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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.
This walk begins in the middle of Bishop's Hull playing fields, Taunton.
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 green brolly
Chapter two

Selfie a Present

The tourquise and pink house shaped tent had colourful shaped bunting and a spotty rug. When I walked into it, it was dark at first, but then I heard cool music. I saw the Selfie a Present. The clear mini slides glowing rainbow especially the ruby red, it glowed really bright. I stared at it. I sat down on the comfy seat. I took the cutest selfie I had ever done. The computer loved it. I asked it for the exact same machine but smaller.

The computer actually gave me the miniature Selfie a Present. It was the same size as me Emily Andrey. I couldn't wait to use it.

I stayed there for some minutes. I took an ugly selfie to get a delicious lunch because I was hungry. It was night. The lights started glowing lighter and lighter, then I ran out. I called the fixers and they fixed it.The manager said thank you Emily. My journey is now finished and I was the first person to try out Selfie a Present.....
Go to the pink brolly
Chapter three

The Cockroach Injection

As you approach the stall you see a giant red and white circus tent with a giant model cockroach set on top of it. But your are more drawn torwards the spotless walls of the tent, well almost spotless. They are splattered with dark blood and sporting a huge pool of slime collecting in a pool at the feet of the tent.

When you step inside, your eyes are immediately drawn to a giant circular stage in the centre of the spacious interior of the tent were a tall bespectacled man in a white lab coat was injecting a peculiar purple liquid into the underbelly of a large cockroach. Cautiously, you walk along a red carpet leading to a set of steps that is giving you a clear view of the mad professor standing proudly on the stage. Hurriedly, you walk up to the front of the tent and squeeze yourself in front of a pair of giggly ladies so you are right in front of the intimidating stage. Then you return your gaze to the cockroach the man had just injected with his long injection stick. Then the most peculiar thing happens, the cockroach that the man who had introduced himself as Professor Bug had injected with his strange purple liquid, turned a violent shade of blue and five seconds later it sprouted a fine set of sparkily silver wings to a big round of applause from the crowd. This happened for what seemed hours before the Proffessor continued with his proud explanation of his beloved invention.

Next, Proffessor Bug shouted, “Anne, come.” A pretty, young girl hurried up onto the stage to stand beside the Proffessor. “Anne you hold Mr Red Shell while I fetch another cockroach.” All of a sudden you notice that Mr Red Shell was shaking violently in Anne's hand. Anne in question however, is completely oblivious to the wriggling cockroach. Sensing danger, you squeeze roughly past the annoying ladies and swiftly up the red carpet. As you hurry off into the darkness, you hear muttering from the crowd.

Relieved to be away from the strange tent you head for a different stall.
Go to the purple brolly
Chapter four

Scratch ‘a’ Chair

As you approach the stall... The white, thick plastic walls of the eye-catching tent lie ahead. When we finally approached the enterance of the tent, we walked inside, as soon as we walked in, we head banging music playing. It deafened our ears. We felt the warm spotty rug against our feet. I walked up to this chair, which looked like a monkey head on top, with big hands pointing out on the sides. At the end of the hands, there were sharp, long nails. I saw someone go on it and it spoke out loud: “Hello, press the green button if you want a massage and press the red button to have a scratch.” The lady picked red, then. Out of nowhere, the long hands moved closer to her neck and started rubbing her neck with the long, pointy nails. But then she obviously didn't like it, so she pressed the “STOP” button, and got off. I thought to myself “This is my chance to go on” so I went on. Then when I got closer the eyes went red and said “X-RAY vision activated”.

But no one/ nothing was going to stop me going on it! I still went on and I also pressed red (scratch) and then it got its fingers and rubbed its nails against my neck and it hurt me so I pressed the “STOP” and then I got off and it said “GO IT'S GOING TO EXPLODE!” Then the lights went out and I ran away.
Go to the red brolly
Chapter five

The magnificent Dome Shocker

As you approuch the stall, you will see the dome, my creation. It keeps burglars out of your house. The stall is made of Lego. And there are devices in the dome. It is in a case. You are requested to gently take off the case, cearefully put it outside your house. Then if you get robbed or burgled this is the right thing to do. When it does not detected your family member and it detects your eye. It will beep and a jail cell bars will appear and they will be trapped until the police come.
Go to the orange brolly
Chapter six

Magnetic Squares

My stall is a tent it has a prchead roof.The coler is a light turquiose and pink.My stall is made of selling everywhere.In the tent there are fairy light shining bright like the sun and big fluffy pelows .Shoe boxes piled up ready to be sold.The coler of the magnetic shoes are blue,yellow,pink and black.In the door way there are ruby red flowers growing on my steam that I'm growing .THEN lost of people suddenly came and said I want one no I do. Let me in now hurry hurry.......come on time is ticking. I don't have all day.
Go to the blue 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 we began and type 'end' in the box below
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.