Storytelling Festival

Doncaster CEP are working together to bring you the first Doncaster Storytelling Festival starting 1st February 2021 as part of National Storytelling Week through to World Book Day on 4th March 2021.

Take part by listening, making, creating and sharing stories. We’ve listed some planned activities and resources, and more will be added soon.

You can find all upcoming (and previous) activities below!

Week Five (week beginning 1st March)

Tuneful Chatter – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Mon 1 March | Via YouTube | Free | Early Years and families
Join musician Dyzelle for songs inspired by ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’.
Click here to watch the video

Mutton the Magnificent with Heritage Doncaster

Tue 2 Mar | Available from 10 am | YouTube | Free | Age S1 & KS2 
Mutton the Magnificent is a story about a very mischievous dog at Doncaster’s first ever Air show.
Watch this Card Cut Tales video to find out what trouble he gets up too!
Click here to watch the video on Heritage Doncaster YouTube
Click here to have a go at making a Peg Plane

The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Literature Champion Heather

Available Weds 3 March | Facebook | Free | 2-5yrs
Doncaster Stories will read The Tiger Who Came to Tea on their Facebook page.
Click here to access.

World Book Day Assembly by Doncaster Library Service

Available now! | YouTube | Free | 3-11yrs
Tracy from Doncaster Library Service presents this fabulous assembly to introduce this year’s World Book Day Books.
Click here to access.

Draw-a-long with Phil inspired by World Book Day characters

Available now!| Via Facebook | Free | Ages 5+
Phil Sheppard, Senior Project Officer for Doncaster Stories, and local children’s author and illustrator will be bringing come character favourites to life, inspired by this year’s World Book Day titles.

Join us for this easy to follow draw-a-long! The event is completely free and all you need to bring is yourself and something to draw with.
Click here to access

Get to know your World Book Day Authors 2021 with Doncaster Library

Available now! | Facebook| Free | Families
Doncaster Libraries will be talking about this Year’s World Book day authors, and sharing some of their stories.
Click here to listen to Tracy talking about the authors Jonny Duddle and Zanib Mian here.
Click here to listen to Thomas talking about the authors Katherine Rundell and Derek Landy here.
Click here to listen to Tracy talking about the authors Tom Fletcher and Joseph Coelho here.

World Book Day Books 2021 available for free with your £1 World Book Day token

Available now! | World Book Day website| Free | Children and Young People
Click here to register for the digital £1 book token. The £1 book token can be exchanged for one of our exclusive, new £1 books (see the full line-up here) OR for getting £1 off any book or audiobook costing £2.99 or more in participating bookshops and supermarkets.
The book token is valid from Thursday 18 February – Sunday 28 March 2021. Participating booksellers will honour the tokens beyond the 28 March while stocks last.

Pass the Story and Story Starters by Handprint Theatre

Available throughout festival | Via Cast’s website | Free | Families
Who likes telling stories? We do! Join our mischievous storytellers as they create a story quite out of the ordinary, taking our audiences on twists and turns until… well, we don’t know what happens in the end, that is up to you!  Storytelling for both deaf and hearing families as we ignite our imaginations to remind us all: you can find a story anywhere! 
Features both BSL and captions for D/deaf and hearing families to enjoy.
Click here to view
Click here to download the activity sheet
  

Theatre at home or school:
A Tale of Two Houses by Handprint Theatre

Available now until 4th March | Via Cast Website | Free| For children and families   
Cast, in partnership with Handprint Theatre, present an accessible theatre show for Deaf and hearing families, exploring the importance of community and how we communicate with each other. This play combines storytelling, physical theatre, British Sign Language and a passion for empowering young people. To watch at home or at school.
For more information and details of how to book visit Cast’s website here.

Visual Arts Activity: Create your own Flying Book! 

Throughout festival | Via Cast Website | Free | For Families
A fun visual arts activity that will give you the perfect place to store your wonderful stories.
Step by Step Written Instructions and a how to film available (Activity created by Angie Hardwick)
Click here to watch the video

Roll a story activity

Available now | Download | Free | Age 4- 11  
Make you owns stories using a dice and this activity sheet made by National Literacy Trust as part of their Dream Big Programme.
Download the activity here.

