As the Mum of a toddler, one of my favourite activities to do with my son is to take him to story or rhyme time at a local library. Stories can be brought to life through reading aloud and there is often singing, clapping and dancing. We both love it.
A few of the benefits of taking your little ones to these types of sessions is building their vocabulary, testing their imagination, socialising with other kids (and Mums for you!) and helping your child learn patience, sharing and taking their turn. Plus it is a whole lot of fun!
Luckily, there are so many free sessions right across London. Here are a few ways to find a story or rhyme time session so that you can get involved in the fun:
1. Local Library
Most libraries will run sessions most days of the week. Head to your local council website to find out where your closest session is.
The City of London for example provides regular fun sessions run by experienced and trained staff for parents, carers and their children under five. This includes rhyme time, story time, messy play and baby bounce. They are suitable to different age groups so you can find the perfect one for you.
Royal Albert Hall runs storytelling and music sessions for 0-4 year olds. They are run by seasoned story tellers and aim to engage and encourage interaction between parents/carers and their little ones using musical instruments, singing, movement and stories. Tickets must be pre booked online and they don't run all the time, so check out the above link to find out more information on these sessions.
Located in Stratford, the story centre is the first of its kind in the UK. It is aimed at children aged 0-11, and their families. Their aim is to create a love of language, literature and stories. The centre comprises of Story World and Story Garden. They are both creative play spaces designed to inspire children’s curiosity and imagination. There are regularly changing interactive exhibitions, as well as visits from authors, illustrators, poets, musicians, artists and storytellers who run workshops.
You can find out more about their storytelling sessions for different age groups here.
Amazing bookshops in London run regular storytelling sessions with incredible authors. These authors will bring their stories to life and there is something incredibly special about hearing firsthand from the actual author.
Head to your favourite bookshop to find more information. If you need some inspiration on where to head, we have a list of some of the best bookshops in London here.
The Museum of London runs storytelling sessions that are specially designed for their youngest audience. They are 30 minutes and run a few times throughout the day. Check their website for details on session times.
Are we missing any great ways you can get involved in a storytelling session with your youngsters? Please let us know in the comments below, we would love to hear from you!