About this book

Title: Room on the broom
Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books
Recommended age: 
5 – 10 years

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What is this book great for?

  • Reviewing the animals
  • Appreciating diversity
  • Learning about empathy and problem solving
  • Working on togetherness and team work


A witch flies happily over fields and mountains with her cat on her broom. A stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow and wand. Some helpful animals help the witch finding her belongings and will ask her for a ride on her broom. She welcomes a dog, a bird and a frog on her broomstick. However, the broom is too heavy and snaps in two… All the characters tumble into a bog while a hungry dragon appears and tries to eat the witch. The animals will have to use their wit to help the witch getting rid of the dragon. Will they make it?

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Teaching activities

ROOM ON THE BROOM PUPPETS – Would you like to play with the witch, the dog, the cat, the bird and the frog? You can download these character props and add a lollipop stick to them. The result? Your own Room on the broom puppets. Creativity is the key; our children could create endless stories with these props. You will find this and more resources in the official website of Room on the broom.
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THE ANIMALS OF THE BROOM– What animals appear in this story? In this worksheet you will have to circle or mark them with an X. We will contribute to develop our students’ fine motor skills and work on animal recognition.
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BROOM WORDSEARCH – In this wordsearch you will need to find all the animals in this story. Good resource to encourage pre-reading and pre-writing as we contribute to improve fine motor skills.
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THE WITCH AND HER WAND – The wind blew so wildly that the witch lost her wand… Would you help her find it through this maze? A fantastic way to improve orientation and mobility skills while improving fine motor skills.
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MY WAND- Would you like to have your own wand like the witch? Let’s get crafty! You will only need a straw and some foamy. Draw a star with a pencil on your foamy, cut it carefully and stick it to your straw. Older children can work accurately on this simple craft while developing fine motor skills.

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