Available throughout the Festival:

Storytime – Thank You by Joseph Coelho

Available throughout festival | Facebook | Free | 5-7yrs
Helen from Doncaster Library Service reads ‘Thank You’ by Joseph Coelho. A lovely picture book about saying ‘Thank You’.
Click here to access

Storytelling: Wibbly Pig

Available now!| Via Facebook | Free | Families   
Join Hungry Little Minds as they read Wibbly Pig!

Click here to access

Shadow Drawing with darts

Available throughout festival | Via YouTube | Free | Early Years and families
Get involved in this fun art activity with Karen Hall and create your own shadow drawings and use the colour wheel to colour them in.
Click here to watch the video
Click here to download the activity sheet

Sharing a Shell- Lit Champ Katy

Available now! | Facebook | Free | 2-5yrs
Doncaster Stories will read Sharing a Shell on their Facebook page.
Click here to access.

Tuneful Chatter – Wow! Said the Owl

Available throughout festival | Via YouTube | Free | Early Years and families
Join musician Dyzelle for songs inspired by ‘Wow! Said the Owl’
Click here to watch the video

The Living Room Museum

Available now| Via Doncaster Heritage Website| Free | For Families
Whilst we are staying at home and can’t visit museums we would like to challenge you to make a museum of your own in your living room (or kitchen, or bedroom, or garden…)

Museums collect objects that tell stories, and we want to find out the stories behind objects in your homes.
Click here to find out more and take part here

Mama Panya’s Pancakes

Available now | Via Link | Free | 3-8yrs
Listen to Mama Panya’s Pancakes read by Susan from DCEP. On market day, Mama Panya’s son Adika invites everyone he sees to a pancake dinner. How will Mama Panya ever feed them all?
Click here to access.

There’s an Alien in your book – Storytime with Doncaster Libraries

Available now! | Facebook | Free | 2-5yrs   A member of Doncaster Libraries will read ‘There’s an Alien in your book’ by Tom Fletcher. A story about an adorable alien that has landed in your book.
Watch the video online on Doncaster Libraries Facebook page.

Top Ten Kind Activities for kids

Available throughout Festival | Downloadable PDF | Free| For children and families   
We’ve put together a PDF of 10 Kind Activities for Kids (inspired by the Choose Kind Journal and Wonder by by R J Palacio).
Download the PDF here.

Make beautiful Rangoli patterns!

Available throughout festival | Via Cast Website| Free | For Families
Have a go at this wonderful, colourful and creative art activity from India.  Rangoli is traditionally made at Indian festivals like Divali to welcome guests.  
This is an activity you can do by yourself or why not have a go at making a rangoli design as a family? Be as creative as you want! 
Click here to view on Cast’s Website

Tuneful Chatter – Handa’s Surprise

Available now! | Via YouTube | Free | Early Years and families
Join musician Dyzelle for songs inspired by ‘Handa’s Surprise’.
Click here to watch the video

Monkey Puzzle- Literacy Champ Ceri

Available throughout festival | Facebook | Free | 3-7yrs
Doncaster Stories will read Monkey Puzzle on their Facebook page.
Click here to access

The Gingerbread Man – Lit Champ Pretty

Available throughout the festival | Facebook | Free | 5-7yrs
Doncaster Stories will read The Gingerbread Man on their Facebook page.
Click here to access

Indian Celebrations

Throughout festival | Via Cast Website | Free | For Families
Listen and move to poems about the Holi (Festival Of Colour) and Diwali (Festival of Light).
Click here to watch the Holi video
Click here to watch the Diwali video

Storytelling: The Storm Whale

Throughout festival | Via Facebook | Free | 3-8 yrs
Join Doncaster Libraries to listen to this lovely story about a Noi and his father who live by the sea. Find out what happens when Noi finds a baby whale washed up on the beach…
Watch the video on the Library Facebook page

Storytelling: On the Way Home by Jill Murphy

Throughout the Festival | Via Facebook | Free | Primary age 
Doncaster Stories will read On the Way Home on their facebook page.
Click here to access.

