Migration Station

Bird feeders

How’s your sense of direction? Birds, butterflies and other creatures travel thousands of miles each year without as much as a map. How do they do it? At this migration themed workshop we learnt about all the different ways migrant creatures navigate, made our own sundials and helped feed our tired new visitors.

We played a simplified version of the Migration Challenge STEM game from PBS.kids.org https://pbskids.org/plumlanding/educators/activities/pdf/MigrationChallenge_FAA_Eng_Span.pdf

Migration Game
Migration Game
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses
Brockwell Park Community Greenhouses

Newted and booted!

Newt painting

We slipped on some boots and searched for newts! At a Brockwell Park workshop we learnt about their life cycle, their camouflage and how to spot the males with their crests. We made some leaf inspired newt artwork and played our camouflage challenge!

Sadly the newts were hiding from us but we did find some gorgeous tadpoles!

Making beautiful newts!
Making beautiful newts!
Tadpoles!
Gorgeous tadpoles

See Through the Eyes of a Bee!

Have you ever wondered what the garden looks like to our bees? How do they know which flowers to visit? How can they see even very tiny flowers blowing about on windy days?

At Brockwell Park I lead a craft and storytelling session. We made UV-like lenses, a bee collage, we played planted some bee friendly flowers. We’ve BEEN busy!

Dancing Bee!

Nursery storytelling: Dinosaurs and animals!

Playing guitar for nursery children

I recently visited two nurseries for some early years storytelling. Puppets, music, dinosaurs and sensory crafts galore!

‘The session was all day and all ages of children had a good amount of Helen’s time and there was always something going on whether it be an activity, story or singing. I feel the session was very well organised and communication between Helen and nursery staff meant the day ran smoothly so I wouldn’t change anything about the day.’
– Cheryl, Kids Capers Day Nursery

Early years storytelling
Early years storytelling

29th September: Rainforest storytelling and building wildlife bridges!

Wednesday 29 September 2021

17.00-18.00

Hear the story of Costa Rica’s endangered spider monkeys and build model wildlife bridges to keep them safe from predators and human settlements. Together storyteller Helen Tozer and rainforest ecologist Jenna Lawson will discuss the threats posed by deforestation, and our role in combating it, as well as how wildlife corridors can help spider monkeys survive in a precious but endangered ecosystem they contribute so much to.

Please send us your questions! We’d love to talk about them during the workshop. You can submit these questions on Eventbrite when you register for this event or add them to the live chat on the day.

You will need:  

  • Paper
  • Coloured pencils or felt-tips
  • Something to build with, for example, a construction toy like LEGO® or DUPLO® bricks; or clean packaging from your recycling bin; or a collection of small objects from around your home.

This workshop is aimed at children aged 7-11 and their families.  

LEGO® and DUPLO® are trademarks of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this event.

Book your tickets here:

https://www.greatexhibitionroadfestival.co.uk/event/rainforest-storytelling/

17th September: Adult storytelling walk at Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

Calling all old souls with young hearts! I’ll be leading a storytelling walk as part of the Walk Tonbridge Festival. All funds raised will be going to Sustain, our local community food bank. It’ll be featuring a mixture of local traditional tales and those from around the world.

17th September 2021 6:30pm

Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

Book your tickets here: https://www.walktonbridge.co.uk/guidedwalks/story-telling-walk-at-haysden-country-park-mnlkt-a7e2p

Photo by Adrian Downie

11th September: New Town Sounds Basildon

Basildon is set to come alive with MUSIC, STREET ART, THEATRE, FAMILY FUN and much, much more!

As part of the New Town Sounds festival I’ll be storytelling and crafting on the first floor of Eastgate Shopping Centre on Saturday 11th September 2021. No need to book, just come along!

Who needs to fly away for adventure? There are superheroes everywhere, from Anansi, the original spiderman of West Africa, to the magical pearl divers of Japan and the warriors that inspired our modern day Wonder Woman. You don’t have to travel far to meet them so pack your bags and come enjoy this free storytelling event! The morning sessions are ideal for our youngest superheroes and they’ll be plenty of interactive dance, music and singing. The afternoon sessions will have lots to keep the over 7’s occupied, with duelling competitions and superheroes challenges.

After the stories you’ll have the chance to make your very own superhero mask and passport to take home. There are superheroes among us! If we have something worth fighting for, we can all be superhuman.

11am and 12pm for 6 year olds and under

2pm, 3pm and 4pm for 7-11 year olds

Siblings also welcome along.

Eastgate Shopping Centre, Southernhay, Basildon SS14 1EB, 11am-4pm

17th September: all ages storytelling walk at Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

A storytelling walk in Haysden Country Park in partnership with the Walk Tonbridge Festival. We’ll be raising funds for local community bank Sustain. This walk will be for all ages and will feature a mix of traditional stories from the U.K. and around the world.

17th September 2021 4:30pm

Limited tickets available here: https://www.walktonbridge.co.uk/guidedwalks/story-telling-walk-at-haysden-country-park-mnlkt

Photo by Adrian Downie

17th September: Under 5’s storytelling walk at Haysden Country Park, Tonbridge

Bring your wellies and come for a story stomp around Haysden Park with Walk Tonbridge Festival! We’ll be raising funds for local community bank Sustain.

We’ll be hearing stories about all the animals that live in the park! Bring your waterproofs and a blanket to sit on.

17th September 2021 1pm

Limited tickets available here: https://www.walktonbridge.co.uk/guidedwalks/story-telling-walk-at-haysden-country-park

Photo by Adrian Downie