Summer stories, 2023
stories and workshops
for schools and groups
celebrating the richness of the changing year, here are stories, puppet-making story-building, pop-up landscapes and boxes of treasures
Scottish tour dates:
15th – 26th May 2023
4 – 12th September 2023
Other areas: just get in touch!
With stories spinning from the first signs of spring through earth giants and thunder-tigers to summer flowers, here are stories and activities to enchant and inspire.
Gordon MacLellan – Creeping Toad – is one of Britain’s leading environmental art and education workers. Take a look at the Toadblog: Creeping Toad
Drawing on 30 years of professional experience, Gordon’s work blends environmental experience with creativity. “Much of my work uses storytelling and story making but I also make small masks, giant masks, flags, lanterns, pop-up landscapes and create wild and wonderful occasions”
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! outdoors or in, we’ll use leaves and pine cones, twigs and stones and shells to inspire words, create poems and shape a set of stories never told before (allow 60 minutes for a class session)
finger puppets: we can make quick finger puppet animals or adventuruers and create instant stories
From across lands and times: I can select stories to suit times and places: so we have had days of Native American stories, or Egyptian or Greek or Roman, there have been Chinese tales and African animal stories….lots of exciting resources to draw on here, to make new writing vibrant and lively. Castles are popular, too, with boxes of treasures to inspire a new adventure and release a bold princess or courageous dragon
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 in a setting, key characters and the words that set the adventure running
tales of old Scotland: a collection of stories of Highland folklore and Scottish histories, of heroes and sorrows, bravery and the magics of sea, mountain and moor. These can be steered in various directions and we might listen to stories from Viking days or medieval and Stuart stories and even add some Scottish explorers and their adventures and disasters…
your own themes and ideas: or are you exploring a particular theme that you would like to involve some stories in? In recent projects, we have also made talking stone puppets, a giant eagle to hang from a classroom ceiling, prehistoric rockpools, a swarm of shadow dragons, pop-up castles
Charges: £280 a day
Fee 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 P1 through to Secondary
For further information: visit the Creeping Toad blog at http://creepingtoad.blogspot.co.uk/
To book: contact Gordon directly at
or by telephone: mobile: 07791 096857