The Storytelling Sessions

Bob is a fun and lively acorn (or oakanut, as one four year old called him). His story is about kindness, a willingness to help, and coming through for someone when they really need you. One of my most loved characters, Bob has been used as the basis of many activities, from Mathematics (sharing, counting and weighing), Science (identifying and classifying plants and trees, the lifecycle of oak trees and mini-beasts, the seasons, etc) to English (writing short stories and poems based on his adventures, with pirates and chocolate cake). Bob’s Brillinut Book contains information about him, the natural world he loves and the things he thinks are important (ecology, kindness, and…err cake).

In schools, Bob works well with all primary aged children, although EYFS and Key Stage 1 children enjoy his antics most. He is available for online live and recorded sessions and live bookings, for full or half day sessions. Please read his blog here: Bob’s Blog This is a live blog and is updated regularly.

Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Mr Biggles is a lovely, friendly bear, that lives in a wood and knows a great deal about the countryside and our world. He can help you find out about animals, birds and trees in the forests he loves in Britain, and every other living thing on Earth. An expert on what makes the planet as wonderful and powerful as it is, he can tell you about rivers and mountains, skies and seas, earthquakes and volcanoes, tiny streams and mighty moving floods of water and soil. Also a believer in being a responsible member of the world, Mr Biggles can talk to you about recycling, using electricity and water wisely and how to take care of our environment.

Mr Biggles is popular with all primary children, but is most suitable for Lower Key 2. Science and Geography focused stories lead directly into practical design technology problem solving or investigations, depending on your setting or requirements. He is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, online sessions, live or recorded.

You can find out how Mr Biggles went from Hook to (virtual) Story Book, by reading my blog about him here: Mr Biggles – From Hook to Book

Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Arriving on Earth after a freak incident on the Moon shook him loose in his little Moon Rock house, Oggy is now on an ongoing mission to seek out new stories and new poetry, to go boldly where one stripey little alien has never before gone (or something like that anyway). Oggy Boggles is, after Bob, my most loved characters. Children relate to his troubled, lonely life on the moon, defying gravy (sorry, gravity), his battle for survival in space and the sea off the Welsh coast, and finally his happily ever with Maltesers and cake. When I make return visits to schools, Bob and Oggy Boggles are always requested to make an appearance for more stories.

Mr Oggy Boggles and I are available to share the hand illustrated book about his life and story writing strategies, as well as may be another story or two with pupils and teachers, because we both love stories. We can speak to you live online, via video on YouTube or in person, for a full day or half day session.

Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Eric Von Wolfenstein comes from the forests of Bavaria in Germany. He speaks impeccable English and can teach a little German to young persons in Britain, but his specialism is the stories of the folk and the ones that were told orally, especially from his home region. This means he is well versed in the tales of the Brothers Grimm and their contemporaries, and, of course, he can tell you all the Traditional Tales about wolves and how badly treated they were by pigs, little girls in red capes, woodsmen and little old ladies in the nighties.

The activities that accompany Eric’s storytelling sessions can include: food based art, vegetable growing, basic cookery, experiments with materials, sequencing skills, retelling strategies, memory skills, story writing skills, history, personal safety (PSHE), Forest School skills – building a fire, using wood, cutting wood, using tools etc.

Eric’s stories and his activities are suitable for children from three to eleven, and he is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Reynard the Fox says he has his origins in France, but this clever and crafty character has many guises and tales to tell, from Aesop’s Fables to French Fairy Tales from the oral tradition, such as Cinderella. A wily and spirited inventor, he loves setting and solving challenges, involving word play, riddles and technological skills. He also loves to talk about himself and how he is part of a history of tricksters in mythology and legend, such as the Norse Loki and the desert coyotes.

Sessions with Reynard involve reading and writing riddles and viking kennings; taking part in Trickster Tasks, solving some of the problems that feature in the trickster tales; Gingerbread Man games and activities; animal art and craft based on historical sources

Reynard’s stories and activities are suitable for children from three to eleven, and he is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Bees, Trees and Muddy Knees is one of my newest, and favourite, sessions. A combination of stories and nature themed activities, this is an all year round programme designed to engage children with the environment and to take direct action to help in small ways. Via simple and beautiful tales about the world around us, children hear about how we can care for it and take tiny steps to make positive choices. This includes planting bee friendly plants, to reduce, reuse and recycle rubbish and to get outside to enjoy the parks, woodlands and countryside we have within reach. In previous sessions, children have learnt about the lives of bees, their hives, their honey and made bee hotels for solitary bees. The aim of these sessions is to get the children interacting with nature (hence the muddy knees), so we’d come back to the program over the year with a different focus each time, and this is so exciting to see.

