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The Inventors Fair Skye

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 pink brolly
Chapter two


This stall is very simple, there are no plumes of smoke or fancy flames, just a small trestle table and on which are little paper packets of ‘ible-dibbles– the wondrous memory pill'

A young boy was working this stall and selling quite a few packets.

‘Yes sir, they are very simple, just take one a day for a week and your memory will improve.' The gent in question said ‘I'll have two please', dropped his money on the table and opened the first pack immediately. ‘Just one a day sir,' said the boy but the man upended the pack and ate the lot in one gulp.

The boy watched him carefully and then said ‘will that be all sir' the gent looked a little pale and sipped the water which was offered, but as he did so, one of the pills rolled across the table to you. You pick it up slowly and notice it's about the size of a pea, green, but not bright green, more earthy like . . . And then you realise what they are but before you manage to say anything the boy gives you a kick under the table. It stops you short because the next gent is buying another two packs and drops his money on the table too, this is obviously a profitable invention.

But the boy knows what you know, and that these little pills are in fact rabbit droppings! The gents move away, pleased with their purchase as the boy leans over and says sorry ‘you were about to give up my game' he said.

‘You can't sell them rabbit droppings as memory pills, it's a con' you say.

‘No it's not' said the boy ‘those men will never forget the week they ate rabbit poo'

He does have a point, so before you move on make a note on your voting slip about this boy's invention.
go to the orange brolly
Chapter three

Get ready for school machine

As you have a look around the fair, you see a massive red and blue striped tent with multicoloured fireworks spurting out of the sides and green flames are shooting up infront of you. You get excited and go in. You see two men,one called #Sam.H and his assistant Theo.S,they are really good at making inventions. Sam was wearing a blue shirt with a sandy coloured trousers and black leather jackets and Theo was wearing a green top with blue trousers. The machine had four arms and three legs with wheels. Sam said to the crowd in a loud voice,' Role up role up to see the amazing get ready for school machine it will help you get ready for school and get to school on time. Can I have a volunteer please.' He said. A little boy put his hand in the air. Theo said how about that one Sam said yes, that one. He came up onto the stage and then Sam said 'prepare to be amazed.' Then he whistled and the machine came over and in five seconds it did all the work that you do in the morning.
go to the blue brolly
Chapter four

Gold wish

As you arrive, you see a shiny gold bear smiling at you. In amazement you move closer. Could this be a dream? Out of the corner of your eye, you see a mysterious stranger coming towards you. In a creepy voice, he says, “ are you a good child?” Nervously you answer yes. “ Then you'll be interested in my invention“ he replies. “Buy one of these and your wildest dreams will come true. If you do something well, the bear gives you a golden version of what you like best in the world.” Suddenly, a creepy boy ran towards the bear. He grabbed it with both hands, laughing horribly. The bear Started shaking and it exploded showering the room with gold Lego. You collect as much Lego as you can and run frantically out of the tent. By will smith
go to the red brolly
Chapter five


We went into the first tent and there was cheering from the crowd. I slowly walked in. there was Blue smoke everywhere And gold fireworks works everywhere to. A volunteer was flying through the air. I scrambled through the crowd to get a look it Took a long time to get the front. I finally got there. Everyone was amazed by the flying suit he went so fast I could hardly see him. They inventer shouted it's for anybody. It's like it's a superpower. I asked the professor what his name was. He said it is Professor Dimbo. He was wearing X-ray goggles. I was amazed by the name. Then there was a bang! A brick fell and exploded. It was goofy clown. I recognised him from a fair. A brick which did not explode the volunteer caught it before it hit somebody. And the a really big brick exploded and it shattered. Around and everyone ran as fast as they could.
go to the green brolly
Chapter six

The Rose Gold Bird

As you approach the stall flying above the tent is The Rose Gold Bird! A girl is watching the bird amazed.The girl is called Charlotte.Charlotte thinks the bird is real and says to her Mum “Mummy can we get a bird like this?”

“Oh, Charlotte, the bird isn't real and anyway your kittens and cat wouldn't like it,” said Mummy. Charlotte is very fond of her pets and decides that her cat and kittens are more important.The professor is called Professor Watson.Professor Watson calls out from the tent, “Buy the only Rose Gold Bird that can teleport you back to the past!” Professor Watson wears denim jeans with a Rose Gold top that says “#BEST INVENTOR EVER!

Suddenly the Rose Gold Bird bursts into Rose Gold glitter! You run out of the tent hoping not to go back there again.

go to the middle of the field
Chapter seven

Toffee Apple Machine

The very first stall has a wide banner with the words ‘The Incredible Professor Peach' and underneath these it says ‘The one and only - Worm Whisperer' so you move on by without stopping!

The next stall has orange billowing flags shading what appear to be several soil filled fish tanks. But inside are thousands of bugs, and a technician is scooping up ladleful's which he is feeding into a brass funnel on a machine which looks like an iron radiator. The on looking crowd is drawn in as he slams the ladle down dinner lady style and the apparatus begins its work. The sign behind says simply ‘Sweet Sensations' followed by a little tag line of, ‘you won't believe how good they taste'.

Valves hiss and thrum as internal mechanisms process the live worms, first a hideous grinding noise, then a clanking, followed by a thunk sound where all the gauges momentarily throw themselves into the red zone and the eager crowd (including the technician) all take a quick step back. Then a fresh apple drops into the machine and seconds later a gentle ping sounds, a flap opens and along a conveyor belt appears a perfect toffee apple.

The technician then lifts it, turns it in the sun light and marvels at this extraordinary feat before passing it to a waiting child who tentatively takes a lick! The crowd gasps for a second waiting for the child's response, but it's obviously good as she smiles and takes a bite. Suddenly all the kids start jumping saying me, me, me, and the technician eagerly ladles more bugs into the contraption.

What do you think of the display, is it a winning machine? Write your review up quickly now before he gives you a toffee apple!
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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