Fun Stuff to Download

I thought in this time of Coronavirus and school closures, I would create a new page on my website; full of fun stuff to download. Something to help parents and children through the next few weeks and months.

Activities will relate to my books but you won’t have to have read them to join in. My books, and therefore, the activities are aimed at 4 to 8 year old’s…hopefully I can provide a varying mix to cover the varying ages. 

Each week or so I will upload a new activity giving you the chance to check in regularly to see what’s new. I’m no technical wizard (to say the very least) and will start by uploading colouring sheets with images from within my books…there are plenty to choose from.

You can let me know what you think, share pictures of your children’s finished work or place comments on my social media platforms. I would love to see what your little ones do with the activities I upload. At the moment, I am as unsure as you are of what will be coming next but i’m thinking word searches/puzzles/story fun and I will try to vary them as much as possible. 

WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

ACTIVITIES

Session 1

Click on the links below to print colouring sheets from The Fairy in the Kettle and The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical. We’ll save the Christmas sheets for later in the year.

Leona – The Fairy in the Kettle

Robbie & Leona’s precious kettle – The Fairy in the Kettle

The Grumpy Fairies – The Fairy in the Kettle

Leona awakes with a start – The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical

Mischievous pixies – The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical

The elders – The Fairy in the Kettle gets Magical

Toby and the fireflies – The fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical

My stories have been brought to life beautifully by the brilliant Debbie Bellaby Illustration.

Session 2

Here we have a mixture of Criss Cross puzzles, Word Searches and Mazes. There is a selection of abilities and all, of course, are about fairies. Just click on the links below…

Criss Cross Puzzle 1

Criss Cross Puzzle 2

Criss Cross Puzzle 3

Word Search – For the little ones

Word Search – It’s all about the fairies

Word Search – from The Fairy in the Kettle’s Christmas Wish

Maze – Playing with the swallows

Maze – Elders searching for the fairies

Maze – Leona needs your help

Session 3

This session brings you both crafty fun and writing fun…

Crafty fun

For younger children there are fairy finger puppets to be made. You will need:

  • colouring pencils
  • children’s scissors or an adult to help cut out your puppet
  • a glue stick
  • a lollipop stick – this is optional as they will fit on the end of your finger
  • Click here to download your very own fairy finger puppet template
  • now follow in the instructions on the template

There are some finished puppets in the pictures below, taken during one of my Waterstones events.

Writing fun

Now for the older children…

As an author I often visit primary schools where I read my books and talk to children about writing. Children are always full of wonderful questions and we talk about both their writing and mine.  I can guarantee that at some point during the visit I will be asked how I write my stories and my answer is always the same…I create a skeleton!

This response always results in a mixture of confused faces and giggles but I do. I really do create a skeleton and by downloading my Becoming an Author article you can see exactly how I do it and create your very own skeleton….creating your own unique story as you go…just click here to download my Becoming an Author article.

Added – I’ve had great feedback to this activity and thought you might like to see a joint effort between brother and sister. Big sister Freya wrote the story, using my beginning, middle and end instructions while little brother James was illustrator. I love how it got them both working together! Thank you for sending this to me:)

Session 4

….is all about The Fairy in the Kettle!

I have recorded a reading of The Fairy in the Kettle. It’s the first book in this picture book series and introduces Leona and her three best friends, Tilly, Robbie and Toby. More importantly, it explains why Leona has chosen to live in her very unusual home.

Just click on the link and it will take you to my YouTube channel https://youtu.be/MucIv7NrTbo

Hope you enjoy!

Session 5

Back by popular demand!!!!

I have added another selection of Criss Cross puzzles, Word Searches and Mazes to my website this week (links below). They have been a super hit with the little ones…but I hear plenty parents are enjoying the mazes too!

Also, don’t forget in Session 4 I added a little article that I’d written to help you encourage your little ones to write their own stories while homeschooling. It’s aimed at primary school children and I’ve had lovely feedback from parents and children who have enjoyed writing both small stories and working on their own little books over a few days or weeks. Just scroll up to find the link.

Criss Cross – Puzzle 4

Wordsearch – From The Fairy in the Kettle

Wordsearch – From The Fairy in the Kettle Gets Magical

Maze – Toby’s getting grumpy

Maze – Pixies searching for the fairy dust

Maze – Leona has lost her slippers

Session 6

Drawing and colouring fun!

Can you copy and colour the fairies? 

To start – The grumpy fairy

A little harder – Fairies in their flower heads

This one’s quite tricky – Leona in her dream ballerina dress

Hope you enjoy!