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The Inventors Fair Camo

Welcome to the 117th Inventors Fair, and prepare to be amazed with the wild and wacky inventions across the field. Once complete you can then write your own inventions and put them into the tale too.

This Storywalk is designed for year 5 and 6 as some of the language and words used are designed to stretch your pupils. Teacher note - read chapter one out loud to all your pupils together and then let them read the rest to each other in their groups.
First part of the story begins on the hard standing between the field and the school buildings.
Chapter one


‘Roll up, Roll up, the inventors fair is here'.

‘Come see the miraculous, the incredible, the fan-tab-u-lous' announced the orator from his tiny wooden podium. He then leans forward and whispers to you ‘I know that fantabulous is not a word, but this is an inventors fair and if you can't invent a few words here and there, then what's the point, ay!' His moustache twitches in excitement which seems to accentuate the shiny baldness of his head.

‘Buy your tickets here' he announces to the crowd gesticulating in a strange flourish of twisting wrists towards the booth and turnstile.

‘Now good people, ladies and gentlemen, have you been acquainted with the astounding Mr Arac, who will be demonstrating his incredible Home Spider Dentistry Kit or what about Dr Faustus and his amazing security device, The Magic Void'. He pauses for effect before he continues ‘it's a new type of safe which hides your valuables inside a surprising quirk of space-time itself.' Go see him, he's at stall number 253, but then he mutters to you under his breath ‘I suggest you don't let him Magic Void your pet, last one came back a little squishy and the boys keeper was quite disgruntled.'

Suddenly you have a ticket and are through the barrier, and there before you is stall - upon stall - upon stall, this is the inventors fair. Tents and turrets are pitched everywhere, flags and banners billow as smartly suited visitors amble between the stalls. Noises fizz from displays where plumes of pink and purple smoke waft from curious contraptions to the left, right and just about everywhere.

A voting paper is then thrust into your hand and you notice it has six spaces for nominations, this is what you need to fill in and post before you exit.

You glance back and see the sun glint off the Orators shiny head as he disappears back through the gates. His wrists spin above his glistening head as he funnels and encourages more paying visitors through the turnstiles.

Now to the fair.
go to the red brolly
Chapter two


You pass quite a few exhibits in the next hour, one called ‘the Big Ear' which appeared to be exactly what it said and would help you listen over great distances. They obviously hadn't invented the telephone yet!

Another stall was called the thinking machine, which listened and thought but little more. The inventor seemed embarrassed as he'd yet to invent the answer machine, which even he admitted would be far more useful.

Then finally you come across the Boot-o-matic an incredible machine which was lacing up boots on volunteers left right and centre. You sit in the chair yourself with your shoe laces undone and the tiny little machine ties them up in a flash. You are so impressed that you undo them quickly again and the Boot-O-Matic has them re done, just like that.

Of all the inventions that would save some time in the morning perhaps this was one which would in fact be truly useful. But then you notice the person getting into the chair after you with Velcro straps on his shoes and a cheeky grin on his face, I wonder how the Boot-OMatic will deal with that!

So make a mark on your voting slip, have a chat between each other as to what you think.

Now over to the exit to meet the Orator and hand in your voting slips.
go to the blue brolly
Chapter three

The bouncy suit

As you aproach the stall you see a big puffy suit but as you go to hit it, your hand bounces back and you fall over. You stumble to your feet and Mr Bordwin approaches you saying " are you alright? Do you want to try my amazing invention?". " yes please, I would love to!" Carefully, you put on the suit, and zip up the front. On the chest, you push the lever, and turn the button. The Springs start to vibrate and the suit puffs up. On your thigh there's a button, the more you turn it, the higher you can jump, so you can make your way to the test room so you can jump up and down ! So that's my Invention! By the incredible Mr Bordwin. You decide it buy and bounce happily out of the tent.
go to the orange brolly
Chapter four

The sweet machine

As you approach the stall you see a big sweet shop stand, with a young boy gazing at the sweets on offer.

