Our Top 10 free storytelling activities and events this week
- 20 July 2020
- Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
As it's the start of the summer holidays, we've put together a list of literary themed activities and events for the whole family to get involved in! We've hand-picked our Top 10 below...
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1. School's Out Fun Day!
Monday 27 July. FREE. From Nottingham City Libraries. Recommended for ages: 2 - 11 years.
On Monday 27 July Nottingham City Libraries are taking over their Facebook page for 'School's Out Fun Day!' with a great line up for you to enjoy - from storytelling to illustrating to music.
This event is part of Nottingham City Libraries' Summer of Fun.
2. Storytelling: Elmer and the Rainbow
FREE. From Discover Children's Story Centre. Recommended for ages: 0 - 9 years.
In celebration of Elmer Day 2020, Discover Story Builder Minnie tells the story of the best-loved patchwork elephant and a rather unusual rainbow…
Elmer is sad when he discovers that the rainbow has lost its colours. He wants to help, but what will happen to him if he gives the rainbow his own colours? Will he lose them for ever?
3. Make mini books with items from around the home
FREE. From Made With Many. Recommended for ages: 6 - 16 years.
In this #MadeAtHome activity, artist Linzi Bright will be showing us how to make creative papers with items found around the home. Linzi will then show us how to turn creative papers into mini-books which can used as a photo album, journal, diary or anything else you can think of.
#MadeAtHome activities are a new series of videos to give our communities new and exciting things to do during lockdown.
4. Become a poet!
FREE. From Gro-Organic. Recommended for ages: 5 - 16 years.
Calling all Young Explorers! Gro-Organic would like you to take on the role of a Poet. A very special guest Matt 'man' Windle - The Poet with Punch - will be exploring the career as a poet with you! Matt Windle, the Poet with Punch, is Birmingham's Poet Laureate 2016-2018.
5. Lockdown Tales
FREE. From Wonderful Beast Theatre Company. Recommended for ages: 0 - 12 years.
The theatre company of stories, myths and legends is bringing together a fantastic array of readers. Many well-known actors, poets and authors have contributed home-recordings of themselves reading much-loved stories and poems to children from whom they are separated due to Covid-19, sharing in the human experience of being grandparents, aunts, uncles, godparents, and friends separated from their families and loved ones.
In this imaginative and heart-warming project, every tale is dedicated to a much-missed child, then shared for free with children worldwide, bringing together families across the globe through the power of stories during the physical isolation of the Coronavirus crisis. Supported by publishers, with original music from Sylvia Hallett, alongside some fabulous actors, several children’s authors have also shared recordings of themselves reading their own material.
6. Down the Rabbit Hole
FREE. From Settle Stories. Recommended for ages: 6 - 12 years.
Inspired by Alice in Wonderland you are Lorina, Alice’s older sister. Settle Stories created an interactive adventure where you decide who you meet and where you go. The question is, can you find Alice?
7. Once upon a time in a home not far away
FREE. From Southbank Centre. Recommended for ages: 4 - 12 years.
Can’t find the time to trawl the internet looking for fun creative ideas for the young writers and illustrators in your household? Don’t worry, the Southbank Centre have done it for you!
They've been casting a huge net over the internet researching authors and illustrators for the next Imagine a Story schools project. Yes, there is a light at the end of the home-school tunnel...
8. Engage with art in these bedtime stories
FREE. From Watts Gallery. Recommended for ages: 2 - 10 years.
Storyteller Olivia Armstrong brings the magic of Watts Gallery to you with a weekly bedtime story. Every single sculpture or drawing, print or painting has a different story to tell and wants to tell it just for you.
9. Library Learners
FREE. From Chetham's Library. Recommended for ages: 3 - 12 years.
Welcome to Library Learners! Chetham's Library are here to help young families with home schooling during lockdown.
Chetham's Library invite your children to explore their collections by sending out educational and fun activities each week, and sharing ideas for them to do some exploring of their own!
10. Take part in the Great British Poetry Challenge
FREE. From Lighthouse, Poole's Centre for the Arts. Recommended for ages: 8 - 16 years.
The theme of the workshop (The Great British Bake Off) is a absolute family favourite and should engage even those who are reluctant to get involved with poetry writing. It's also a challenge that the whole family can take part in!
Tabby Hayward of Lighthouse’s Young Writers programme, takes us through a poetry writing challenge inspired by a programme you may well recognise… Perfect for all the family this workshop will really challenge and develop your creative writing skills.