Are you reading Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks with your homeschooler? Then have I got the resource for you today! It’s a FREE Unit Study centered around the book. Find links to free printables, free educational videos, worksheets, lesson plans and more.

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Imaginations abound in this simple story about a boy and his toy indian. Reading this tale alongside your 8 to 11-year-old will inspire imaginative play, questions of curiosity and even a quick lesson in culture. Amazon describes this tale in the following manner:

Full of magic and appealing characters, this classic novel takes readers on a remarkable adventure. It’s Omri’s birthday, but all he gets from his best friend, Patrick, is a little plastic Indian brave. Trying to hide his disappointment, Omri puts the Indian in a metal cupboard and locks the door with a mysterious skeleton key that once belonged to his great-grandmother. Little does Omri know that by turning the key, he will transform his ordinary plastic Indian into a real live man from an altogether different time and place! Omri and the tiny warrior called Little Bear could hardly be more different, yet soon the two forge a very special friendship. Will Omri be able to keep Little Bear without anyone finding out and taking his precious Indian from him?


As you can plainly see there is adventure in store and a whole slew of topics that can be explored in this literary unit…read on for the good, free resources!

A review of the book for parents (so we know the content ahead of time)

(please note the review of the movie as it does contain a few unfortunate swear words, better to know this than to be surprised while viewing)

Start out with a list of vocabulary words complete with pronunciation buttons

Then move along to a list of characters with a few study questions

It is always a good idea to learn about the author


Snacks and Videos

Then snuggle down and prepare some snacks for your reading time

Don’t have time to read a chapter?  Have your child watch/listen on youtube


One of the really cool aspects about a book that has different cultures in it is the opportunity to learn about those cultures.

The character of Little Bear was from the Iroquois tribe…learn more here and here.

You can even watch an Indian war dance here.

When your kids want to get busy working on a project here is a free lapbook about what it would have been like to live with the Iroquois

Then pull out your inner artist… and make a diorama by watching a video here or learning about shoebox dioramas here.

Better yet, do some ornate coloring with these free coloring printouts.


Indian in the Cupboard is fantastic, especially for boys with an active imagination.  Read some parts aloud, share some of the fantastic free homeschool resources above with your student and enjoy this learning adventure you are on!