We're delighted to be joining forces with Andersen Press to share free, accessible readings of their picture books via exclusive weekly virtual storytimes every Friday at 10am on our Facebook page.


Don't worry if you can't make it for 10, we'll keep a recorded video on our page for you to watch later!

This week our story time will be Clem and Crab by Fiona Lumbers. We'd love you to join us for this extra-special storytime at www.facebook.com/7Stories

Our brilliant creative learning team have created some activtiies for you to do after you've listened to Fiona's story time. 



Step into the picture

This activity is great for drawing on memories of the beach, or if children haven’t been before, imagining what it might be like.

Look at a picture of the beach in the book (pause the video on any page you like!). Have the children pretend to step into the picture and explore each of the questions below.

Have children think about their different senses.

  • What do they imagine is just outside the edges of the picture, that they can't see?
  • If they were there, what might they eat and taste?
  • What can they hear, and could they make a soundscape with those noises?
  • If they take a deep breath in, what can they smell?
  • What do they want to pick up and touch, what don't they want to touch?
  • What is the temperature like?

Have children close their eyes and imagine they are at the beach, with everything they can see, hear, smell, taste and feel.

  • How does it make them feel

After this creative exploration of the beach scape, children could write their own beach-based story, using these questions as writing prompts.

Beautiful beach

Using all the ideas they came up with in the previous activity, have the children draw/paint/make a beach.

Give children plenty of encouragement and time to draw a detailed picture of a beach so they are really proud of it. Perhaps you could watch a virtual walk along a beach online as they draw.

When the children are finished, ask them to draw rubbish and litter in their picture. See how they react and, before they have a chance to do so, have a discussion about if they want to add litter and why.

In the mind of the enemy!

People do still litter and don't recycle, so there must be a reason why! To try and understand why it still happens have the children help you draw a picture of a person that litters on a piece of paper. Then add speech bubbles with why they might litter.

Next, create the opposite person. Have the children decide what ‘opposite’ means and what this person may think and do. Add speech bubbles which respond to the littering person's speech bubbles, creating a short piece of persuasive writing to convince them not to litter and to recycle!