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Enid Blyton’s Birthday

August 4th 2021| Michael Mountford

Enid Blyton’s Birthday

World-famous children’s author, an accomplished pianist, prep school teacher and so much more.

Enid Blyton has many well known books under her belt ranging from Noddy to The Magic Faraway Tree. However, her world-famous series The Famous Five, has had numerous reincarnations; in the form of films, tv shows, audio dramas, gamebooks and even a handful of parodies created by numerous people through the years.

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton – BBC Teach

TV presenter Naomi Wilkinson reads extracts from ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’ by Enid Blyton, as part of the ‘Bringing Books to Life’ series.

Enid Blyton – Women We Love Series – BBC Four

BBC Drama starring Helena Bonham Carter as Enid Blyton and Matthew Macfadyen. This Bio of the Children’s author was made as part of the BBC’s ‘Women We Loved’ series.

Magic Faraway Tree Treehouse

Magic Faraway Treehouse built in the school wildlife area. We loved building it knowing the children will love it. A place to let your imagination go wild, looking up the large Faraway tree for magical lands. Great place to sit and read.

Malory Towers Trailer – CBBC

Darrell arrives for her first term at Malory Towers – full of midnight feasts, lacrosse games, jolly picnics and a mysterious ghost story there is adventure around every corner!

Malory Towers is a CBBC 13 part drama based on the iconic novels by Enid Blyton following the adventures of Darrell Rivers as she leaves home for the first time to attend an all girls’ boarding school.

Cooking Show

A fun classroom activity is to let the kids have a go at making some of the foods found in the ‘Jolly Good Food’ book. Or even letting them go wild and make their own interpretations of some of the foods and drinks found in Enid Blyton’s books.

To add an extra layer to the lesson, why not attempt to make it into a cooking show; a la ‘Ready Steady Cook’ or ‘Come Dine with Me’.

Below is a link to just a couple of nice and easy treats that can be made and enjoyed in the classroom.

Classroom Display

No Magic Faraway Tree classroom would be complete without a tree with which to hand fairy lights and all sorts of designs off of its branches. Take a read here to help guide your way to making your own paper classroom tree!

If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make learning more fun and engaging for kids in their own time, why not try and a splash of creativity to a spare section of the classroom and make a dedicated display area where the children can pin up their favourite pieces of work!

The Magic Faraway Tree
The Enchanted Wood
Art Attack – How to make a Treehouse

Using this Art Atack guide for how to make a base model treehouse, why not expand upon the design more and make your own one inspired by Enid Blyton’s ‘Hollow Tree House’ book.

Or, if you’d rather, have a go at following this guide and try your hand at making a paper mache Magic Faraway Tree.

Costume Day

A great way to help kids engage with the characters and stories is to hold a class, or even school, wide costume show. Let them dress up and show off their creative side. Send in some of your classes photos and they may be featured on our Topic Calendar.

Author Pack

The perfect resource pack with over 20 resources all about the famous author Enid Blyton to help you create an author focus in your classroom.

Each author pack includes:

A display banner
Author poster featuring some of their most famous texts
Author cartoon image for a display
3 writing frames
10 challenges
– write an acrostic poem
– Character comparison
– Book front cover design
– Create an author fact file
– Write a Book review
– Write a book blurb
– Questions for the author and research
– Award introduction speech
– Create a character profile
– Change the ending to a story

Have a great day!

I hope this blog has given you some ideas on how you could plan for teaching about Enid Blyton.

If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!).

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