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Interactive, child-led storytelling toolkit for schools transforming everyday situations into imaginative worlds.

Story is a super powerful learning gizmo. Tales Toolkit is an interactive, child-led resource featuring easy to remember symbols representing story structure: ‘Character,’ ‘Setting,’ ‘Problem’ ‘Solution.’ Early years children create stories around interests using anything to hand: favourite toy, conker, picture of Grandma…you name it!

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Story is a super powerful learning gizmo. Tales Toolkit is an interactive, child-led resource featuring easy to remember symbols represen...

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It has transformed the way we work! We talk about characters, settings, problems and solutions as part of our day- to- day interactions in so many aspects of the children's experiences- not just creating stories!As no forward planning is required ...

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Tales Toolkit
Liz Adie

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Great for

  • Teachers and early years practitioners passionate about play-led learning.
  • Parents / parent groups that want TTK in their schools / nursery.
  • Borough leads looking for a new family support programme
  • Academy chains / budget managers without the funding for their academies.
  • Community spaces and charitable organisations: e.g. care homes, hospitals, hospices, refugee services.

Tales Toolkit project essentials

5 Step Guide

  • Read Up
  • Set Up
  • Train Up
  • Keep It Up
  • Share It Out


Suggested: Five 50-minute online training sessions, completed over 3-4 months. Ideally the training is undertaken in groups as the interactive elements are really important. At least one Tales Toolkit session per week in class - little-to-no prep necessary.


More information on how to get started and any resources shared by the Tales Toolkit

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Meet the Social Innovator

Humans make sense of the world through story. It’s how we pass on information, impart knowledge and wisdom. It’s how we learn to empathise and share in the emotional journeys of others. It’s an incredibly powerful tool for learning and yet we assume all children have access to stories and play, and this isn’t always the case.

I used to be a teacher, so I knew whatever solution I created needed to require little-to-no planning.

Early years practitioners you’re already superheroes, we hope by joining us we can make your lives a little easier, inspire playful interactions and tick the boxes you need with a resource that has play at its heart and will really make a difference for your individual children, giving them a voice to tell the stories that are important to them.

Kate Shelley

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