Writing Activities

Writing ideas inspired by the books in Tales from the Forest of the Hooting Owl.

Short Story Ideas

The Goblin and the Stolen Ring

  1. Sprout is your new best friend. How did you meet him?
  2. You lose something important to you. How do you find it again?

The Goblin and the Child Witch

  1. You find an animal in the playground at school. What happens?
  2. There's a tree near you that grows in an unusual way. Why is that?

The Goblin and a Wizard Search

  1. How did you find your magic wand?
  2. You run through a field of jumping grass. What happens?

Non-Fiction Ideas

The Goblin and the Stolen Ring

  1. Find out about the different postal services available where you live and make a list of them.
  2. Research the origins of All Hallows' Eve and make a note of anything you didn't know. Find out if there are any local traditions.

The Goblin and the Child Witch

  1. Look up all the information you can find about a local bridge and its origins and write a piece about it.
  2. Plan a route for a walk and find out interesting facts about the places along the route. You could even persuade your family to go on the walk and act as a guide.

The Goblin and a Wizard Search

  1. Find out how to recognise five different local trees. Write down all their characteristics and see if you can recognise them next time you go for a walk.
  2. Next time someone you know is cooking a meal from scratch, ask if you can smell any herbs/spices they are using. Make a note of what they're like and when you eat the meal, see if you can recognise them. Are they different in any way?