Enjoy storytelling in the playground all year round

06 February 2017

If you weren’t already aware, 28th January - 4th February was National Storytelling Week. Set up by the Society for Storytelling in 2000, it aims to celebrate stories across the UK in a variety of events for young and old. 

We’re a little bit biased but we are certain that the playground is the perfect place to indulge in some storytelling any time of year. The great outdoors has been inspiration to incredible authors over the centuries and there’s no reason why it can’t continue to be for budding J.K. Rowlings or Roald Dahls. 

Not only is the playground an inspirational setting for writing stories, it’s a brilliant backdrop for reading them too. We’ve seen many classes get settled around our Storyteller Chair and let the trees around them act like a hidden den to listen to their teacher’s tales. Outdoor classrooms can take children to one of the Three Little Pigs’ houses or grandma’s cottage in Little Red Riding Hood. Beyond, in the playground, everything from a slide to a climbing frame can help set the scene for a modern day adventure. 


Taking literacy outside is something we’ve talked about before and is one of our favourite ways to enjoy outdoor learning. If you want more ideas for storytelling in the playground or how to use school playground equipment in your literacy lessons, you might be interested in the articles below. 

Children’s Book Week - Taking Literacy Outside

Love Literature in the Playground this Author’s Day

What is Dahlicious Dress Up Day all about?

Getting Excited about World Book Day

National Poetry Day and Outdoor Play 

We hope you enjoyed National Storytelling Week, make sure you continue to share your ideas and adventures using the #NationalStorytellingWeek hashtag. To find out more about the Society for Storytelling, including how to get involved in a Storytelling Club, check out their website

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