Quarry School Place, Headington, Oxford, OX3 8LH

Tales Toolkit

We use tales toolkit to develop children’s communication and language skills. Through the resources, children tell their own stories. Stories about the things that interest them, stories that use props and materials from their world. Keeping materials open-ended encourages imaginative play. In Tales Toolkit, anything can be part of a story, from a wooden spoon to a favourite toy making links with hobbies, cultures, and the natural world.

Tales Toolkit focusses on four key areas for storytelling: 

  1. Character – who the story is about?
  2. Setting – where the story will happen?
  3. Problem – what problems will the characters face?
  4. Solution – how will they solve the problem to get to the happy ending?

We use 4 different objects – one for each of the areas – and use these objects to tell a story. The children have all enjoyed their special storytelling times and are all very eager to help with the story telling. 

How you can help at home:

When looking at a book, or even watching a favourite television programme, use the Tales Toolkit Language including problem and solution, and encourage your child to talk about the story.

We also use the language of ‘problem’ and ‘solution’ when dealing with conflicts that they children encounter during their everyday interactions and encourage them to come up with solutions.

Click on this link to find out more to read the research from Goldsmiths University which outlines the benefits of using Tales Toolkit https://assets-global.website-files.com/65c5ddc074252aa82cd253ce/65eb513271e2656fa792eb6d_Goldsmiths-research-2018.pdf

Here’s what Tales Toolkit say…

Tales Toolkit is a learning tool that effectively develops children skills in lots of areas of learning and including language, literacy, social skills, creativity, confidence, empathy, writing, problem solving, maths and lots more

  • It is fun and engaging for both children and staff
  • Children working at different levels and with different needs are all involved and learning
  • Children lead the stories. They use props linked to the community and their interests to help them with their story telling 
  • Lessons are easy, simple to follow and lead to consistency in staff practice
  • Tales Toolkit resources are used across many settings as an effective assessment tool

Information for parents