Story based activity sessions for the under 5s
Storyplaytime Parties are now available! 
Choose from: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Moomins, Peepo!, The Baby's Catalogue, Lion who came to Lunch, Giraffe on a Sleepover and Poo at the Zoo! Contact me for more info! 
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Benefits of the Storyplaytime approach

from Storyplaytime founder, Justine de Mierre
If you're anything like me, the main thing you want out of an activity session is for your little one to enjoy it, so the emphasis with Storyplaytime is on having fun.
Sometimes, though, it's reassuring to know that the activity supports your child's development as well. That's why I designed these sessions with my knowledge of Child Psychology in mind as well as my experience as a mum, a storyteller and a children's theatre maker.
Below then, are just a few of the benefits of Storyplaytime sessions to your child's development:
  • Research increasingly shows the importance of imaginative play in children's development. In Storyplaytime sessions there are activities where they choose and express their own movements and actions, helping develop imagination in a manageable way.
  • Pre-schoolers are often unable to sit still and concentrate for long periods of time - this is not misbehaving, it's actually a stage of development they go through and some psychologists even believe they need to move to learn. (My own son started learning to read when he was three and used to wriggle with every word to begin with!)  Storyplaytimes respond to this by making sure there is movement either within or between each activity - you are never more than a few minutes away from being up on your feet and moving!
  • In Storyplaytimes, participants are usually put into teams and some games and activities involve talking to and working with the rest of your team. This type of communication supports children in developing the skills to make friends and build relationships , particularly when they see it being modeled by the adults in the team.
  • Recent research suggests that the brain is 'programmed' to respond to stories and narrative. This means that even the very young can engage with the storytelling element of sessions and begin to develop concentration and learning abilities
If you'd like to chat and find out more about the thinking behind Storyplaytime, then please do get in touch
"Feedback has been great, mostly asking for us to do it again next year!" - Louise Gaskell, London School of Economics Literary Festival 
"We were absolutely charmed by Justine's event which so engages and entertains very young children from start to finish" - Tania Vian-Smith, Puffin Books