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The Inventors Fair Ruby

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 orange brolly
Chapter two

Gastronaught Experience

Just between the stall with ‘knicker stickers - you'll never get them in a twist again' and ‘Mr Slow Coach - the world's first professional slug trainer' is a stall which is double wide. A boat sail is hoisted high with the words ‘The Gastonaught Experience' below which there is a projection of a low quality film, perhaps a live stream.

‘And here we have our two new volunteers,' as two young men in a flat caps step up from the crowd. The technicians fit the skinner in a heavy diving suit who is lifted by a wooden crane over a huge tank of murky green fluid. The volunteer waves confidently to the crowd as he is lowered down and the projection on the screen behind becomes very green as he descends. The gastronaught puts his thumbs up and you see him grinning through the armoured tank walls and his metal helmet.

The tank lid is secured down and then bolted whilst his friend waits behind a curtain oblivious.

Down from ten the presenter counts with the crowd joining in on the final three, two, one, zero. Then on the final digit the lights on the sides of the tank begin to glow, the water clears a little then bubbles begin to rise making it look like the fluid is slowly boiling!

Then all of a sudden the fluid is gone and with it the man in the suit, but the presenter is turning a little tap and drawing off a glass of pink fluid. Inside there appears to be a tiny toy man but in the projection everyone could see a very large presenter peering into the lens.

The volunteer gastronaught has been shrunk!

But what happened next was even more incredible for the presenter took the glass around the curtain to the other volunteer, passing it to him to drink! A huge image of teeth then appears on the screen behind as he knocks the drink back.

The shrunken gastronaught was swallowed down in one!

On the projection screen the film shows the view from the gastronaught's perspective who was now swimming in gastric juices, he was in his friends' belly!

The presenter then placed a metal funnel to the volunteer's belly and positively shouted down it ‘Can you hear me?' And at this the gastronaught put his thumb up. ‘Great, now try to make your way along the tunnel we have about twenty minutes before you return to your real size and your friend here would rather you complete your journey with a successful evacuation before the time is up'.

Behind a timer begins to count down and the reality of what's just happened dawns on the volunteer, colour drains from his face as he turns to see the screen behind.

‘Now not to worry young man' said the presenter, ‘I am sure your friend can find his way past some of these . . . chunks.' And the crowd laugh but you have a terrible feeling that this isn't going to play out very well so make a swift exit.

But before you move on make a mark on your voting sheet.
go to the green brolly
Chapter three

Future whiteboard

As you aproached the stall you heard the owner saying “roll up roll up get your future whiteboard”and you saw loads of whiteboards. You thought this is rubbish but why is it so expensive?

Then something most incredible happened: someone started to fly and the owner said: “He wished to fly, nothing's impossible,” said the owner.

Then the most amazing thing happened, someone exploded, “Take cover!” said the owner.

He exploded.

I thought I have programmed it so you cant do dangerous stuff like that.

By Thomas Edwards.
go to the ink brolly
Chapter four

Fizzle wizzle

Come and get yourself a great fizzle Wizzle, come and get a Fizzle Wizzle shouted the suited man.

As you approach the stall you can see he is trying to sell you his new invention of bananas with fizzy drinks in it!

He then said”I want to volunteer to come to the laboratory“ and another room behind the tent opened up. Inside you could see, sparks and potions fizzing, flaming.

the man said we'll go to the laboratory over there he said so he aprochet the laboratory and they are warning signs over the laboratory so we have to ware safety goggles when when we got into the laboratory

By william BK
go to the middle of the field
Chapter five

Silver slob pop bible

As you approach the pop panto stall you hear loud popping noises. then you see a large blue and and pink tent with a red flag . Then the most amazing thing happens as fire works shoot from the tent top, and Professor Pop (the inventor ) tumbles forwards with flames shooting out from the stage edges.

He then shouts 'Welcome to POP panto!'

There is a big round of applause from the audience.

'I'd like to welcome you to my Silver Slop POP bibles, I need a volunteer to taste my sweets.' A young boy jumps up and is offered a rainbow gum which he takes, slowly opens the wrapper and pops it in. The boy begins to chew, and chew and chew and seems to be enjoying it but his face starts to turn blue!

Oh no, this terrrible boy then falls off the stage and out of sight!

At the very same moment the professor steps back and trips over his rug, falls on his bum and everyone's laughs.

go to the red brolly
Chapter six

The Flying Banana

As you approach the stall you will see a man sitting on a grand chair with robotic wheels in a colourful tent. The person sitting on the chair is called Professor Banana .

His invention is a flying banana that will help people with jobs so that they won't be late for something. To make the flying banana you need a butterflies heart. After you have done that it will start tidying up for you .

Then you need to know how you turn it on and turn it off. If you don't know how to do that it sometimes goes a little bit crazy. In fact, once that happened to me and I accidentally touched the wrong button and it started messing everything up Professor banana said.

Does anyone want to have a go with a flying banana you can see how I make it. But you would have to wear safety protection in case it goes crazy. Anyone want then I'll just have to pick from the crowd. I will pick you

By Otis Richards

go to the blue brolly
Chapter seven

Super Splice Device

This black and white striped tent has a red ribbons holding the door flap open and inside it is thick with smoke and steam. The crowd jostles to get a better view so you squeeze your way through to the front where you see three large cages. The central one is connected to the other two by a series of copper pipes which reminds you of an old fire engine.

Technicians squeeze a live zebra into the first cage and place single daffodil in the second.

The cages are slammed shut as the orator shouts ‘Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to be bedazzled for before you stands ‘The Super Splice Device' and at this he throws a handle and a deafening noise comes from the central mechanism.

The lights dim as it sucks on the electric and the zebra begins to kick wildly against his bars, the operator lets go of the handle and the machine spins down until it is quiet in the tent. Slowly he walks over to this central cage, everyone is peering at it, trying to see what's inside. A chain is pulled and the cage door is slowly lifted with the operator delicately putting his hand into the darkness. You are so close you can almost touch it yourself.

As he lifts it aloft there is a gasp by the crowd, for what was once a single daffodil in the second cage seems to be combined now with the zebra from the first, he is holding a flower with a green stem but black and white striped petals.

An enormous round of applause begins as the orator says ‘Behold, the incredible splice device has taken the beauty of the flower' and the daffodil's cage lights up ‘and spliced it with the zebra'. The lights then go on in the zebra cage and the animal walks out a little dazed but in seemingly good health.

‘Now a volunteer' the operator says and starts scanning the crowd, but you are out of there before he can pop you in one of his cages!

What did you think of this invention, write your notes on your voting slip before you move on.
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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