The Girl Who Cried Wolf

Here is another of our safeguarding storiesThe girl who cried wolf

This story takes the story of the Boy Who Cried Wolf and changes it to include a girl called Princess Arabella. The princess is bored so she decides to swap places with the shepherd. But again she is bored so she starts lying to get the villagers to come up the mountain. Until a dragon comes and the villagers don’t believe her.
Once we looked at the similarities Continue reading

Who’s Bad and Who’s Good Little Red Riding Hood

Who's bad and who's good little red riding hoodThis is the second in our safeguarding fairy tales. series.  This story is a fantastic way of talking to children about stranger danger in a non frightening way. I always find this a hard subject to tackle because you want to make the children understand that not everyone is good but you also don’t want to frighten them or make them feel that they can’t ask for help if they need it.

The story is very funny, it is a real twist on the version we all know. Continue reading

Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf

Whilst preparing for a Safeguarding Through Stories workshop I came across a set of books that I think are an absolutely fabulous way of introducing safeguarding and personal development topics through fairytales. Plus they are very funny entertaining stories, they certainly had me laughing out loud.  They are great for early years through to Key Stage 1. I’m also using them in a literacy context to look at different versions of well known stories. We love them so much we’ve put the whole set of 12 books in our online bookshop.

Snow White and the Very Angry DwarfI’ll be writing a post with a craft activity for each of the books over the coming weeks. Our first story is Snow White and the Very Angry Dwarf, the story looks at anger management. This is a good story for observing reactions and children may tell you about someone who is often angry, which you may wish to investigate further. It is also good for looking at strategies they can use when they are angry.

After telling the story we discussed the similarities and differences between this version and the version of the story they know. Continue reading

Jack and the Beanstalk featuring The Big Friendly Giant

revolting-rhymesInspired by Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes my year 2 group this week created an alternative version of Jack and the Beanstalk. Creating stories on the fly is not something I have done with this group before, we we started the session by making the characters of the story they did know.

For the character templates please see our traditional tales blog on Jack and the Beanstalk. Continue reading

Jack and the Beanstalk

jack-and-the-beanstalk-activity-2This perennial favourite traditional tale that needed no introduction from me. We got straight on with making the characters.

You can download the character templates here.

I went to my local fabric shop Continue reading

Mermaid stories and activities – learning to swim

We continue our ‘Under the Sea’ theme this week with mermaids. Children are always fascinated by mermaids, are they real, are they not?

Mermaid 2Michael Morpurgo Mairis mermaidI’ve used this week’s mermaid activity for a number of mermaid stories. This week’s story is Michael Morpurgo’s Mairi’s Mermaid. Continue reading

Craft Diary – Cinderella

This week sees the start of a series of sessions I am going to be doing on fairy stories. I have a year two group this half term so I thought it would be good for them to see what fairy stories are and the common themes used in them. So we start with a classic Cinderella.





All the fairy tale stories I’m using are taken from the Usborne Illustrated Fairy Tales.

Illustrated fairy tales




To make the puppets.

I created a dress template and a suit template for the boys and girls which I adapted from our Early Years Create and Show puppets.

Boy puppet

Girl puppet

We decorate the clothing by drawing round the templates onto fabric and then sticking them on.

Next we stuck the clothing to wooden spoons and then decorated the head of the spoons to with wool for hair.

Unfortunately we didn’t have time this week to us one of our puppet theatres to go through the story.