After a pretty magical Halloween with my littles, I’m back with yet another Room on the Broom inspired post – this time I’m sharing some of our favourite ways to play out our favourite story.
Florence dressed up as the Witch for her first ever Trick or Treat trip and loved it! I put together her costume myself – a red top, some black leggings and a purple tutu from our dress up box combined with a black top of mine tied around her shoulders for the cloak and a witches hat with plaited orange hair which I bought in Tesco.
We’ve had a hard time getting her to wear anything else since and she loves to play flying around on her broom stick acting out the story.
This super simple craft activity was a favourite with Florence. All you need is a purple striped straw, a stat cut from yellow paper or card & some sequins or pom-poms. Stick them together to make your own wand just like the Witches one and you’ll be ready to iggety ziggety zaggety zoom!
DIY Matching Game / Pairs
I printed out a bunch of pictures from the Julia Donaldson website and cut them out, making sure there were two copies of each image. First I laid them out in front of us to match up the pictures and then after a while we turned them over and played pairs.
Again, using images from the resources on the website, I stuck a picture of each character to large lolly sticks to make puppets! Together, we retold the story with the puppets as prompts and while we both now know it off by heart it was a really nice way to change things up a bit.
Florence also uses these independently, making the different characters talk to each other using different voices and I loved watching her imagination really take off with the little game she’d thought up.
As the story goes the bird found a twig, the cat found a cone, the frog found a lily and the dog found a bone and so what better way to recreate this part of the story with a scavenger hunt! I hid a pine cone, a paper bone, a twig & a wooden toy flower around the living room and sent her off to find each of them promoted by an image of each animal. Once she’d found them all, she popped them all in her cauldron and acted out the spell.
Do you have a little lover of Room on the Broom? I’d love to hear your ideas for play activities inspired by the book so please do pop any thoughts in the comments below. While you’re here, you might like to check out my Room on the Broom inspired snack ideas too!