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The Inventors Fair Scarlet

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 story starts at spot the hard standing of the courtyard enters the northern grass field.
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 pink brolly
Chapter two

time machine (Look back in time!)

You are walking past stalls when a tent with brightly coloured swirls and banners/flags labled Mr Dog's TIME MACHINE catches your attention and you decide to try it out. When you walk in, tens upon tens of shelves meet your eyes and a small weaselly man standing behind a table declares he will choose a volunteer and a moment later a bony finger is directed at you. "Young man,come up and look back into time. What do you wish to see?"
"Th...th...the Stone Age please."
The man hastily arranged a few dials and you step up and look into the box where your eyes are met by cave-men walking around,farming,hunting and other things. You remove your head from the box and say,
"That was brilliant!" Then someone else stepped up, looked into the box and said "WOW! Hang on it's gone."
Then you say, "It's a mmm!" as he grabs your mouth.
"Don't ruin me".
Startled, you run out of the tent and move on.
Go to the red brolly
Chapter three

Wibbly wobbly timey wimey

Strolling past crazy stalls, you see something that catches your eye. A sparkling futuristic tent with people and luminous green robots formicating around it. As you approach this stall you hear a small man yelling "Come and see my spentabulous new invention...A TIME MACHINE!" Behind him there was a large golden machine with three seats, lots of buttons and a purple flashing light. "Do I have a volenteer. Yes you!" He exclaimed, his podgy finger pointed towards a small boy at the back. "Young lad, can you hop onto that doo-hickey behind me and press a few buttons."
"But would that be dangerous?" The boy said nervously.
"Total flapdoodle! This is perfectly safe, I tested this on a couple of monkeys, they only came back with their fur shaded with a slight tinge of blue. Now get on!" The boy tried to protest but eventually gave in. You watch as the boy clambers onto the contraption and Jabs a few buttons with his small hands. A small siren starts, the purple light turns pink, then POOF! The boy - and the machine disappear into thin air! You Wait for a couple of minutes. Suddenly, BANG, SPLATTER, POOF! Covered in luminous orange jelly, the boy and the machine reappear. The jelly then explodes. At that point you decide to back off into the crowd, leaving the small man yelling "NO NO NO!" The little boy giggling with enjoyment, and the machine smouldering in the background...
Go to the orange brolly
Chapter four

Invisible Merchandise

You are walking along past stalls with titles such as: 'Mollie's Maledictions' and 'The Amazing Waldo; Nettle Farmer' when your attention is caught by a stall that has a banner over it that reads 'Ed Invisible'. You look inside.
You see a table with white matchboxes that had red, spindly writing on, and rows of stacked test tubes containing a purple liquid with bubbles in. Next to the table, you see a rack of what appears to be white biohazard suits with black masks hanging on a coat hook above.
A mawkish, noisome voice startles you. You shiver at it's halitosis.
"Would you like to try some of my Invisible Merchandise for free?" Ask the voice. You shake your head and hastily return to the safety of the crowd as the voice asks the gathered audience the same question.
When you turn around you see a young man standing next to a bunch of floating clothes - you realise this must be Ed Invisible. (Normally, you would have been surprised, but you have learnt to expect the unexpected at this Inventors Fair.)
"This young man," says Ed, clasping the young man on the shoulder with a gloved - invisible - hand;
"Will try my miracle pills, that make you invisible for fourty-eight hours!"
The young man, who is looking decidedly nervous, swallows the pills Ed has produced. Galvanizingly, the man is encompassed in a golden aura and starts to hiccup violently and then, slowly, starts to fade - him and the aura - until he is invisible and only a faint gold glow remains of the aura. You walk away quickly, as you think something horrible might happen.
Go to the blue brolly
Chapter five

The Tappy Cat Boots

"The Tappy Boots look just like real boots- but don't be that silly! These boots make your cat tapdance! They also have food and toys attached to cater your cat's every need!"

You see a high pillar of shelves. They make you strangly dazed as you gaze at the sky blue starry stall. An old woman named Mrs Bus is checking sales with an inventor who goes by the name of Mr Taxi. He is holding up a pair of boots that look particularly small. You wonder what they are... at least... you did. Mr Taxi is exclaiming to the crowd "Look at my cat! She's tapdancing!"
You pick up the boots. They have the letters'C' and 'B' engraved on the front. You then turn the boot around, to reveal a small door with a button next to it. You press the button. A robotic voice sounding speaks "No Food Inserted!" You place the cat shoes back where you found them.
Mrs Bus's brain has somehow lead her to believe that the pillar was just thin air; and that she could just walk through it. The pillar tilts forwards - then backwards - then, woah! The pillar just tumbles down. You run to safety, managing to catch a few cats on the way. You leave with your own new personal pets...
"Not just yet!" Came a voice from a location, yet to be identified.
"You still have one more trial to undergo..."
"Trail?" You ask.
Yes... Trial."
Suddenly, you are surrounded by a large horde of cats - not just pet cats.
Ocelots, Tigers, Leopards, Cheetas - you are shocked by the sudden arrival of these creatures. They start to rapidly charge towards you. "Myarroowww!" Is an accurate impression of the noises the animals made. Surprisingly, they don't attack you. They just escort you to the exit. "Congratulations..." Speaks the voice. "Passed."

Go to the Stone
Chapter six


You pass quite a few exhibits in the next hour, one called ‘the Big Ear' which appeared to be exactly what it said and would help you listen over great distances. They obviously hadn't invented the telephone yet!

Another stall was called the thinking machine, which listened and thought but little more. The inventor seemed embarrassed as he'd yet to invent the answer machine, which even he admitted would be far more useful.

Then finally you come across the Boot-o-matic an incredible machine which was lacing up boots on volunteers left right and centre. You sit in the chair yourself with your shoe laces undone and the tiny little machine ties them up in a flash. You are so impressed that you undo them quickly again and the Boot-O-Matic has them re done, just like that.

Of all the inventions that would save some time in the morning perhaps this was one which would in fact be truly useful. But then you notice the person getting into the chair after you with Velcro straps on his shoes and a cheeky grin on his face, I wonder how the Boot-O-Matic will deal with that!

So make a mark on your voting slip, have a chat between each other as to what you think.

Now over to the exit to meet the Orator and hand in your voting slips.
Go to the purple brolly
Chapter seven

The Stop - Time Stopwatch!

You turn around and a sign which says 'Stop - Time Stopwatches!' As you approach the stall, you see a colossal clock above a gigantic stage with at the back shelves and shelves of small stopwatches and there was another sign which said 'For sale £40 each!'
Then suddenly the most incredible thing happens, you see thousands and thousands of people start running over to the magnificent stall, crowding around the stage excitedly.
Immediately, you see a clever-looking little man named Professor Quirky; everybody thinks "Who is this man? What is going to happen?" You see him take out a small stopwatch identical to the others and say "I will give out free stopwatches to everyone!"
As he throws stopwatches into the crowd as you hear everybody cheer. You see some people atempt to use it but then yell angrily "Hey! These don't actually stop time this is a hoax!" You see this is turning into a riot as people storm the stage, throwing the small timepieces at the Proffesor and then throw him out of the entrance, so you move on to another magnificent, amazing and brilliant stall.

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.
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