Imaginative Story-Telling.

Imaginative Story-Telling.

Children love stories.

How wonderful to be able to enter the world of make-believe through the pages in a book. However, there are many other creative and exciting ways to tell a story. I hope these ideas with ignite your imaginations and make story time even more fun in your family.

 

Act It Out.

Take your child's favourite book and 'become' the story. Pretend to be the characters in the story, use silly voices, dress up and have fun! The entire family will love to join in or you can always use teddy bears or dolls instead if you are short on actors! Children love bubbles, so use them at every opportunity! They are great for pretending to be in a snowstorm during 'A Bear Hunt'!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Story Bags.

Fill a bag with toys and everyday objects. Take it in turns to pick an object out of the bag and create a story using the items as your inspiration. The story will never be the same twice and the results can be very funny! Story bags are great for taking out and about to keep little ones entertained. Older children will enjoy telling the stories whilst younger children may need help in creating a story with the objects they chose.

 

 

 

Nursery Rhymes.

All nursery rhymes and songs tell a story. Many have actions to help act them out but we can get even more creative with them! Go outside and find a drainpipe for Incy Wincy to climb up, find a hill to be the Grand Old Duke of York and march your men up and down the hill or sing Twinkle Twinkle under the night sky and see if you can find the most twinkly stars! Ignite those little imaginations and bring the rhymes to life!

 

 

 

 

 

Story-telling hunt.

'The Hungry Caterpillar' works great as a story-telling hunt. Use play food, real food or cut out pictures of everything the caterpillar eats and hide them in the house or the garden. As you tell the story, hunt for the food along the way. To finish the story, put on some music and pretend to be a beautiful butterfly.

This also works brilliantly with 'We're Going On A Bear Hunt'. Create obstacles to be the long wavy grass, deep cold river and dark gloomy tunnel. They will love it even more if you actually end up in bed hiding from the bear at the end of the story!

 

 

Get Crafty

Make some props that can be used in your story telling. Use play dough to make the characters in the Gruffalo, use lego or duplo to build the brick house for the 3 little pigs and get messy with porridge to explore the story of Goldilocks!

Have fun!

Let our children shine through the arts.

Let our children shine through the arts.

This recent article in The Stage newspaper saddens me.

https://www.thestage.co.uk/features/2016/can-only-rich-kids-afford-drama-tuition-today/

At school, I had some friends who were great at maths, some loved learning languages, some were sporty, some were musical and some, like me lived for our twice weekly drama classes. But, regardless of our passions, we were all exposed to both creative and academic subjects.

At some point in the school week we all had 'our moment' where we feel that spark and excitement about our favourite subject.

The national curriculum states that drama no longer has to be taught as an independent subject in secondary schools. How sad. Regardless of a child's path in life, drama has huge benefits, it builds confidence, self esteem, creativity, imagination, empathy and team work. What a shame that this could all be lost.

 

Look at the joy in the faces of the Drama Tots children. I hope they always hold onto their spark and passions.

 

All About Me Games

All About Me Games

Here are 2 fun games to play with your little ones.

We play these games in Drama Tots sessions to help us explore feelings and emotions.

1. Can You Guess how I Feel?

One person leaves the room they then re-enter displaying an emotion, but they mustn’t talk.

Everyone else guesses how that person feels today just by looking at their expression.

For example – sad, happy, surprised, angry, shy, silly, sleepy.

The children are amazed to see that just by changing their body language and facial expression they can display many different emotions.

 

2. Mirror Fun

Let your child have a look in a mirror. Talk about all the different features of their face.

“When I look in a mirror, I see my face,
And all of its parts are in their place.
I see 2 little ears and 1 little nose,
I see 2 little eyes and one little mouth.
When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A wonderful and very special ME!” (Give your child a hug!)

 Now ask your child to show you different emotions whilst looking in the mirror. (Happy, sad, angry, surprised, silly, sleepy...)

 We have had wonderful fun playing these games and I hope you do too.

A new chapter

A new chapter

I spent last week labelling every item of school uniform to within an inch of its life and kissing goodbye to my youngest son at the school gates (I did cry!)

5,4,3,2,1 ...... BLAST OFF!

5,4,3,2,1 ...... BLAST OFF!

We have launched!

Welcome to the sparkly, new Drama Tots website. I am so excited that after months of hard work and creative fun, the Drama Tots website has landed! I hope you enjoy taking a look around and getting a feel for what Drama Tots is all about. We have worked hard to make the site enjoyable and clear for you to navigate, easy to book the classes with our online booking form and simple to pay using Paypal. Enjoy!

Drama Tots has been taking classes into children’s nurseries for some time now and it has always been a dream to bring our classes into the community for parents and children to enjoy together. A special time of the week where you are whisked away from everyday life to come on an exciting Drama Tots adventure.

If you are joining us for the autumn term classes beginning on September 19th, you are in for a real treat. Our themes this term will include:

  • A trip to the circus

  • All about me

  • Dinosaurs

  • Wonderful wizards

I won’t spoil any more surprises by giving anything else away!

Each week we use role play, music and movement to explore each of our exciting themes. Throughout the autumn term classes we will also be using colourful scarves, parachutes, hula hoops, our Drama Tots microphone, puppets, sponges and of course we couldn’t go on any of these adventures without the Drama Tots suitcase and the magic key.


As I write this we do still have a few spaces remaining so don’t delay, enjoy the site and book today.