Ug, Bug, and Dug

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

For the cave people of the Oogadugga Oogadugga Oogadugga clan, Stone Age life is comfortable—while the fire keeps going. The fire going out would be a disaster, as none of them know how to make it. But when it's Dug's turn to stay up overnight, he's a little more interested in painting than feeding the fire...

Your young learners will love finding out what happens next in this brand new story, shared with us by Andy Lawrence from Theatre of Widdershins!


Once they've watched this telling of the story, let them watch the enhanced version below to compare them – and see how many new words they can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

Enhanced telling

Andy made up the story of Ug, Bug, and Dug himself—but he was inspired by many, many stories from folk lore. There are loads of stories about three brothers that have inspired some of the world's best storytellers—here, Chip tells one which inspired someone else your young learners may have heard of...


After they've enjoyed this story, see how many of the words below your young learners now understand without needing a dictionary. Perhaps then encourage them to try using these words in their writing for their grown-ups and teachers—or even in the Epic Challenge below...!

"quick wit"
"catch 22"
This story's Epic Challenge!

In this Epic Challenge, we ask your young learners to make their own cave person. Share this video with your children for some ideas to get them started, then send their creations to us for their chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Epic Challenges, and more!


In this week's "Sharing Shpecial", a "cave painting" sent in by one of the young learners in our #EpicStoryCircle earned the chance for Andy to share the ending of "Ug, Bug, and Dug" for everyone.

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story – available from 4pm on Monday 22nd June.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with easy and fun ways to explore those links with your children. Available from 4pm on Monday 22nd June.

Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

You can now visit our archive of past stories, or have another listen to this week's story.

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