The Great Big Turnip

The Giant Turnip is a 19th century children’s tale that originates from Russia, but has since been retold by many people including, most notably, Ladybird Books. The story varies, but the traditional story tells the tale of a farmer who plants a turnip and when harvest time comes he can’t pull it out of the ground himself, so he asks a variety of people (and animals) to help him. This story has been a firm favourite with children for many years and could be used during a PSED lesson to illustrate the importance of helping others and asking for help.


This section contains a selection of teaching resources designed to support the teaching of The Great Big Turnip in schools and early years settings.