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The Lolly Shop is a wondrous and imaginative story loaded with sweet fun and excitement, and themes of bravery, teamwork, family support and creative problem solving at the heart of it. This book is full of pure joy with its wild wishes of magical powers coming true and the potential for opportunities of creativity and incorporating STEM in exciting ways. A family story by Lauren Hackney and her sons, B. and E. Hackney, The Lolly Shop‘s selections of fun are endless!


Before Reading –

What are your favourite kinds of sweet treats?

If you could have any magical power, what would it be and why?

Look at the cover of The Lolly Shop. What do you see? How does it make you feel? What do you think might happen in this story?

What would you do if you could combine magic and lollies? What kinds of things would be advantageous and disadvantageous?

After Reading –

What would you ask Ethan and Baxter about running a lolly store?

What did you like about the story? How did it make you feel? What did it make you wonder about?

What are the best things about using your imagination and being creative? How can they help people, especially in tricky situations?

Do you think the adults had good reasons to complain about the magic lollies? Why or why not? Do you think there was an effective resolution in the end?

What does this story inspire you to try?


Lolly Brainstorm Mind Map

English Year 3 & 4: Literature(ACELT1594)(ACELT1602)(ACELT1603)(ACELT1605) Literacy(ACELY1686)(ACELY1680)(ACELY1692)(ACELY1682)(ACELY1694)

Centred around the title, ‘Magical Lollies’, create a brainstorming mind map of all the different kinds of lollies you can think of and what their associated magical power might be. For example, in the story, a rocket candy caused speed running, a gob stopper caused invisibility, jellybeans resulted in high jumping, and so on. Be creative, and extend further to describe how the lolly might help people in need.

Narrative: Magical Lollies

English Year 3 & 4: Language – (ACELA1475)(ACELA1498) Literature – (ACELT1594)(ACELT1602)(ACELT1605)(ACELT1601)(ACELT1791)(ACELT1607)(ACELT1794) Literacy – (ACELY1678)(ACELY1680)(ACELY1682)(ACELY1694)(ACELY1695)

Using some of the ideas explored in the mind map exercise, create your own narrative where you imagine a world full of sugar and magic. Explore other book titles with similar themes for inspiration, or use your own imagination! Include the 5Ws and H, character development, set it out with a beginning, middle and end and plot tension, include the conflict, resolution and conclusion, and don’t forget to start with a sizzling start and include some impressive WOW words and interesting dialogue! Illustrate and share.

Exploring STEAM in the Kitchen!

Year 3 & 4 Science: Chemical sciences(ACSSU046)(ACSSU074) Physical sciences – (ACSSU049) (ACSSU076) Science as a Human Endeavour(ACSHE050)(ACSHE061) Science Inquiry Skills(ACSIS053)(ACSIS064)(ACSIS054)(ACSIS065)(ACSIS057)(ACSIS216)(ACSIS058)(ACSIS060)(ACSIS071)

Year 3 & 4 Design and Technology: Knowledge and Understanding(ACTDEK010)(ACTDEK011)(ACTDEK012)(ACTDEK013) Processes and Production Skills(ACTDEP014)(ACTDEP015)(ACTDEP016)(ACTDEP017)(ACTDEP018)

There are LOADS of cool candy science or STEM activities you can try that are both fun and educational for children of all ages (and adults, too!). We have some AMAZING video tutorials from author Lauren Hackney that involve the sweetness of chocolate and sugar – find them below.

And here are some links to awesome experiments on the net.

  • Learn about the ionic bond between molecules that form a repeating pattern and structure when creating SUGAR CRYSTALS!
  • Create a SKITTLES RAINBOW in this STEAM activity using primary-coloured Skittles in water. As the hot water dissolves the sugar coating of the Skittles, it moves around the plate to create interesting rainbow pattern effects.
  • GROW YOUR OWN GUMMI BEARS with this exciting science experiment! By the process of osmosis, compare the results of placing gummi bears into cooled hot plain water and cooled hot salt water. Predict what might happen after a few hours. Experiment with varying amounts of salt in the water to compare results.
  • Design and create your own lolly boat with this fun MARSHMALLOW ENGINEERING CHALLENGE. Using a range of household items, and large marshmallows, design and build a boat that is aimed to float in water. Discuss the properties of the materials and predict how each will respond in water. For example, will it float or sink, soak or resist water, stay upright or topple, etc.

NOW for the video tutorials, created by Lauren Hackney! Enjoy! Yum! ;p

BONUS! Even more fun from THE LOLLY SHOP!

Download and print the activity sheets for more magical lolly goodness…

The Lolly Shop is written by Lauren Hackney, illustrations by B. and E. Hackney. Published by LBE Hackney. Notes prepared by Romi Sharp.

Reference: Australian Curriculum

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THE LOLLY SHOP is available for purchase through: Lauren’s SHOP | Amazon (Book 1) | Amazon (Book 2)Booktopia | Local and independent book stores

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