Book Imp Activity

Hands up who loves to read… This tiny book imp sure does! Book imps love magicking books, even impossible books, and sniffing that bookish smell! (Bit odd.)

What is your book imp called? He or she wants you to dream up what your perfect book would be and doodle a brilliant book cover!

Here are a few ideas of titles:

  • Luna Lovegood’s Secret Diary
  • Is There Really A Monster Under Your Bed?
  • Hiccup’s Guide to Dragon Dentistry
  • The Hobbit’s Recipe Book of Second Breakfasts
  • The Unicorn Who Couldn’t Sing

Ah, poor little unicorn. If you’re little yourself, you can get an adult to help you with the words.

Or, if you have a top favourite book that’s pretty perfect already, you can copy its design or create a brand new cover for it. The possibilities are endless!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling some storytime delights!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Sending you all some cosy, bookish vibes! 

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Happy Doodling!

Ellen x

Witch Bottle Activity

What weird and wonderfuss stuff would you find in a witch’s bottle?

Eyeballs for potions? Newt tails for breakfast? The tears of naughty children for a cauldron-carrot-cake recipe? Whether it be ghost farts or demon giggles, doodle something you would capture and keep for a magic spell or ghastly witching brew.

Top Tip: Witches can squeeeeeeeze almost anything inside a witchy bottle – the only limit is your imagination!

Download and print this free PDF Activity Sheet and get doodling some weird, gross and fun magic ingredients!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Sending you all some powerful, good witchy magic!

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Ellen x

Colourful Unicorn Activity

It’s magical, majestic unicorn time!

You’ll need every colouring pencil, crayon, felt tip and gel pen in the house!

Doodle tiny decorations – like shooting stars and lightning bolts – and then colour them in. Or your unicorn could simply be stripy or spotty or maybe zigzagged like a zebracorn! All you need to do is think all the colours of the rainbow and then some!

You’ll also need to dream up a sparkling unicorn name and, if you can stomach it, doodle some weird unicorn poo! Unicorn poo like jelly beans, cupcakes, pongy rainbow puffs! Ew!

Download and print the free PDF Activity Sheet above to decorate this fierce and fantabulous unicorn!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Sending sparkling rainbow puffs to you all!

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Ellen x

The Giantess and the Goat

“Don’t eat me!” wailed the goat. (Well, at least that’s what I thought that bleating meant.)

“But I caught you with my special spoon,” the giantess pouted. It was indeed a special spoon. It had a particularly fusty mould to add flavour and a hook for catching dinner. A dinner like Ty the Peedie Goat.

The Giantess and the Goat

The giantess was called Gerdila. As well as on the spoon, she loved growing fungus in her grey-green hair and green-brown clothes. But the moudilest place of all was Gerdila’s squelchy fungus tongue.

Gerdila the Giantess didn’t like her dinner to be too wriggly. So Gerdila simply blew putrid breath on her prey. One foul puff of her fungus tongue killed most things instantly. She mainly ate sheep and cows – but avoided Highland Coo’s because they are too ‘flooff-full’.

Ty the Peedie Goat was next. (Gerdila stomped right past the alpacas as they are far too floof-full as well.) She hooked Ty round the neck with her special mouldy spoon and plucked him from the herd. The other goats watched wide-eyed and open-mouthed… All except for Chumley who carried on chewing the cud whilst watching a nearby cloud that looked like a fluffy bale of hay. Or so he imagined.

‘Peedie’: Orcadian dialect for small, little.

Ty, perched on his bottom, flopped a little as if already half dead. He bleated pitifully. Gerdila smiled a stinking smile and then blew…. Boooooooooof! Rancid air filled the sky, with little whiffs drifting down to the ground. The stink made the alpacas gag and spit. Ty lay deathly still in a cloud of stench.

“No!” I yelled, bursting out the door, tears streaming. No one heard, as I hopped to get my wellies on.

Ty burped. A giant, gurgly burp right from the depths of one of his many stomachs. We watched it bloat his belly then travel up his neck and finally erupt from his pink, fuzzy lips.

“Ew!” Gerdila the Giantess pouted. “That’s disgusting. And why aren’t you dead?”

“He’s a goat,” I answered, wiping my running nose on my sleeve. “He may be cute and cuddly and small but don’t let that fool you: goat’s breath is the most disgusting thing ever. Even more foul and fetid than yours – no offence.” She eyed me funnily and I started to back away to the safety of the house once more. I cursed for having brushed my teeth that morning.

“And I now you’re beaten,” Ty bleated joyfully. “I banish you from the farm!”

(At least, that’s what I think he said.)

And that is the story of how Ty the Peedie Goat out-stank Gerdila the Giantess. And he brags, and brags, and brags about it to this day.

Ty the Peedie Goat bragging to the alpacas

Goat hugs and giantess kisses,

Ellen x

Troll Hair Activity

This troll needs some hair, kids! Scribble it, doodle it, design it!

Name your troll and decide what kind of walloping troll it is…

Is it a sizzling Fire Troll with flaming red-hot hair? A Common Garden Troll with flowers and bumble-bees buzzing in and out of its curls? Or maybe it’s a Fishy Troll who goes around with a giant haddock stuck on its head and usually is up to no good?