Alfie and his dad went to the stalls on a Saturday Alfie's dad went to a antique stall while Alfie looked at the marvellous sweet shop he saw heaven of gobstopers , bubble gum and his favourite lemon sherbets. But he noticed in the corner of his eye the way they truly make sweets.
They get dried bugs and sugar and boil it together , Alfie ran out the shop and got his dad .
His dad complained and randomly became the best inventor ever and then he invented the sweet machine the greatest of all, all you did was put sugar in it made hard sweets and cotton candy it was the new idea of heaven , but never went to a sweet
go to the pink brolly
Chapter five

The story maker

As you approach the stall you see a gigantic book named story maker inside a gigantic tent! Inside there are giant seats in the points of a compass off it it there are gigantic ladders on the sides of the chair. THEN the book startled everyone it changed colour then the book began it's spooky story

But suddenly there was an alien invasion .
You have to run to the other side of the fair.

This seems like a crazy stall so you walk away, but before you go, fill in your sheet.

go to the middle of the field
Chapter six

The fizzer

As you approach the stall you see children laughing with happiness. There is a girl standing there called lilly.

She lived with her mum and dad and her little brother who was called Toby. One day Lilly was very bored, so she asked her mum if she could go to her best friends house to see if she could play with her.luckily she said yes, so Lilly grabbed her coat and sprinted to her friend hollys house .When she got there Holly was bored too, so I said we could make a fizzer and it could be a masterpiece. It could be an amazing machine. And that is how Lilly Became famous.She and holly had made a wonderful invention.to work it you had to press the switch on the left of it and when you have turned it on you chose a food or a drink to put in it and when you have put it in you wait about 2 minutes and then take it out whatever you put in it will be fizzy and that is how Lilly and holly got famous.and they lived happily ever after.THE END! By Izzy.s
go to the green brolly
Chapter seven

Snow Globe

On the way to the next exhibit you pass several people with what would appear to be snow in their hair, which seems very odd with the weather in the way it is. Then you arrive at ‘the human snow globe' which is a huge glass dome and inside you can see several people walking around a little ruined castle making a snow man and throwing snow balls. Out of the top of the little folly, snow is whizzing about and it looks very convincing indeed but there is not enough space for sledging which is a shame.

On the table are hundreds of smaller snow globes just like the larger one, visitors coming out of the big dome are running over to the table and shaking the globes ‘there you are Dad' said the boy ‘oh and this one has Mum in too'. And sure enough the miniature snow globes had tiny captured 3D tableaus of the family playing in the snow just moments before.

‘Shall we get one for the mantelpiece?' said the father and the boy nodded.

Before you move on make a note on your voting slip as to what you think of this invention.
go back to where the story began
Chapter eight


The Orator approaches, bald head glistening in the sun.

‘Place your sheets in the box and we'll see who the Inventor Supremo is in the 117th inventors fair'.

Is there one invention which is the best in your opinion? Have a discussion now and see which you think is the most impressive, when you have decided then please read on.

‘Good good.' Says the orator as you post your sheets, but suddenly there is a huge sound from the middle of the field, you look over and see a jet of blue flame snatch up into the air. A BOOM follows which is so loud you feel it in your chest, and the orators mouth drops open aghast at what is unfolding.

A flash follows with attendants and visitors running pell-mell away from the ‘Mr Bubbles, double bubble super fizz pop' tent. ‘Run for cover' they shout as people dive behind bales of straw just before the BIG explosion.

The next events seem to happen in slow motion as tents flatten across the field and flags bend horizontally away from the epicentre of Mr Bubbles. Then a black wall sweeps across towards you and there is only a moment to duck before it engulfs you. But thankfully it passes in a moment and you stand again to see the orator is covered head to foot in soot! He turns with mouth still open and moustache intact to the single flash of a reporter's camera.

‘Well it would appear that the 117th inventors fair has come to an abrupt end' he says to you with eyebrows raised as high as they will go.

The next day the local paper lands on your hall carpet with this very photograph, the orator is central, treacle black from head to foot and behind him the stately metal dome of Mr Bubbles is spurting with a mountain of foam.

The headline runs with ‘Inventor's Bubble Trouble. Hundreds flee from catastrophic fizzy pop explosion at the 117th inventors fair'.

To the left of the picture you can see yourself looking rather surprised.

What an event!

The End
Chapter nine

Further Thoughts

What inventions would you have liked to have seen at the fair?

Are they big or small, can they be held in your hand, or carried on your back?

Is it edible, totally credible or just downright daft!

Have a talk amongst yourselves whilst the other groups catch up.
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