Story Telling Shelves

While exploring Pinterest for reading corner inspiration, I came across the lovely idea of Story Telling Shelves.  They are super easy to put together.  All you need is a book and a small assortment of props and toys related to the book’s content.  You don’t even need a shelf; I’ve seen them presented in baskets and bags too.

Presented as an idea for classrooms, these are also a fantastic idea for your home bookshelves. As regular readers will know, I’m a big advocate for springboard activities and book inspired play and these shelves are perfect for encouraging exactly this.

It took about 10 minutes to assemble this Stick Man bookshelf, designed to inspire play based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s very popular book.  I love putting this sort of thing together and thoroughly enjoyed finding various bits and bobs to round out the little stick world I was creating.

The girls came down to it the next day and absolutely loved it.  The beaming smile on my eldest’s face was something to behold and she dived straight in to play.  You know they’re truly taken with something when they proceed to bicker about who gets to play with it on and off all morning.

There are so books that will be perfect for our story telling shelf and I can see it being a great addition to our Book Squirms fun.


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14 thoughts on “Story Telling Shelves”

    1. The teachers who do these things for their classes are amazing. Some of the ideas they put on Pinterest are so inspiring.

  1. This is such a lovely idea! I did something similar for Story Snug’s first Advent Calendars but in that case the objects only stayed in place for a day. Enjoy all this picture book fun, now my daughter is a more independent reader I miss these kinds of activities.


    1. Haha! The ones I’ve done have taken about 10 minutes each, mostly just pottering around finding relevant bits, but they play for much longer than that. I’m hoping as they get used to the idea, the kids can help put them together. Wishful thinking, perhaps!

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