide stories inside matchboxes or tiny bottles, or have a word limit). Create a big display of your little stories! 



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