Here is my MAGIC HAT CHALLENGE:
You’ll need three hats. If you don’t have hats, use boxes. If you don’t have boxes, use bags. If you don’t have bags, use socks. If you don’t have socks … you will have cold feet. Whatever. Write down some settings on little pieces of paper and put them in the first hat.
A setting could be anywhere: home, the Moon, a sushi store, a bus, a carwash, the zoo… wherever.
Write down some characters with a one-word description on some more little pieces of paper and put them in the second hat, e.g. a nervous schoolgirl, a grumpy grandmother, a bossy bus driver, an irate llama. In the third hat: some examples of onomatopoeia, e.g. smash! kaboom! pitter-patter! whoosh! crunch!
Now close your eyes and pick one piece of paper from each hat and magic up a story!
Don’t forget your story must have a PROBLEM. For example: you choose a bossy bus driver, the zoo, crunch! Hmmm… Could the bus driver be at the zoo to pick up kids after a school trip? The kids are noisy, the bus driver is so busy yelling for quiet he/she doesn’t notice an escaped alligator has snuck onto the back seat… CRUNCH. No more bus driver….
Write (or tell) the story! And don’t forget to try it out on your parents. Trust me, you’ll be way better at it than them! Your story-writing is MAGIC! 😉
send to firstname.lastname@example.org
please include your name age and name of school
don’t forget to put MAGIC HAT challenge in subject line so I don’t miss it
don’t put your surname on drawings or paintings or collages (Poetry Box policy)
There is no deadline while we are living in our bubbles! Every Friday I will post some work by children. I will always answer your emails but not straightaway. If I haven’t replied after 3 or 4 days nudge me as I may have missed it.
You can also try:
Celebrate your hero and listen to Barbara Else read
Tell me about your favourite bookshop or library
Play Pass the Poem with at least one other person
Write draw video comic strip letters poems stories about being in your bubble
My cloudy challenges and hear my cloud poem
My thank our supermarket workers challenge
Listen to me read Aunt Concertina and offer a cool challenge
Listen to me read my poem ‘Lick Lick Riff’ dog poem and offer a doggy cat tiger bat any animal challenge
Check out David Hill’s wonderful photo challenge
Listen to Swapna Haddow read her book and try a rabbit challenge
Try Johanna Aitchison’s hunt the teddy challenges
Ruth Paul reads her muddy poem and I offer muddy challenges