Tell-a-Story Day Resources

Our very special free TASD resources for 2012 are coming soon, in the meantime you can have look at last year's resources below and be inspired!

TASD 2011 Resources

Sea, Shore, and the Stories in between
Tales of Olympic Proportions

The Scottish Storytelling Centre has created some exclusive storytelling resources that will help you run your Tell-a-Story Day. These resources are designed to give you a starting point for your event and inspire you to tell your own stories. Feel free to add, cut or change the stories as you think appropriate, making them more relevant to your group or the place where you live.

Paper DollDownload these resources, print them out and memorise them. Learn the structure of the tale and practice telling it in your own words, so that it becomes your tale. Remember, true storytelling happens when the story is told person to person, live from memory, so try not to read them from the page.

Need inspiration? Stories are everywhere, in the old books you had as a child, in the family legends your parents told you, in today's newspaper. Find a story that you like and adapt it for your event. You are a storyteller now!

Sea, Shore, and the Stories in between

This unique resource includes a re-telling of a well-known traditional story in two versions, a full one for people who like to enhance their telling with plenty of details and a shorter one for beginners with less details to remember. If you have never learned a story by heart before try the short version first, and if you can remember it easily enough, try adding in elements from the full version.

The Fisherman, the Selkie and the Moon by Sylvia Troon. 'I have chosen a universally-known tale because there are plenty of opportunities for participation: the sounds of the wind and the sea, repetitive phrases, suggestions the things the old woman might wish for (peacocks on the castle lawn, statues, etc.). The paper figures can be easily made (print them on thick paper or thin card and follow the instructions) and used to enhance the story, especially when telling to younger groups. Children can also enjoy making their own puppets and then glue on scraps of patterned paper, paper doilies, cloth or feathers to make them very unique.

I have used some Scots words in the tale, feel free to adapt or add more. More than anything else, be inventive in your retelling!'

Instructions Cut-out puppets (black and white)
Cut-out puppets (colour)
The Fisherman, the Selkie and the Moon
The Fisherman, the Selkie and the Moon (shorter)
Puppets instructions

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Tales of Olympic Proportions

Golden ApplesThis resource includes an original re-telling of the Greek tale Atalanta and Melanion with a live commentary of the race. The style is that of the spoken language, to help you learn and remember the tale. There are also ideas and resources for follow-up activities, especially suited to schools. The activities cover a wide area of Curriculum for Excellence outcomes but focus on using expression and intonation of voice.

The Tale of Atalanta by Ron Fairweather and Fergus McNicol. 'We chose this as it's a story we love to tell together, Atalanta, at the heart of the tale, is such a strong character! This is a story that can be explored in many ways, it can be retold orally, through drama, art and even using multimedia for research and presentation. Mostly though, we liked the idea that by building a commentary through which the children could explore expression in their voices, often a challenging thing to do. We hope that your group find as much drama, excitement and fun in this story as we do!'
The Tale of Atalanta Follow-up activities
The Race of Love and Death Audio version

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Trick or Tale? Scary stories of ghosts, witches and monsters are always popular with younger and older audiences. This resource is a simple scary story taken from Tales on the Tongue, a great collection of traditional tales and an invaluable resource for all storytelling beginners. Remeber that if you register your Tell-a-Story Day you can have 30% off your copy of Tales on the Tongue!

The Hobyahs by Bob Pegg. 'This is potentially a very scary story, even in the cleaned-up version given below. Once, after I'd told it to a group of younger children, a hand went up. "What do Hobyahs look like?" asked a tremulous little voice. That gave me the opportunity to say that Hobyahs only exist in people's imagination and to suggest that the children draw what they thought Hobyahs looked like. It brought home to me the power of the story and its potential to plant the seeds of nightmares. So normally I wouldn't tell it to anyone younger than six or seven years old. But one way to diffuse the horror is to make sure that the children, at the appropriate points of the story, become the Hobyahs, joining in the chant and the actions of tearing down the house and chasing off the old man and old woman'.
Download the story

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Tell-a Story Day 2010 resources

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