Monday, 2 February 2015

National Storytelling Week

I haven't had much time for blogging lately! My life seems to be a whirlwind of revision, assessments and essay writing! Not that I'm complaining as it'll all be worth it if I get accepted into my first choice university for Primary Teaching (my interview is on the 11th February - wish me luck!)

However! This week is 
National Storytelling week (31st Jan - 7th Feb) 
and I felt inspired to post a few ideas...

An inviting area for reading and story telling

Have the children help you to set up a snugly, cosy reading area using soft rugs and cushions. Drape soft voil around the area and include fairy lights to make the area even more magical.
Remember to create spaces for reading outside in your garden as well as indoors!

I adore this reading area from 'sew inspired'  

And this lovely cosy area uploaded by Rebecca Warren: (

Story of the week

Do your children have a favourite story? Choose a book together to read throughout the week and use this story in particular to inspire artwork, song time and role play.

A story table is a lovely resource for small world story play. Provide small world characters, props and anything you need to make up the landscape of the story.

Variations on the traditional 'Story time'

  • Telling a story without a book
  • Using puppets and props
  • Acting out the story
  • Using musical instruments as each character
  • Whiteboard stories

Why not go out for a walk and re-enact the story of 'We're going on a Bear hunt'? Find some long 'swishy swashy' grass, a puddle to splash through, some squelchy mud and bring the story to life!

Another way to get moving is to tell a story through music and movement. One of my favourite stories for this is 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. Now, this requires some pre-planning because you'll need to find some pieces of music which you feel suit each part of the story (such as loud, rhythmic music for the giant or gentle harp music for when Jack finds the magic instrument). Think up some actions and movements – and let the children come up with some of their own!

Links with home

Story sacks are wonderful for allowing children to share and continue learning at home with their families.

Why not also have the children to begin writing/ drawing/ telling their own stories (or diaries) where they can discuss events that have occurred both at home and at nursery.

Sharing is caring

For your more able children who can either read, or are confident to tell a story from memory or using pictures – allow them to visit siblings/ children within the younger nursery rooms and share a good book!

Group times/ together times

Allow the children to bring in their favourite books from home and share them together for group time.

Or how about a circle time game when each person tells a little part of the story, for example:

Person 1: Once upon a time there was a frog...
Person 2: … who went for a walk...
Person 3:... and found a magic wand...

(This one may need a bit more support and guidance but can be ever so much fun and can result in plenty of giggles and silliness!)


Lastly, why not have a special story day or party where the children dress up as their favourite characters from a book or story? Don't forget to take photos of them and display them in your reading area!

Have a lovely week everyone! 

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