The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes

Hello children,

Today’s story is The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes.  We’ve only read it a couple of times at school so you might not remember it.  The picture style in the book may look familiar as it was illustrated by Barbara Firth.  She’s drawn  a lot of story settings and characters you would recognise.  Turn your noggins on and have a think about the books you’ve read.  Which ones has she illustrated?  Here’s a hint we recently had a story on the blog, can you recognise it from the drawings?

This is a great story I think, it rolls off my tongue the same way Mr Gumpy ‘s list of animals does and reminds me of that.  I also really like the rhymes and think my favourite one is the animal that  rhymes with pillow.  Which one is yours?

Mrs Mitzman was talking about empathy this week.  Think about that word and The Grumpalump.  What’s your opinion?   Were the animals empathetic?  Not sure about the dove shoving or the yak whacking but they are great rhyming words.

Have you ever seen a hot air balloon in the sky?  Or maybe you’ve been on a hot air balloon!  They are fantastic things and look magnificent in the sky.  Here’s a link that tells you a bit more about how a hot air balloon works.

You could try making parachutes.  Lots of people jump out of airplanes as a sport.  They keep you safe and let you have a lovely gentle drift down to the ground again.  It must be a wonderful way of seeing your surroundings! You’d definitely need a parachute if you were going up into a hot air balloon.  Every year when I was little, my school would hold an science event.  We wanted to see if our design for the best egg parachute worked so there was only one way to do it. The teachers took them up high and dropped the parachutes we had made with the eggs attached.  Not all the eggs made it down to the ground safely but that was part of the of fun and  we always looked forward to trying to a different method.    There’s a link below if you’d like to try it, remember though you might need help from your grown up.   

Here are some other ideas you might enjoy.

10 Hot Air Balloon Crafts for Kids


Enjoy and have fun!  Until next time, do good looking for adventures, clean your ears out for good listening and turn your brains on for good learning.

Take care and stay safe,

Mrs Howe