Once you’ve decided, go ahead and doodle a magnificent hairdo!

Top Troll Tip: Trolls like to collect things so you can add all sorts of strange wonders into your hairstyle – think buttons, spiders, polo mints, daffodils, hamsters, cupcakes, twigs and a really special pet rock…

Download and print this free PDF above to get started… Be warned: trolls sometimes get hungry and will eat EVERYTHING out your fridge and rubbish bins!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times. Watch out for big, smelly troll hugs coming your way!

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Doodle Monster Activity

Watch out for the Doodle Monsters!

Some are small and squeaky, some are big and flubbery, others could eat you up in one GIANT GULP! Arrrgh!

But they are missing some important monster stuff….. Add squiggly go-faster legs, googly-woogly eyes, nish-gnashing teeth, and a big fancy, swooshy tail!

After you’re done, why not doodle your own marvellous, munching, magnificent monster!?

Download the PDF above and print it off! But be careful – they can sometimes scurry off the page!

This design was created specially for all the kids and parents in lockdown and to cheer things up in these tough times.

I’d love to see all your doodles and creations…

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Ellen x

Dragon Belly Activity

Kids, I want to know…. What has the dragon eaten???

Jellyfish? Vikings? Chilli powder? Tunnocks tea cakes? Five thousand flip flops? (Imagine the sound of all those flip flops flip-flopping in its belly!)

Print off this Activity Sheet, doodle some tasty dragon snacks, colour the dragon in and then give it a wonderfuss name! (A purple dragon called FishFangs? An orange dragon called Gallumphia?)

This is my first time uploading a PDF (above) to my blog so hope it works for you and you can print out my toothy friend easily. Do let me know!

This rather dashing dragon was created specially for all the kids and parents who find the schools are closed and to cheer things up in these tough times. Raaarh!

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Ellen x

Neddle the Rambler

Neddle is a cheerful chappy. He loves long, meandering walks with his rambling stick. Whilst he’s holding his rambling stick, Neddle tends to talk on and on and on about feathers, mushrooms and the different types of duck-quacks.

Neddle taking a break with his rambling stick

Despite Neddle’s love of nature – and ducks – he absolutely loathes puddles. He can often be spotted yelling at one as he tiptoes past. Lochs are just ‘big ole puddles’ and are not to be trusted. As are ladybirds. They’re sneaky, apparently.

So if you’re out and about, walking in the countryside, lingering in a wood, hiking up a hill, be sure to say hello to all the little Neddles out there. Just don’t mention the weather, Neddle will point out every cloud in sight and explain it’s unique qualities in high detail. And as we know in Scotland, there’s a lot of clouds.

New Year Auld Hags

I hope everyone is getting into the swing of the 2020? I hope your luck is good, your spells work magic, and mostly you are not eaten by a wandering ogre. But there are worst ways to go. Like falling in the open mouth of a sleeping ogre and slowly drowning in his saliva.

Illustration of an Auld Hag holding a cupcake
Auld Hags love cupcakes!

Like dwarves, I struggle with New Year and the whole New Year Eve celebration. Unlike dwarves, I don’t hide in an underground lair and violently hammer silver into shining wee moons or gold into delicate little stars. I wish I did. Instead I eat a lot, cry a lot and moodily draw dozens on Auld Hags who are grumpier than me.

But what I really wish is that I could be more like the Auld Hags I doodle. They don’t care about New Year – they’ve seen thousands of them. They’ve seen more humans, more heroes, more wonders than they care to remember. They just care about cake. And strong, black coffee. Lemon drizzle is a winner. Weirdly, coffee cake is not. Especially if there’s a walnut lurking in there. That’s a no-no.

To be an Auld Hag, you have to be pretty ancient. And grumpy. And so full of magic, you don’t even have to think how to turn that horrible old human into a miserable old mushroom. It just happens. They’re pretty powerful but not always inclined to use their power.

When they do, they curse people. Slowly.

Illustration of an Auld Hag smoking a pipe
Pipe smoking often get in the way of a good, audible curse

“By the powers, that be…. [lots of mumbling]… may you never have a pain-free elbow again.”

“By the powers of be…. [lots of grumbling]…. I demand the birds to poo on your car windows.”

“By the powers that be… [lots of mumbling, grumbling]…. may you never find that final episode of that really good TV show you liked with the huge cliffhanger.”

The last one’s a bit of a clumsy curse, but it’s ruthless.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to curse people. And neither do the Auld Hags really. They’re just super ancient and irritiable. But they know what they want. “Strong coffee, no milk. Chocolate chip cookie, no plate.” Whereas I’m still dithering over a cappucinno or hot chocolate or maybe even a passion fruit infused tea…? See, who’s more annoying?

So we could all be more Auld Hag minus the ill-wishing. (Unless they deserve it of course.)

May your 2020 be a good year full of scrummy cake, interesting new mushrooms and more ogre-awareness!

Ellen x

Illustrations of Auld Hags
I really love that all Auld Hags have these fabulous hooked noses!