Julia Donaldson teaching resources

Julia Donaldson’s stories are consistent favourites among children, parents and teachers. Her delightful rhymes and repetition engage and entertain readers of many ages. Our contributors have certainly been inspired by her books and have shared some truly great resources and creative planning ideas.

Early Years

Build your own Gruffalo game

Players move around the board collecting jigsaw pieces to make their own Gruffalo.

Gruffalo self-registration

Pupils click on their names and watch the butterflies flutter around the Gruffalo scene.

Cross-curricular Gruffalo resources

Letters and numbers for display, writing practice sheets and a number activity.

Gruffalo Story Wheel

Turn the wheel to reveal each character and retell the story.

Gruffalo’s Child Sequencing

Put the images in the correct story order.

Gruffalo finger puppets

Cut out the Gruffalo characters and re-enact the story.

Gruffalo Mask

Print off, colour and get ready to scare other creatures!

Gruffalo Dominoes

Play a matching game with images from the Gruffalo.

Gruffalo Pre-School Pack

Gruffalo letters and numbers for display and games to print off and play.

Primary KS1


Julia Donaldson - Stories by the same author

Three weeks’ planning for the literacy unit ‘Stories by the Same Author’, for Year 2.

Julia Donaldson books - 3 week scheme

A 3 week literacy scheme based on Room on the Broom, The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child and The Smartest Giant in Town.

Julia Donaldson literacy plan for Year 2

Phase one of the ‘Stories by the Same Author’ unit for Year 2, based on Julia Donaldson.

Julia Donaldson books

A visual and simple worksheet for comparing books by the same author.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

Halving Problems

Find half of the things that the Gruffalo sees.

Comparing Numbers

The Gruffalo only wants the larger numbers but the Mouse would like the smaller numbers.

Word Mat

Gruffalo word mat to support writing.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child literacy plans

2 weeks of Literacy planning based on the Julia Donaldson books, for mixed Reception/Year 1 class.

The Gruffalo

A Smart notebook file focusing on description, questions and question marks, speech bubbles and speech marks.

Gruffalo missing words worksheet

A worksheet for KS1 children to fill in the missing words.

The Gruffalo

Worksheets looking at grammar and punctuation, leading to children creating their own description of the Gruffalo.

Make and bake a Gruffalo cake

Recipe and instructions to make and decorate an individual Gruffalo cake.

Character study for the Gruffalo

Illustrated activity aimed at Y2, for pupils to think of adjectives and write explanation sentences about each character’s behaviour.

The Gruffalo workbook - Widgit

A story sequencing book, where symbols are used to represent the characters and main events.

The Gruffalo

Pictures (and labels) of animals with the same features as the Gruffalo.

Map making of the deep dark wood

Create your own maps, using grid references for characters and natural features.

Gruffalo worksheets

Differentiated literacy worksheets for year 1. Write simple sentences using familiar, predictable language.

The Gruffalo treasure hunt

All the clues and resources needed to conduct a fun Gruffalo treasure hunt.

The Gruffalo flashcards

Flashcards/posters of what the Gruffalo looks like, to use for character description.


Other Texts by Julia Donaldson

A Squash and a Squeeze resources

Resources for word level work, guided reading and display.

Writing frame - Room on the Broom

Simple writing frame for pupils to add their own verses.

Room on the Broom - character feelings

Look at how the characters are feeling at particular points in the story and write a character profile of the witch.

Monkey Puzzle extended sentences

A Smart notebook file looking at extending sentences to include more interesting verbs and nouns and the use of -ly words.

What the Ladybird Heard

Language activities based on the book.

Narrative Planning - Years 1-2

Narrative planning and resources based on ‘The Snail and the Whale’, looking at character, setting and plot.

Video webchat with Julia Donaldson, October 2012

TES Primary KS1 English teaching resources

TES Primary KS2 English teaching resources