We are a small home run family business passionate about inspiring creativity and imagination in children.
Fleggybobs have been designed to do this using fun stories and craft activities. Once children are gripped by these mischievous creatures they soon start to create ideas and stories all of their own.
By buying a Handbook you can help us offer The Fleggybob Workshop free to schools and children’s groups.
Like some of the most interesting ideas, Fleggybobs comes from humble beginnings and was more stumbled upon than backed up by a boring business plan or corporate desire to conquer a market…
In fact, the idea came about when Jenny – creator, author, crafter and still Fleggybobs’ number one fan – wanted to help raise funds to her son’s school:
“I wanted a way to help raise money for some new playground equipment for Fleggburgh Primary school. I offered to do a craft stall at the local craft fair and asked other parents for donations of craft materials. I’d originally planned to make a teddy out of pom-poms made from the donated wool bundles but I soon realised, well after a good few hours, that I’d been a bit ambitious, so decided to put a face and feet on my efforts and create a new creature. I called it a Fleggybob after the school and village name (and I’m of an age that can remember Fingerbob!!)
“I went from thinking of a name to creating a whole back story of where my newly named Fleggybob lived, how it came down from the attic at night to nibble on bits and bobs, the songs it sang, and before you know it the idea of Fleggybobs had literally grown legs and I’d opened up a whole can of worms for these woollen companions!
“Unbeknown to me the head teacher took it into school and told the children all about the Fleggybobs in the attic and if they wanted one then they’d be available to buy one at the craft fair. I’d only made a handful thinking that a few children might feign an interest but on the day there was a queue of around 70 children! We had to take orders to make sure that every new-found Fleggybob fan would get their hands on one.
“Children kept asking me all sorts of questions about Fleggybobs: what they ate, where they slept and much more. As a child I remember writing a book on how to look after your pet worm, so I developed this into Fleggybobs – The Handbook. The first copies were photocopied in black and white and stapled together – J.K. Rowling eat your heart out!
“I had done a children’s writing course and sent a copy to my tutor. He encouraged me to get some business advice and so, with the help of friends and family, I went on to self-publish The Handbook. I decided to put instructions on how to make your own Fleggybob and supply a kit with all the necessary bits to make a mini Fleggybob.
“This was mainly borne out of my fatigued fingers from making Fleggybob after Fleggybob, but also because I was passionate about children using their imaginations and getting creative in a hands-on way. That’s why I put the birth certificate in the kits – it gave the activity a different dimension whilst personalising it. I realised the more Fleggybobs that were made the more questions children were having about them: how they came to be in schools, why they sing at night and many more. So I wrote Fleggybobs – The First, the story of the first ever Fleggybob and how he came to make a friend. I wanted it to be a fun story connected to the Norfolk area.
“The story also dealt with issues like fitting in. The children at school were getting super excited about them and the reception teacher was using it as a settling in activity for the new kids. That’s why I developed the Big Book and materials to make 100s of Fleggybobs.
“At a time when Google was still a noun rather than a verb and you’d be going down the doctors if something went viral, I never really expected the idea of Fleggybobs to be talked about outside of the school let alone beyond the borders of Norfolk! The local media picked up on Fleggybob fever and I endearingly became known as the Fleggy lady.
“Then came the Fleggybobs really big break. Heathrow airport had a minor incident which delayed lots of very bored children. Their emergency team had been instructed to find a toy manufacturer with unique activity kits to give to the children. They somehow came across my website and ordered several thousand books and kits. I spent the whole night packing them! As a result of this the Fleggybobs flew off all over the UK and abroad.
“I had enquiries from all over the place asking me to go and do what was now known as a Fleggy Workshop at their school or children’s club or party. I couldn’t manage this by myself so I enlisted children’s entertainers to go and do it on my behalf.
“The Fleggy phenomenon grew. I had letters and emails from children, parents and teachers alike from all over the country, some abroad, telling me Fleggy tales – tales of Fleggybobs helping children overcome a fear of school, and parents who loved having an alternative to TV and computer games. From festive Fleggybobs to themed ones, so many people seemed to have caught Fleggybob fever – even royalty! A school in Windsor sent the Queen one for her 80th birthday and received an official letter thanking them for the Fleggybob and saying that she hoped her corgis would make friends with it.
“It seems Fleggybobs have a somewhat philanthropic side too, with hundreds making their way to African schools as well as Polish and Romanian Orphanages.
“They’ve also proved useful tools for tackling mental health in children and because of the unexpectedly important role they were playing in children’s development and emotional wellbeing I knew I couldn’t let Fleggybobs fade away.
“Every child deserves to dream up a world filled with friends, adventures and have access to these imaginative and infectious characters. That’s why I’ve decided to give the workshops as freely as possible to schools and children’s clubs. To do this I need the support of the great British public in buying the books and kits to help spread the word and keep the Fleggybob spirit alive.”
Our books tell you all you need to know about Fleggybobs and come with a kit and instructions on how to make your very own Fleggybob.
Download instructions to make your own Fleggybob, sing the fleggy song, recite the fleggy poem and dance a flegtastic dance!
Fleggybobs are a small home run family business passionate about inspiring creativity and imagination in children using fun stories and craft activities.