Hi everyone! This week’s storytime blog is all about magic. 

Why read stories about magic to children? Well I say, Why Not! Weren’t we all much happier when we believed in the impossible and our imagination ran wild with wishes and dreams of magical worlds where tree bark was chocolate and streams ran with lemonade, or we could step through a wardrobe into a magical realm, or twist our bedknob and fly away to a tropical island. 

Below are 3 of my favourite books from our Magic storytime kit. Have you been to one of our Storytimes? They are heaps of fun and a great chance for kids to get involved in literacy by enjoying stories and rhymes as well as getting to do some messy craft that parents don’t have to clean up! Our magic kit is a lot of fun with wonderful stories involving different ideas relating to magic – from witches and wizards, to Possum Magic! For a little treat, check out the Youtube video at the bottom of this post to hear Mem Fox herself read her classic story.

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” 

Roald Dahl

Cover Image for Room on the Broom

Room on the Broom written by Julia Donaldson & illustrated by Axel Scheffler
This is a beatifully illustrated story about a kind witch and her cat out for a lovely evening ride on her broomstick when the wind causes her to lose her hat. Adventure ensues as she collects a motley crew of animals on her ride and they face a number of exciting trials together. It was a beautiful story with a very happy ending.

Cover Image for Possum Magic

Possum Magic written by Mem Fox & illustrated by Julie Vivas
Possum magic is a true Australian classic which follows the story of Grandma Poss who likes to do magic on all of the animals in the bush until one day when she makes little Hush invisible, but then can’t remember how to turn him back again. A very Aussie trip around the country with some truly ocker snacks are all that can save Hush.

Cover Image for Hocus Pocus Diplodocus

Hocus Pocus Diplodocus written by Steve Howson & illustrated by Kate Daubney
This story has everything: brightly coloured pictures, dinosaurs, magic, and a cute story about how the dinosaurs really disappeared!

Magic Wand

What you need:

  • Glittery or coloured pipe cleaners
  • Jewels / glitter
  • Scissors / tape
  • Glue
  • Ribbon
  • Card

How to make it:
Colour and cut out 2 star shapes from your card.
Twist the pipe cleaners together to form your wand.
Colour or decorate your stars with jewels and glitter.
Secure the ribbons and pipecleaners to the back of 1 star with tape, then glue the other star on the back.
Wave your wand and make some magic!

Picture of teddy wearing cardboard dog ears

One little, two little, three little witches

One little, two little, three little witches
Four little, five little, six little witches
Seven little, eight little, nine little witches
Ten wicked little witches

Ten little, nine little, eight little witches
Seven little, six little, five little witches
Four little, three little, two little witches
One little wicked witch.

Black cat, Black cat

Black cat, black cat up in the tree
(Look up)
Black cat, black cat staring at me
(circle hands around eyes)
Black cat, black cat come down from there
(shake finger)
Black cat, black cat you gave me a scare!
(put hands on hips and shake head)