Jack and the Flum Flum Tree

Age Range: 5 - 11

Jack's Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the fantastic flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose.

It's a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail, with a motley crew of only three -- and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing-gum to tent pegs. But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey?

Book Author: Julia Donaldson

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Look through the book to find examples of rhyming words.
  • Imagine that you were going on the voyage with Jack to the Isle of Blowyernose. Make a list of the things that you would need to take with you.
  • Make a table to show the things that Jack took with him and describe how they were used.
  • Can you find any examples of onomatopoeia in the story?
  • Rewrite the story from Jack's point of view.
  • A set of Thinking Hat resources have kindly been contributed by Peter Fogarty (see Resources below).


  • Think about the items that Jack takes in the patchwork sack. What materials are they made from? How did this help Jack to use them in the story?
  • Make a list of different types of fruit and where they grow.


  • Could you rehearse and film your own retelling of this story. Watch this video for some ideas:

Design Technology

  • Make a model of the boat that Jack builds.
  • Look at the tools that Jack uses to build his boat. What are they and how are they used?
  • Make a small patchwork sack to hold some of the things that Jack will need on the journey.


  • Look at the different colour and shades used in the story. Can you use different art materials to create shades of the same colour?
  • Imagine a new type of tree that nobody has ever seen before and create a picture of it.


  • Compose the tune that the children use to stop the monkey stealing the flumflum.


  • Draw a map to help Jack get to the Isle of Blowyernose.


  • Granny caught the moozles. Make a poster to teach people how to stay healthy and try to avoid catching colds.


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Excellent ideas.

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