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Room on the Broom

What you need

  • The story of ‘Room on the Broom’, read by Paige
  • Drawing tools
  • Your imagination!


Language development: ‘Room on the Broom’ has a great rhythm and has elements of repetition, which young children are able to follow so they can join in with the reading.

The experience

Sit somewhere comfortably with your child; watch and listen to the story, pausing to allow for discussion, or if you have the book available, look at the cover of the book and have a chat about what the story might be about.

The wonderful book, ‘Room on the Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, talks about a witch and her cat. They fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. One after the next climbs on, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?

If you wish to extend this activity, you could draw or paint a picture of the witch and her animals, or the dragon that they encounter. Maybe you could draw a map showing where the witch and the animals travelled to.

Have fun!