Make music at home with darts: We’re Going on a Bearhunt

Available now | Video | Free | Families    
Make music at home with your little people and musician Dyzelle from darts themed around the ‘We’re Going on a Bearhunt’ story.  Watch the video and take part by singing, signing and getting active. Watch the video on darts website and download the free resource pack

Storytelling and activities: The Old Man Vs the Monster

Throughout Festival| Via Cast Website | Free|
The Old Man vs The Monster Written by Naomi Sumner Chan.
This brand-new retelling of The Legend of Nian, a traditional Chinese folk tale explaining the customs associated with Spring Festival/Chinese New Year.
Available as a filmed story for you to watch, and to download so you can read time and time again.  It will also be accompanied by an activity sheet.
Click here to download the activity sheet
Click here to watch the video

Young Writers Club

Thursdays | Evenings | Via Zoom | Join for £5 | Age 8-11,11-14, & 14-21     
Develop creative writing and play writing skills via a series of Zoom workshops hosted by Cast. Work with a director, writer and actors to develop your work – finishing the project with a showcase on stage at Cast! Book a place via Cast’s website

LGBTQ+ storytelling

Throughout festival | Via Facebook | Free | Young people
Doncaster Stories present Prince Henry by Olly
Pike on their Facebook page.
Click here to access.

LGBTQ+ booklist

Available now | National Literacy Trust Website | Free | 16+
The books on this list will help young people learn about queer history and explore queer stories. Some of the titles deal with complex concepts and contain some explicit content.
Click here to access.

Bear Hunt montage 

Available now | Doncaster Stories Facebook | Free |  Early Years/KS1   
Watch the ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ video on Doncaster Stories Facebook page. You can also find free activities listed on the National Literacy Trust website.

Make music at home with darts: Dear Zoo 

Available now | Video | Free | Families    
Make music at home with your little people and musician Dyzelle from darts themed around the Dear Zoo story.  Watch the video and take part by singing, signing and getting active. Watch the video on darts website and download the free resource pack

Soloman Crocodile – Storytime with Doncaster Libraries

Available now | Facebook | Free | Primary age   
Listen to Thomas Wilcock from Doncaster Libraries read the story of Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Rayner.  Solomon is a mischievous crocodile who wants to play with various birds and animals but just annoys them until he finally meets another playful crocodile.
Watch the video online on Doncaster Libraries Facebook page.

Storytelling: The Paper Dolls

Available now | Via Facebook | Free | Primary age   
Doncaster Stories will read The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson on their Facebook page.
Click here to access.

Jack and The Beanstalk story sack

Available now| Via Facebook | Free | Early Years
Tracy Callison Bailey from Doncaster Libraries will be telling the story of Jack and the Beanstalk using a story sack. This is a collaboration between the Library, Hungry Little Minds and Doncaster Stories.
Watch the video on the Library Facebook page

Storytelling: Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth story 

Available now | Facebook | Free | 4-8 years
Doncaster Stories will read Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth story written by Emily Haynes and illustrated by Sanjay Patel.   
Watch on the Doncaster Stories Facebook page.

Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth draw-along with Doncaster Stories 

Available now | Facebook | Free | 4-8 years
Phil Shepperd from Doncaster stories will share step by step drawing techniques used in  Ganesha’s sweet tooth so you can draw-a-long. 

Take part on Doncaster Stories Facebook page

Theatre at home or school:
A Tale of Two Houses by Handprint Theatre

Available now until 4th March | Via Cast Website | Free| For children and families   
Cast, in partnership with Handprint Theatre, present an accessible theatre show for Deaf and hearing families, exploring the importance of community and how we communicate with each other. This play combines storytelling, physical theatre, British Sign Language and a passion for empowering young people. To watch at home or at school.
For more information and details of how to book visit Cast’s website here.

Make a Chinese Lantern or Dragon to celebrate Lunar New Year

Available now!| Via Cast Website | Free|   
This year Lunar New Year falls on Friday 12th February.
To celebrate follow the step by step instructions on Cast’s website to make a Chinese Lantern or Dragon.

