The things the children and I have created after reading some fantastic books. You might want to try these at home!

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Guess how much I love you Notepad

The children and I loved ‘Guess how much I love you’ by Sam McBratney.  In fact, we loved it to the moon and back.

After reading this delightful book, we made bunny notepads and carrot pencils to record special thoughts.

We used furry fabric to cover exercise books.  You could use felt, another fabric or even coloured paper instead.  The children drew an outline of the front and back of their book on the reverse of the fabric.  I helped them to cut it out.  They then used strong white glue to attach the fabric to the front and back of the book.

They cut out fabric for eyes, string for whiskers and fur for floppy ears.  All of these were attached with strong white glue.  We used heart shaped stickers for the nose but you could use fabric or even a pom pom instead.

The carrot was made simply by wrapping green and orange pipe cleaners around a pencil.



Hungry Caterpillars

Is there anyone who doesn’t love Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar?

The Crafty Crafters made their Very Hungry Caterpillars using items found in the kitchen; a scouring pad, drinking straws and egg boxes.  We had great fun!

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Curtis Jobling & Spud the Scarecrow

This week, I was lucky enough to be part of Curtis Jobling’s Dubai school visits, organised by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

The young children loved his readings from My Daddy and The Sheep won’t Sleep.  Their teachers particularly enjoyed Old MacDonald has a Zoo.

The multi-talented Curtis Jobling is also the man behind Bob the Builder.

Here are Spud-inspired scarecrows made by the young crafty crafters.  We had great fun filling plastic bottles with an assortment of beans and pulses #sneakylessonsinnutrition

Sorry Curtis – Our scarecrows have carrot noses


Roald Dahl’s 100th Birthday

I had a great time getting involved with Roald Dahl celebrations at Hartland School, Dubai.  Really enjoyed making Mr (and Mrs) Fox finger puppets with the lovely children in Year 2





Plastic Bottle Penguin



My youngest daughter loved the film Happy Feet, after which we read Jill Tomlinson’s ‘The Penguin who wanted to find out’.  She loved the characters, and learning about how penguins look after one another and survive.


We made these penguins with plastic water bottles, cotton wool balls and a handful of bits and bobs.