Jack and the Beanstalk featuring The Big Friendly Giant

revolting-rhymesInspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes my year 2 group this week created an alternative version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Creating stories on the fly is not something I have done with this group before, we we started the session by making the characters of the story they did know.

For the character templates please see our traditional tales blog on Jack and the Beanstalk. Continue reading

Jack and the Beanstalk

jack-and-the-beanstalk-activity-2This perennial favourite traditional tale that needed no introduction from me. We got straight on with making the characters.

You can download the character templates here.

I went to my local fabric shop Continue reading

Mermaid stories and activities – learning to swim

We continue our ‘Under the Sea’ theme this week with mermaids. Children are always fascinated by mermaids, are they real, are they not?

Mermaid 2Michael Morpurgo Mairis mermaidI’ve used this week’s mermaid activity for a number of mermaid stories. This week’s story is Michael Morpurgo’s Mairi’s Mermaid. Continue reading

Craft Diary – Cinderella

This week sees the start of a series of sessions I am going to be doing on fairy stories. I have a year two group this half term so I thought it would be good for them to see what fairy stories are and the common themes used in them. So we start with a classic Cinderella.





All the fairy tale stories I’m using are taken from the Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales.

Illustrated fairy tales




To make the puppets.

I created a dress template and a suit template for the boys and girls which I adapted from our Early Years Create and Show puppets.

Boy puppet

Girl puppet

We decorate the clothing by drawing round the templates onto fabric and then sticking them on.

Next we stuck the clothing to wooden spoons and then decorated the head of the spoons to with wool for hair.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time this week to us one of our puppet theatres to go through the story.