12 Creative Storytelling Activities

Here is a collection of 12 fun and playful ways to bring stories to life with creative storytelling activities! From play dough and story sensory bins to small world play and dramatic retelling, there are lots of ideas here to choose from and keep little ones busy in playful learning.

12 Playful Storytelling Activities for kids

Keeping early literacy fun and playful is essential. Too much pressure to read and write can be intimidating and plenty of young children get turned off learning very early in life because they’re forced into it too soon. The foundations of good literacy skills dwell in comprehension and language skills, which are fostered best through listening to stories and retelling them in a fun way. We often like to take a well-loved story book or traditional tale and find ways to retell it in an active, playful and hands on way. Research shows that this is the best way to consolidate learning and to raids confident readers and writers in later life.

Try some today and then pin the post to have a go at the others in future weeks! Enjoy.

The Gruffalo Play Dough Story telling


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sensory Binthe+very+hungry+caterpillar+sensory+tub

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Play Dough Story tellingHungry+caterpillar storytelling with play dough

Jack and the Beanstalk Story BoxJack and the beanstalk storytelling box

Fairytale Storytelling BasketFairy-tale-story-prop-basket

Little Red Riding Hood Story Boxlittle+red+riding+hood+story+box

Little Red Riding Hood dramatic playLittle-red-riding-hood-storytelling-play-680x453
Porridge Oats play Dough Story RetellingPorridge oats play dough

Goldilocks dramatic play story retellingGoldilocks storytelling role play

Storytelling in a Giant Cardboard Box


Magical Fairy Garden Storytelling Prompt


Pirate Island Story Prompts



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