Creeping Toad – looking into the pond

Creeping Toad works with groups to find ways of celebrating the places where people live, work and play

Creeping Toad:

  • tells old stories
  • creates new stories with poems
  • invites explorations
  • creates celebrations

There are treasure chests and pirates and dragons

There might be lost tales, mouse maps, finger-tip elephants or fluttering butterflies

We might make wolf masks, processional fish, colourful flags or a woodland of dancing tree-people

There could be tiny bottle lanterns, giant lantern bumblebees or maybe just a simple winter woodland glow for a December tabletop

We might work with ponds and pools, rivers, gardens and parks

There might be trees, wood, moors, mosses and squelchy bogs,

fossils, stepping stones, sand and rock

crystals, caves, shadows and lights….

Creeping Toad celebrates people, places and wildlife



Through these last couple of years of disturbance, disappearing bookings and underlying distress, at Creeping Toad, we saw almost all our group activities vanish. But Toads are persistent animals and Creeping Toad is still here and ready for new adventures!

Over the last two years there were all sorts of unexpected activities – film-making for one….drop in on the films below or go to the Creeping Toad channel on youtube for others:


and for a sense of Toadwork in a bigger context: Art and the Environment (for CelebrationEarth!)



Storytelling in 2022

why not explore the possibilities of some storytelling to celebrate the richness of the changing year, the landscapes around us, the history we walk upon. Here are stories, sculptures, prehistoric adventures, occasional Vikings, books and boggarts

With stories spinning from the last whispers of autumn right through to earth giants, summer flowers and thunder-tigers, here are stories and activities to enchant and inspire.

Visit the schools and groups page for more information or drop me an email and start a conversation:



hatfulls of rivers....
hatfulls of rivers….


storytelling, story making, book building, pond-dipping, bug hunting, flower watching, tree chasing, puppets, processions,
lanterns, flags, masks, monsters and more, 
who knows what may feature in a Toad project?
a bottle lantern from a Tiny! celebration

challenging, cheerful, inspiring, confidence raising, skills building,

Creeping Toad events, projects and training courses are also,

quite simply,



Creeping Toad in action, Plas Power Woods, 2014
Creeping Toad in action, Plas Power Woods, 2014 photo c/o Laurence Crossman-Emms








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