Winter tales and Spring stories
Stories in school with Creeping Toad
December 2014 – April 2015
marking the changing edge of the year, here are old stories, new adventures and chances to create tales that no-one else has ever heard before!
With stories running from the frozen edges of the world right through to the first flowers of spring and the waking of the bumblebees, here are stories and activities to enchant and inspire.
Gordon MacLellan – Creeping Toad – is one of Britain’s foremost environmental art and education workers…and he tells stories as well! Take a look at the Toadblog: Creeping Toad
Here are some suggestions for activities that you might like to invite into your school,
park, library or thrilling crypt (I’m very broad-minded). Booking details are at the foot of the page
A day’s visit to your school might include
storytelling performances: lasting up to 60 minutes for up to 90 children at a time
stories out of anything! usually we might do this outside but given wintry weather, we’ll use leaves and pine cones, twigs and stones and shells indoors to inspire words, create poems and shape a set of stories never told before (allow 60 minutes for a class session)
story and book workshops: taking a bit longer (allow 90 minutes for a class) as well as discovering those stories no-one has ever heard before, now we will build those into the books that no-one has ever read before and leave the classroom with a library no-one has ever visited before!
pop-up storyscapes: allow an hour for a class: gathering ideas, images and words we’ll make quick 3-d landscapes holding the essence of a story or maybe the thrills of a lifecycle in a setting, key characters and the words that set the adventure running
Winter lights: finding words and images to hold the essence of winter or the hopes of spring in quick poems, we’ll slide words and pictures into lanterns and make a swarm of small glowing lanterns to glow through the darkest nights or gloomiest days
shadow stories: out of my stories might come new stories: drawing on whatever theme we are working with to create quick performances of shadow puppets. Incorporating silhouettes, translucence and transparency, we’ll mix science with story to create an (almost) instant set of story performances to show or perhaps to film
Ancient Lives: add a voice from the distant past to your history topics with stories that our Stone, Bronze or Iron Age ancestors might have listened to. Stories. models, artefacts and drawings can feed into art inspired by cave paintings, carvings and jewellery
your own themes and ideas: or are you exploring a particular theme that you would like to involve some stories in? pirates….tropical islands….ancient Greeks…fairies, frogs and trolls…..where in our school would bears live?…the Great Fire of London have all featured in recent Creeping Toad projects
Charges: £250 a day: includes storyteller’s fee, travel and materials. Can be paid on the day or I can invoice you. Activities can be adapted to suit groups from KS 1, 2 or 3
For further information: visit the Creeping Toad website at http://creepingtoad.blogspot.co.uk/
To book: contact Gordon directly at
or by telephone:
landline: 01298 77964
mobile: 07791 096857
you never know who, or what, will end up in a Creeping Toad story!