Story Starter 13 – The Best Football Match Ever!

This week’s writing prompt will hopefully encourage some boys or any football fanatics who are reluctant writers to have a go.

Here is a graphic to print out and stick in a book to start writing the story.


The best football match ever









Hear authors Natasha and Tonya with  this week’s story starter

Some questions to get your story started.

Who was playing? Remember they don’t have to real people.

Did anything magic happen?

Who won and how?

What did they win?


Here is some interesting vocabulary you could use.

  1. fetch
  2. player
  3. play
  4. magic
  5. ball
  6. one
  7. won
  8. touch
  9. dribble
  10. missed
  11. mist
  12. substitute
  13. sacrifice
  14. professional
  15. amateur
  16. competition

Surfing Diorama

surfing activity 2Malu kangarooI’m sure if I was to ask you where surfing started you would say Australia. Well is according to this week’s story Malu Kangaroo by Judith Moorcroft. This is a lovelly illustrated book with artwork inspired by aboriginal art by Bronwyn Bancroft. In the story Malu Kangaroo makes the first surf board and teaches the children how to ride the waves. So we dug out our baggies and made this surfing diorama.


To make the diorama

  1.  Take the lid of a box. I used lids from our key stage one creative storytelling kits but a shoe box lid would also work. On one of the long edges cut out  section to poke the surfers into.
  2. Paint the inside of the box.
  3. To make the sea we took a piece of blue sugar paper that was long enough to go across the front of the lid and wrap around the sides. We then drew waves by practicing our letter cs this was a good pencil control exercise.Writing excerciseWe then cut theses out and stuck them to the box.
  4. Now for the surfers I had printed this surfing template for the children to decorate and we stuck the finished surfers onto craft sticks.

We then used our surfers to interact with the story riding the waves.surfing activity

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 – 17th September 2014 – Swimming in a box


Both of the our stories this week are about learning to swim with grandparents. The children in both the stories are nervous about learning to swim but granparents have unconventional ways of putting them at ease. We started with Harry and the Dionsaurs make a Splash by Ian Whybrow and continued with Lollipop and Grandpa Go Swimming. The kids loved both stories and we were soon discussing learning to swim.

Harry and the Dinosaurs make a splashLollipop and Grandpa go swimming






After stories we made our own swimming poll and swimmers.

How to make a swimming pool in a box

  1. Cut the flaps of one side of a box, saving them for later.
  2. Cut four slit in one end of the box roughly 5cm long.
  3. Paint the box light blue and allow to dry. I did these first three steps before the session as we don’t have long.
  4. Cut up strips of blue tissue paper and place in the bottom of the box to represent waves. I used two different blue papers.
  5. Get the children to decorate swimmers and cut them out. We used a download from Activity Village which you can find here.
  6. Cut the flaps from earlier into strips about 4cm wide.
  7. Stick the swimer to the cardboard strip and push them through the holes.

These were great for having swimming races.