Creativity Challenge

Spend as much or as little time on it as you’ve got to spare. It could keep all of the family busy over the next month.

Gawain & The Green Knight go topsy-turvy

This challenge is to make your own topsy-turvy doll and tell the story or one of the scenes from the story of Gawain & The Green Knight.

So what is a Topsy-turvy doll?

It is 3 dolls in 1 – Here we have Little Red Riding Hood, Granny and a evil looking Big Bad Wolf.

Dating back to the 1960’s these “topsy-turvy” dolls were regularly used in storytimes in schools and libraries.

And below is a Cinderella doll with only two changes:

One in her rags, and one in her ballgown.

Just turn the dress inside-out to reveal her other self.

What is the story?

It is a 14th-century romance, one of the best known Arthurian stories.

The story survives in one manuscript, which includes three religious narrative poems. All four are written in a North West Midland dialect of Middle English.

You can find a synopsis on Wikipedia at

And you might like to watch this video. It was filmed at a Mythstories StoryCraft session back in 2009.

You can make a topsy-turvy doll, or dolls, of whatever character or characters you need to stage your chosen scene or scenes.

Here’s a few suggestions:

• The Green Knight – He changes from the regular size Knight in the hours of dark to a Green giant during the day and the giant needs a detatchable head.

• Morgan Le Fey and Lady Bertilak

• King Arthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

• Sir Gawain on his horse and off his horse

You can make your doll however you like, with fabric, wool, card, paper, recycled plastic – whatever materials you have to hand.

Below are some ideas the participants in “Mythstories – Let’s Create at Home” Facebook Group Page came up with…

Gawain and the Green Knight
In the making, and then Bertilak transforms into the Green Knight, who then is decapitated but keeps a sound grip on his head.

Accept the challenge and let your imagination and your creativity fly.