Family fun activity for the Summer Hols!

The Summer Holidays are now in full swing? Each week we're brining you a fun activity fusing stories with Mother Nature. Try this at home and send us what you made to our facebook page

Trot! Trot! Trot!  Over the Rickety Bridge!

I have very fond memories of reading the story of “The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” to my nieces and nephews when they were young.  They would cling together in excitement, ready for me to morph into a troll as the each of the Billy Goats tried to make their way over the bridge to get to the other side in one piece.

It is a Norwegian fairy tale that was first published between 1841-1844 and tells the tale of 3 goats who outwit a fearsome and ravenous old troll who lives under the bridge in their bid to get to a much grassier field. 

This story demonstrates what can be achieved when you show great courage and bravery and face your fears. It also teaches us not be greedy as the troll always wants something bigger, and is never satisfied which is ultimately his downfall in the end.


Trolls are originally from Norway and the first recorded troll was a female.

They can often have more than one head as many as 7 heads have been recorded!.

If you are ever unfortunate enough to be attacked by a troll, the best way to survive is to keep them talking.

Trolls are active at night. If you can keep one entertained until sunrise, it will turn to stone.

They tend to live in caves, under bridges or underground.

A troll can live up to 1,200 years.


What we would like you to do is to go outside and make your very own troll with all the things from nature that you can find, then post it on our Settle Stories Facebook page. Get all your friends to make trolls too, the more trolls the better as they feel happier living amongst friends.

We look forward seeing all your amazing creations soon. At the end of the Summer we'll be looking at contributions from all the family activities (found on our blog) on our Facebook page. Our favourite one will win a free forest school storytelling session in Settle at a mutually agreed time with Jane Corbett. Tell all your friends about the competition and get them to join in the fun too. The more the merrier.

Good Luck from us all at Settle Stories and we can't wait to see what you make.

We hope the troll we spotted in North Yorkshire pictured above gives you some inspiration.

We will post a new activity next week. In the mean time if you missed our The 3 Little Pigs activity last week, do check it out here.

Written by volunteer writer Jane Corbett