Swallows and Amazons

The LitWits Kit for Arthur Ransome’s

Swallows and Amazons

Cover of The LitWits Kit for Arthur Ransome's SWALLOWS AND AMAZONSThere won’t be any duffers on board during your exploration of this British favorite! You and your students will become intrepid explorers as you build your own Swallows, learn shipbuilding terms, earn “island badges” in a relay that involves belting out “Spanish Ladies,”sample smashed-fly biscuits and “grog,” and more!

Experiences and objects straight from the story help kids “get into it” and learn without trying.  When they see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they naturally understand more. Better yet — they want to read more!

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

For more details, read the Description and Ways to Use This Kit below.

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Kits are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.


This LitWits Kit is the product of 80-100 hours of immersion workshop planning.  It’s jam-packed with fun, hands-on ways to engage kids in Swallows and Amazons! Each kit includes:

  • Sensory prop suggestions
  • Project and activity ideas
  • Takeaway topics connecting to hands-on experiences
  • Academic handouts with keys

Expanded Edition Kits also include detailed directions and supply lists, discussion guides, and workshop planning help.

By engaging with a great book in hands-on, enjoyable, memorable ways, kids learn without trying.  Most importantly, they want to read more.


Ways to Use This Kit

Here are a few options for classroom teachers and homeschoolers:

  • Pull projects, activities, and handouts as needed to stimulate interest, reinforce a concept, or take a break from reading.
  • Use a suggested prop to trigger a conversation. Ask your kids if they know what the item is, and why it’s significant in the story. You might discover a theme together!
  • Casually bring up a question from a handout at recess or over dinner, and let the discussion grow from there. Take advantage of tangential learning opportunities!
  • Do the projects and activities as the book is being read, or after as a reward.
  • Use one or more prop ideas to support specific learning goals, such as spelling or social studies.
  • Have your kids research a particular prop in more depth – learn its history and usage, and write a report.
  • Enjoy the arts and crafts projects as a family or in an after-care group.
  • Set up the book display in the classroom or living room, and invite your kids to contribute their own story-related items each day.

Decide what works best for your classroom or family! Your quest is to make great books fun and memorable for kids – so they’ll want to read more.

The adventure, though, is up to you. Off you go!


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The LitWits Kit for
Arthur Ransome’s
Swallows and Amazons

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