Imaginary worlds: Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero

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By Jean Evansearly years consultant and author

By day, Eliot Jones is a quiet boy who likes to read and play with his toys, but when the clock strikes midnight, Eliot is transformed into a superhero…

Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero

Reading for Life

This spring sees the launch of the Reading for Life campaign by the National Literacy Trust, the Reading Agency and supporting organisations, including Scholastic. The campaign will continue the work of the 2008 National Year of Reading, to help improve the life opportunities of people in most need through reading.

One of the main key target audiences is pre-school children, so to celebrate this new reading campaign, we have provided some wonderful activity ideas based on the book Eliot Jones, Midnight Superhero by Anne Cottringer and quirkily illustrated by Alex T Smith (Scholastic), to tie in with this month’s theme of ‘Imaginary worlds’.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Read the story to the children. Draw their attention to the superhero actions that Eliot carries out, such as ‘hanging out of helicopters’ and ‘returning teddies to babies’. Invite the children to think of ways that they could be superheroes. Who would they help? What would they do?
  • Discuss Eliot’s superhero actions in order to emphasise the difference between real actions and pretend ones. Talk about the dangers of hanging from helicopters, skiing down glaciers, taming lions, diving into towering waves and piloting a supersonic jet. Decide together how these actions can be safely represented through pretend play and movement.
  • Read the note, ‘You were saved today by Eliot’, from inside the front and back cover. Print out stickers for the children to give to anyone they have helped saying, ‘You were helped today by …........ . Have a nice day!’. Ask the children to write their name on the dotted line and sign each sticker.
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