This story - which features a huge sand sculpture of an elephant - will help to develop your child’s language and literacy skills, especially their listening skills. Watching it together is a great way of encouraging your child to enjoy the whole process of storytelling. The activity is also a fun, interactive way for your child to become more aware of cultural festivals and celebrations.
How to extend the magic
Explain that Wesak is the most important of the Buddhist festivals and celebrates the Buddha's birthday. Buddhists will often visit their local temple where they make offerings of flowers and candles. You can learn more about Wesak by visiting the Watch & Listen area of the CBeebies website. Click on ‘Preparing for Wesak' to find out how one girl gets ready for the festival by helping to make some colourful flags and lanterns.