Whilst drawing ‘Atlas of Adventures’, Lucy had lots of fun learning about all the different things you can see and do around the world. Here you can create your own adventures stories with these ‘World Map Worksheets’


What To Do:

1. Print out the three drawing worksheets and choose a selection of your favourite adventure icons. Finish off the drawings, using my original black and white sketches as a guide.

2. Why not also create some icons of your own? Think about an adventure you’ve been on (e.g. your most recent holiday) – this can be real or imaginary. Where was it? What did you do and who did you meet? Draw some small pictures of the things you saw there.


3. Colour in your drawings with felt-tips or crayons, then cut around them carefully with scissors.


4. Once you’ve got your adventure icons ready, print out the blank world map sheet.

5. Place your drawings loosely on top of the map until you are happy with the layout.

Think about what countries your different adventures take place in – you can use the ‘Atlas of Adventures’ book to help if you get stuck. Have fun creating stories with the pictures, like layering your drawings on top of each other and making your characters interact on the page.

6. Once you’ve pieced together your drawings, stick them down with glue or blue-tack. Ta-da! You’ve created your very own mini map of adventures!


1. Pritt stick glue

2. Coloured tissue paper (light green, dark green, blue, and yellow or orange)

3. One sheet of tracing paper

4. Safety scissors


1. Make sure you have your glue, tissue paper, tracing paper and scissors ready.

2. Choose a jungley colour from your tissue paper and cut out some leafy shapes. Try and cut out small leaves AND bigger leaves.

3. Start glueing the leaves down onto your tracing paper, making a collage of jungle leaves.

4. Choose another two or three jungle colours and cut out some more leafy shapes from them. Glue them all down onto your page and try to layer and overlap the leaves as much as possible.

5. Now find your orange or yellow tissue paper, and cut out a round circle for the sun. Tip: find an object to draw around to get a nice round circle (like a jam jar or a cup).

6. Stick your bright sun onto the tracing paper ANYWHERE you like.

7. Now all you have to do is find a way to hang it in front of a window, so the sun can shine through and illuminate it!

Can you write a ‘personification poem’? Have a read of the poem in the photograph above, then follow the tips below to guide you through composing your own poem. ‘Six Facts of Life’ is from my poetry collection called ‘My Life as a Goldfish’.

Now YOU create your OWN poem!

NOTE: Your poem does not have to rhyme and you can use as many ‘facts’ as you want!

1. CHOOSE a season – Spring, Summer, Autumn or Winter.

2. WRITE down as many facts you can think of about that season.

For example: what the weather is like, what animals might do at that time of year, what happens to the flowers and trees, how people behave in that season – as well as celebrations at that time of year.

3. Now IMAGINE the season was a person and ask yourself…
Is it a man or woman?
Are they mean, friendly, bossy, mysterious etc?
When might you first meet them?
What might they wear?
How do they move around?
How do they use their powers – for good or for bad?

4. Combine your with interesting made-up details. Make your season really come alive!

5. At the end of the poem, maybe you can add something that they might say to you. What sort of voice would they have?

When I wrote ‘Tall Story’, I wove several legends into the story. In my native Philippines, a lot of our storytelling has to do with legends that explain the origins of things. I made this video soon after ‘Tall Story’ was published to explain how to write a legend. I hope you have a go, because it’s a lot of fun!


Make your own giraffe mask from a cardboard template and choose various coloured papers to make the giraffe patterns (old magazine pages work well). No giraffes have exactly the same pattern but be sure to keep to giraffe colours.

You can add extra details with pen or crayon. Instead of using elastic to tie the mask around your head, use a gardening stick or dowel and tape it to the back of the mask so you can hold the mask in front of your face and feel you are truly taking on the face of a giraffe.

If you are doing this in a group, have a giraffe parade to music and walk slowly with a sway as if you’re walking through the African desert or through the French countryside just like Zeraffa did. You might like to stop and turn and face each other so you can see what others have made. Finally perhaps you can bow to each other stretching your necks out long just as giraffes might do if they walked together in a group on a long journey.

The mask in the picture was made when the illustrator Jane Ray and I did a combined workshop.

Start by cutting out this bird shape

Next cut or tear paper feathers. You can use old wrapping paper, or pages from colour magazines.


Stick the feathers on the bird. Add some real feathers…

Add a googly eye and a golden beak and some sequins.


Make a hole and thread some ribbon to hang your bird up!