Mike shares his techniques on using story bags for telling stories to children. With his trusted helper the little soft mouse, he takes us on an entertaining journey through songs and stories. In this video Mike says 'you will get something in the post', this refers to the live project that ran in Nov 2020, where participants were send two story props, a story bag and a mouse. You can make your own by following the guides below.
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Our step-by-step story prop guides are all about reusing and recycling materials you have at home. To accompany Mike's video the craft activities include making a storybag from a cotton shopping bag and mouse from a sock.
The guides can be viewed and downloaded by selecting the image or button below.
“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. I suppose it’s an early form of participation in what goes on. Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.”
Eudora Welty, writer, novelist and photographer
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This collection of links will take you to articles and interviews about the benefits of storytelling in early years from perspective of storytellers, parents and researchers.
In this article from EYFS best practice Nursery World. Storyteller Mary Medlicott explores the benefits of storytelling and discusses practical ideas to help you tell stories to very young children.
This BBC article and short documentary explore the importance of storytelling in developing literacy and how storytelling can help shape young children's worlds.