Holidays are Coming!

With the countdown to Christmas well underway, the holiday adverts on the TV and Black Friday in only a few days, there is no escaping Christmas…but what will you be putting on your Christmas list this year?

night_before_coverThere are so many great toys out there for little ones, fantastic role play toys, pink toys with sparkly bits on, electronic ones and so many more. But at Stories and More we are most excited about giving and receiving books.

Take the time this Christmas to buy your child a book, then sit and read with them as you watch their minds wonder into the world of the book, their eyes light up as they picture themselves on this adventure
and enjoy a peaceful moment in the madness that can be Christmas.

In my (Lillie) family we have a German tradition, every Christmas Eve we get given a small, early Christmas present and it has always been a book. When I was younger this was a very exciting moment as this would be a special, thoughtful book choice just for me, we would then spend the evening reading and talking about our very special books. Now, being a lot older, this still has the same meaning and I await eagerly to see what book choice Santa has gone for this year.

Christmas is about keeping traditions alive, and every family has their own… it’s like their very own story.

A Local Library Adventure!

libraryEvery Summer Buckinghamshire Libraries invite Stories and More in to run our interactive story sessions.

Last week, we visited Amersham and Chesham libraries and had a wonderful time with all the children that attended. The rest of the library is closed so we can make as much noise as we want, which is always lots of fun! Together, with the children, we created a brand new story all based around Roald Dahls books, which is this years reading challenge theme, it was brilliant.

Sessions like these are so important for children, it’s a chance to let them be themselves and make new friends by interacting with new children they have never met before. It’s wonderful to see them being so confidence and wanting to get up, to play characters, in front of complete strangers.

A library is a magical place for a child, it is a place where they know it is ok to sit and wonder through their imaginations, read and connect with wonderful stories. It’s so important that we support our local libraries and attend the events they hold for children and young ones to keep them going. Getting books out from the library is a great way to keep reading fresh for your children, every night they could be reading a new book, without spending out on hundreds of books that sit on the shelf for years. Instead they could be excited about searching the library for their next adventure!

The easiest thing we can offer a child is chance to use their imagination and help it grow, so why not check out your local library and start this today.

Imaginative Play with Toys

baby-annabellOver the past month Stories and More have been helping, number one toy brand, Zaft Creation’s launch their new baby range for Baby Annabell, and Baby Born, in toy stores across the country.

We have been captivating the children with our live stories, all about the adventures of baby Annabell and Baby Born, as they visit the stores. After the live storytelling, children were invited to play with the toys and use their imaginations and creativity to play.

This was wonderful to watch, as there were children who didn’t know one another, playing together and building an imaginative world for these dolls. What is great about these products, is that they encourage role play and fantasy play, which is so important for children at this age. What surprised us the most was that it wasn’t just the girls interested in the dolls, but a lot of boys as well, showing off their nurturing side and proving that children love to just play…regardless of the type of toy.

It was a huge pleasure to be involved in these launches, and with such an established toy company. The whole event was free, and for some children this was their first exposure to live storytelling and at no extra cost to the families!