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Happy Children with Easter Eggs

Using Sensory Stories in Early Years Settings


Communication and Language

Listening to a range of stories and rhymes builds listening and understanding skills and provides opportunities for individuals to relate experiences to those in their own lives and to make up their own stories.  

Personal, Social & Emotional development

The stories present a range of characters and moral dilemmas, teaching children about socially acceptable and unacceptable behaviours and their consequences, in turn, building self-awareness and developing skills to recognise and manage emotions. Sharing stories fosters positive relationships and promotes turn taking and sharing.  

Physical Development

The themed extension activities accompanying the stories, promote the development of gross and fine motor skills, co-ordination and control skills. 


The stories present opportunities to develop and improve skills in counting, understanding, and using numbers, and describing shape, space and measure. 



Interest is stimulated through sharing stories, developing, and supporting children’s non-verbal communication, language and early literacy skills. Through repetition children learn new words, recognise narrative enabling them to value language and become confident learners. 


Understanding the World

The props that support the stories help individuals to make sense of their environment through observation, investigation, and exploration of a variety of objects and materials. The stories involve people, cultures, festivals and places.  

Expressive Arts and Design

The development of imagination and personal creativity through storytelling, role play, arts, crafts, music and dance.   

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