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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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.






Cereal Box Owl

Cock-a-Doodle Quack Quack by Ivor Baddeil and Sophie Jubb is beautifully paced, funny story.

It has gentle characters and lots of bright, vibrant illustrations.

We made this colourful, cereal box bottle top owl, inspired by the wise barn owl in the story.