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Story bags, early years

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Subjects: Communication and language, Personal, social and emotional development
  • Session type: Teacher led
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: Museum of Liverpool
  • Free


Teacher led storytelling takes place in our Tent of Stories and supports drama and storytelling topics.

Story boxes can be booked Monday to Friday.

Further details

children with parasols listening to a story

© Paula Parker

Stories available for this session are:

  •  We're all going on a bear hunt, Michael Rosen
  • The Emperor of Absurdia, Chris Riddell
  • The incredible book eating boy, Oliver Jeffers
  • Beegu, Alexis Deacon
  • Aaargh! Spider! Lydia Monks

Groups may like to combine a Story box teacher led session with a visit to Little Liverpool. The Little Liverpool gallery is a hands-on world especially for children in early years and key stage 1 to play and learn.  Inside the gallery our youngest visitors can create their own Liverpool - a city where they are in charge. This session is facilitated by a member of of the Museum of Liverpool's Education team. 

Curriculum links

Early Years Communication and language development

  • Listening and attention: Children listen attentively in a range of situations.  They listen to stories, accurately anticipating key events, and respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions or actions.
  • Speaking: Children express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners’ needs.

Personal, social and emotional development

  • Self confidence and awareness: Children are confident to try new activities. They are confident to speak in a familiar group and will talk about their ideas.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand that the Story Tent is a special place.


  • listen to stories and respond to questions.
  • create actions and sounds for characters in stories.
  • develop listening skills.


  • appreciate storytelling can occur in museums.

Attitudes and values

  • be inspired by the stories and props we have in our storyboxes.
  • see the Museum of Liverpool as an enjoyable and surprising place to visit.
  • appreciate the Story Tent is great fun and encourage them to explore the rest of the Museum of Liverpool.