The great big enormous turnip

This is a story of a well known nursery tale and it is told with a string game. I include links here for the two string games that I use: the ‘yam thief’ and the ‘cup and saucer’. Although my hands are busy, I am able to make eye contact with the children at regular intervals for long periods and of course, there are plenty of opportunities for predictions about what will happen, and questions about how the animals might sound, and the repetitive pattern invites the children to participate. The clapping also engages them and enables them to be engaged with their eyes, their hands and their voices! a win win!

How to make papier mache pulp to create storytelling people and props!

This is part one of three tutorials about how to make papier mache pulp with children.In part one we make the basic pulp. In part two we will shape it, create a surface that is easily painted on it once it’s dry, and part three will show the variety of ways the pulp can be used for making people,bridges, trolls, animals. Also I will demonstrate how to use the pulp to strengthen and reinforce larger constructions like castle, theatres and mini kingdoms! Please subscribe to my youtube channel (it doesn’t cost you anything!) and also check out the Tibetan folk tale that incorporates some little papier mache people, soldiers, and ‘wise men’!

Back of Burnie’s Hill

A lovely simple finger play to tell. It has the same sort of pattern as the house that jack built, as each ‘image’ leads logically to the next. Great for neural pathways, and if you have trouble remembering the sequence, just draw a little image of each stage and then you and the children can ‘read’ it while telling the story together, using your hands and your eyes and your imaginations!