All my children have loved Julia Donaldson books, especially the Gruffalo, so as it’s almost World Book Day I’ve searched the web for my favourite Julia Donaldson science experiments and activities.

If you’re looking for book themed science investigations you might also like our collection of Fairy Tale experiments for kids and Fairy Tale STEM ideas.

Room on the Broom Activities

We love this Room on the Broom sensory bin from Still Playing School.

Make a magical potion for the witch.

Oobleck ( cornflour/cornstarch and water ) coloured brown would be perfect to recreate the scene where the animals rise out of the mud to scare the dragon.

The animals all throw an item into the witches potion at the end. You could dissect a flower, make a pinecone weather station or search for twigs of different sizes.

Wizard Potion

A balancing or stacking activity would work brilliantly for Room on the Broom too – coming soon!

There are also some lovely learning ideas on the Room on the Broom website.

Gruffalo Science Activities

This Gruffalo coding activity from JDaniel4’s Mom looks great.

If you have snow ( or fake snow ) make different animal footprints in the snow.

Gruffalo footprints

We loved playing with our Gruffalo’s Child shadow puppets. Another idea would be to create lots of shadow puppets and retell the story.

Gruffalo Mouse Shadow Puppet

Inspiration Laboratories has a brilliant build a logpile house STEM activity too.

Superworm Activities

This Superworm sensory tray is very cute and would also work well as a magnet activity, where children tests items to see if they are magnetic.

How about a homemade bug hotel? We made this one with toilet rolls!

homemade bug hotel

This Superworm play dough looks great from Rainy Day Mum.

Bug oobleck is brilliant fun too!

Bug oobleck made with cornflour, water and brown food colouring

Plain Vanilla Mom has a gorgeous bug fossil activity.

Play dough bug fossils

Another idea is to make worm hotel for Superworm.

Homemade wormery

Stick Man

I have some fun stick Man activities including making a stick man, building a raft with sticks and playing pooh sticks.

stickman

Children could also make shapes with sticks or collect items to make their own sensory tray.

Zog Activities

Build a zip wire or a catapult to help Zog fly.

More Julia Donaldson Activity Ideas

You could draw a map for What the ladybird heard and make a tin can phone to help spread the message.

Find a somewhere you can make an echo for The Highway Rat.

Can you think of any more Julia Donaldson activity ideas for us?

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