New Lunar Year and Chinese Storytelling teacher resources

Available now! | Via Cast’s Website| Free | KS2
To celebrate Lunar New Year! This year is the Year of the Ox. Click here to view the resources

Previous Weeks…

Week Four (week beginning 22nd Feb)

Live virtual money workshop ages 16—
25

Weds 24 Feb |4-5.30pm| Online | Free | Ages 16- 25
The Literacy Trust has teamed up with The Money Charity to bring young people a series of workshops all about keeping an eye on your money throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

All workshops participants will be in with a chance of winning a year-long Experian CreditExpert membership worth £120, which will help you to develop your understanding of money management even further.

Sign up here

Live AFCL Friday Afternoon Art Club

Fri 26 Feb | 3-5pm| Via Microsoft Teams | Free | Families   
Join AFCL to create a drawing to share based on the story. Just paper and pencils needed.
To book a place email Natalie at AFCL

Week Two (week beginning 8th Feb)

Storytelling: Puddle Troubles – Followed by a minibeast hunt

Tue 9 Feb | 10am|Via YouTube | Free | 3-8 yrs

Storytelling, 10am:
Join Heritage Doncaster to hear Puddle Troubles
followed by a minibeast hunt!

Live Story and Crafting Workshop!

Tue 9 Feb | 4pm | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | For Families   
A reading of the story ‘Sharing a Shell’ by Julia Donaldson and then making a giant board game together with AFCL (bring cardboard!)
To book a place email Natalie at AFCL 

Storytelling pebbles workshop

Live Workshop -Traditional tales story pebbles

Thur 11 Feb | 4pm | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | For Families   
A fun workshop for all the family with AFCS (prize
draw in session)
 To book a place email Natalie at AFCL 

Storytelling pebbles workshop

Storytelling pebbles workshop 

Fri 12 Feb | 4pm | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | For Families   
Join AFCL for this family workshop to learn how to make your own storytelling pebbles at home for a story of your choice. To book a place email Natalie at AFCL 

Week One (week beginning 1st Feb)

Storytelling pebbles workshop 

Tue 2 Feb | 10am | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | For Families   
Join AFCL for this family workshop to learn how to make your own storytelling pebbles at home for a story of your choice. To book a place email Natalie at AFCL 

Goldilocks and the cardboard tubes workshop

Wed 3 Feb | 10am-11am | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | Families  
Join AFCL for this family story time and craft workshop to make your own characters using cardboard tubes and other recycled materials and craft supplies you have at home.
To book a place email Natalie at AFCL

Hungry Little Minds Family Digital Day 

Wed 3 Feb | 10 am – 12:30 pm | Via Zoom | Free
The National Literacy Trust invites families, carers and children’s settings to our Hungry Little Minds Family Digital Day. The event will be introduced by children’s author and illustrator, Nick Sharratt. The Hungry Little Minds team will be carrying out chat, play and read activities based on ‘The Whales on the Bus’, written by Katrina Charman, illustrated by Nick Sharratt and published by Macmillan Children’s Books.
Find out more on how to book on here.

Sock and Rice Fairytale Characters 

Thur 4 Feb | 10-11 am | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | Families   
Join AFCL to listen to fairytale stories and discuss your favourite characters.  Then bring them to life as a puppet made from a sock and some rice. You can use household and recycled materials.
To book a place email Natalie at AFCL

Live draw along with local Illustrator Phil Sheppard  

Fri 5 Feb | 2pm | Facebook | Free | Age: KS1/primary   
Draw-along with local illustrator Phil Sheppard as he shows you how to draw your favourite fairytale characters. Sign up via the Facebook event.

AFCL story hour

Fri 5 Feb | 4pm | Via Microsoft Teams | Free | Families   
Join AFCL to listen to a fairy story then take part in a fun quiz about the story, and other fun activities i.e. a scavenger hunt or silly sketch. You can also create a drawing to share based on the story. Just paper and pencils needed.
To book a place email Natalie at AFCL