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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.
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 purple brolly
Chapter two

Grub Machine

As you approach the stall you will see the tent is multie coloured. Pretend fire works all around the tent stick out from every point. Ribbons blowing in the wind show the name GRUB MACHINE. As you enter the tent you are greeted by a man wearing a stripy coloured vest top with pink shorts. On his head he's wearing a black top hat. He invites you to choose some grubs from large plates at the side of a shiny machine. Green grubs,wiggley grubs,large and small grubs,grubs of all description. Picking up a hand full you throw them into a pot at the side of the machine.Going to the keypad in to the center time in any food you would like. With a wiz and a wir your grub is delivered nice and fresh and ready to eat.
Go to the green brolly
Chapter three

Ellie’s food invention

As you approach the stall you see, well for a start it is a pink and grey tent with no door. It is all opened up so you can see the rainbow, beautiful slide in the light. There was two girls making barbecue flavoured chicken wings and burgers made out of sweets. At the front there is golden jars with jumping potions and fast potions at the front on the wooden shelves. Everyone was waiting in the long queue. Next to the tent, or shall I say the amazing tent, there is a magic atm that gives you pearls to pay with....PING.... There went the red velvet cake from the oven. It smelt amazing.
Suddenly the most amazing thing happened the cake burger slide wouldn't stop so everyone had double the amount of food as they usually would. Then Professor Romp made it rain with pearls. It was amazing because we could just pick them up from the floor because they came in packs of twenty it looked like it was snowing.
Then a loud deep voiced man said a speech that said please exit repeatedly. We ran out of the exit with our barbique chicken wings and burgers....BANG.... The cake burgers exploded and tasted disgusting. No one knew what to do then suddenly it fell silent.

Go to the blue brolly
Chapter four

Elishas food invention

. As you Approach
this next grey and pink tent you will see some fairy lights attaching to Ellie's food invention but about Elisha's food stall you will see a table with Elisha at it also a member of staff will press the buttons for your chicken chocolate and pearl sprinkles sound peculiar I walked over to an atm to get some money to pay for my chicken the atm gives you pearls to pay with so funny I payed and stumbled across some fast poshans . Suddenly,the invention stopped working so did Ellie's invention it gave out a ton of chicken it was amazing we got extra chicken in our bowls Thechiken was £2 or 2 pearls if thought it wash good prise .Ellie and Elisha had no idea what to do.

Go to the orange brolly
Chapter five

Scoop bot

Jacks was mum crossing the inventors fair. As we walked closer I was filled with exatement.Jacks mum said” over here son”Jackmwalked over to his mum.Then she said pick one of the these inventines then jackand his mum went to find one.Then jacks mum said”how about that one” Jack said NO that looks lik poop” then Jack sees the school bot Jack said thate one mum that one. Jackand my mum walked over to it then they seen howe much it cost.
Go to the pink brolly
Chapter six

Non Spillablle Self Sturing Mug

It is a big den with electric pink and blue cups. It is beautiful blue and pink you can see them click to pick your drink of your chosen drink. Mr Rose the drink ‘maker' clicked one button and after three seconds the tea was reddy and Mr Rose took the drink onto the counter and hits it. Everyone gasped. As he picked it up and gave it to the customer. The next customer Wanted a latte so Mr Rose clicked the button but Professor Snow came out of know were and he clicked the slushy button and they were ready and he did the same and Everyone did the same. She tried it and she was about to be sick so he didn't get any good reviews and he tried it him self but he doesn't know he put in SLUSHY so he tried just latte and it was ok and he tried everything and it was ok but he didn't drink slushy and latte and he tried it and he did the same a that girl! So he thought that he will never do it again and he did not know that happened though but he doesn't know that and Professor Snow came to do it.

Go to the red brolly
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 we 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.