To see pictures from a past day of Bees, Tress and Muddy Knees activities, click here: Summer Activities

The Bees, Trees and Muddy Knees program is suitable for children from three to eleven, and it is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Mad Mollie Muddiditch

Mad Mollie Muddiditch is Shropshire’s own pirate lass, who can spin a pirate yarn and knit a sock out of it while she’s about it. She has a treasure trove of piratical stories and activities for little uns and middle sized uns and possibly some larger uns an all. From treasure hunting and map making, to flag making and fact finding, she’s your gal, just don’t mention Blackbeard or she’ll never stop talking and she’ll tell you all the facts. Even the ones that mebbe true….

TEACHERS! Check out my Pirate Themed resources on TES Resources here: Pirates Galore!

Mad Mollie Muddiditch’s stories and activities are suitable for children from three to eleven, and she is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Radnor the Dragon comes from the Welsh hills of Powys and was born of legend and a truth. He is part of package that slowly reveals his own story, and that of an old Radnorshire myth, St. Michael and five churches encompassing an area of special geographical interest. Investigations into his story, bring in aspects of history, geography, RE and PSHE, as well as touching on other legends from British mythology. Ancient tales from the Mabinogion and Arthurian lore are tied together, as are dragon lore and the story of St George, St George and famous renaissance art, the connections can be made and Radnor can be on hand to help process it all.

Radnor’s story is suitable for children from three to eleven, but his many of his activities would best suit children in Key Stage 2. He is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Rex is the last dinosaurs… and he has no teeth! His story is a sad one. He ate too many Stegosaurauseseses and they cost him his teeth because their back plates were actually made out of sweets. Let’s not let facts get in the way of good story with this fun tale about the perils of how not to look after yourself and ask children for sensible suggestions for how Rexy can go on living a happy and healthy for another 500 million years… A session built around young children’s love of dinosaurs and the message of healthy living.

Rex’s tale is suitable for children from three to eight, and he is available for full day or half day sessions with classes, or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Norbert is a shy little monster I met one night as I was going home from school. He was sad and he had a problem… Through thoughtful and thought-provoking storytelling, children can discuss and offer their own solutions to issues such as bullying, loneliness, stress, moving house, a new baby in the family. Basic meditation and mindfulness techniques are included to create a calm and reassuring time of sharing and peace.

Norbert’s sessions are suitable for children from three to eleven, and he is available for full day or half day sessions with classes,or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Cedric is a lovebird deeply in love with music. It is a shame, therefore, that he can neither sing or remember the words of any songs other than the one that ‘gets on your nerves.’ However, he is always eager to learn, and with the help of a group of children and a box of instruments, he is bound to pick up some new skills… isn’t he? During a session with Cedric, there is singing, dancing and lots of fun (and probably a bit of silliness too).

Cedric’s activities are suitable for children from three to eleven, and he is available for full day or half day sessions with classes,or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Having trouble sleeping? Or worse, having trouble trying to convince someone smaller than you to go to sleep? The Bedtime Story package offers some solutions with ideas for bedtime reading and the last hour before lights out for children and families to help get a good night’s rest for all, and good night of reading. Designed to promote reading and a lifetime of good reading habits, the package includes a session for parents and a recommended booklist and app guide.

The Bedtime Story package is suitable for children from three to eleven, and is available as a full day or half day session, or as a online session, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Miss Bunny and her activities loves working with children from three to seven year olds on their maths skills. She can suggest fun games to play indoors and outdoors, using basic, easily available equipment and materials that you can find at home or in the garden. Learn how to carry out calculations, count really big numbers, recognise shapes with weird sounding names, measure objects and messy things so that there’s a mess, and not even know you’re learning while you’re doing it.

If you would like to meet her, Miss Bunny is available for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Immersive Mythistory offers sessions of history and myth based learning experiences for EYFS, Key Stage 1 or Key Stage 2 children. In full costume of the period, Emmis will tell legends and lead activities from the past on any one of these different areas – The Ancient Greeks, The Romans, Vikings and Norsemen, Celts, The Ancient Egyptians, Medieval England, The Victorians. Notes can be provided for suitable food and costumes ahead of time, anyone else wants to take part to make the day totally complete.

Mythistory is now available in person, or for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


Dolly and the Shelf Elves are mad about books – fiction, non-fiction, hardback books, paperbacks, picture books, books with no pictures in at all, story books, poetry books, long books, really short ones, books about books, any sort at all books, even the ones you have to write in at school books. They can talk to children about the importance of reading and all the different pathways into enjoying it, from superhero comics to big, heavy novels about wizards going to school. There are many routes to find a love of reading and it can be anything that sets young people off in the right direction, and these lovable characters can help children find their own way there. The Shelf Elves and Dolly encourage children to look at all forms of literature and writing in different ways, and to value reading and the sheer joy of what it can bring to our lives.

If you would like to meet them, Dolly and the Shelf Elves are available for online sessions, live or recorded. Contact me: emma@emblabee.org, or call 01743236448


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