Tag Archive | Children’s literature

Pojo’s got himself another badge of honour!

Finalist logo copy                                                       pojohead and shoulders

We are absolutely delighted to say that our Pojo and the Chest of Dreams Create and Show kit was awarded three stars in the Early Years Excellence awards.

The judges said “The Pojo and the Chest of Dreams kit had a vast impact on children’s listening and attention skills. The children were able to interact with, and take part using the puppets, which is also good for social interaction and building confidence.”

It’s good to know our Pojo is such a little star!!

We were also delighted to see Little Livello was also a finalist in the maths category so it’s good to know that we’ve got a whole range of award winning resources.

To see the rest of the winners we’ve attached the awards special for you to have a read. Awards Special


The Snail and the Whale craft activity

Well we couldn’t go Under the Sea without this classic tale by Julia Donaldson now could we.

snail on the whale craft activityHow we made the snails

Continue reading

Craft Diary – Chicken Licken and The Sly Fox and the Little Red Hen

Well Chicken Licken almost started a riot in this week’s session. As we went through the story I gave each child a different character Henny Penny, Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey etc. But by the time we had a few swaps as to who was what I was totally confused, so it ended in a lot of laughs at my expense as I got the names wrong.

Then the feathers really started flying when we made our chickens

Chicken crafts for kidsHow to make the chickens 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.



Let’s hope fairytales get a happy ever after!

I’ve just read Richard Dawkins’ comments in the Daily Mail.

Sorry but I can’t agree with his view that telling children that Santa Clause doesn’t exist or that fairy tales can cause them more harm. Children have grown up with these fairy tales for generations and cause far less damage to a child than playing too many computer games can.

Children are smart and I think he underestimates their intelligence. They know that dragons don’t really exist and that the big bad wolf can’t blow a house down but how boring would children’s stories be if there wasn’t a bit of magic in them.

These stories allow all of us a little bit of escapism but importantly they also help to develop a child’s imagination. Children themselves are natural storytellers, you only have to listen to them when they play to know that!  I for one always knew that I couldn’t walk through the back of my wardrobe into Narnia but it didn’t stop me enjoying The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when I was a little girl, actually I still do come to that.

Children have plenty of time to be sceptical when they grown up, so let them enjoy their childhood stories and let’s hope that fairy tales get to live happily ever after!


Welcome to the new home for our blog.

Welcome to our blog

We have moved our blog and we hope you like it’s new home. It was hosted under the same platform as our shop but we found it made things a bit hard to find.

You will see along the top links to free projects, news, articles on child development and a how to section so you can teach kids craft techniques.

We’ve also added a list of themes that we have projects for on the right hand side.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to bring over the comments from the last blog site, so our comments are looking a little bare so feel free to let us know what you think.

We also have lots planned for the new blog. Keep a look out for two new series of posts on fairy tales and another on african animals, where we will be recreating the Serengeti. To be the first to find out about this why not subscribe to the blog there is a link on the right hand side for you to have it delivered straight to your inbox.

Also if you like what we do we have a link for you to get our Top 10 Tips of Storytelling in the Classroom and you will also receive our newsletter which has even more crafts and literacy activities each month.

Tonya on 10 Radio

Tonya was recently interviewed on 10 radio by Suzie Grogan in her Talking Books slot. Suzie has written a lovely blog post all about the interview on her blog. If you would like to know what Suzie thinks about what we do please follow this link to her blog No More Wriggling Out of Writing.

Below is a link to the interview. It’s the first time we’ve been interviewed on radio and Tonya really enjoyed it.