Helicopter Stories

Welcome to the home of storytelling.

Like you, we believe in the transformative nature of the Early Years – that’s why our storytelling curriculum puts children’s narrative at the heart of teaching.

About Helicopter Stories:

Helicopter Stories is based on the Storytelling and Story Acting curriculum of renowned Early Years practitioner Vivian Gussin Paley. Vivian was patron to MakeBelieve Arts until her death in July 2019. MakeBelieve Arts is a small education charity and we have been pioneering her work in the UK since 2002.

During a Helicopter Stories session, children dictate their stories to an adult scribe. Later that same day, the whole class gather around a taped out stage and the stories are acted out. The approach is suitable for children aged 2 to 7 years old.

In 2015 Trisha Lee published Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories (available to buy in Resources), to support teachers and practitioners to incorporate the approach on a regular basis. The book includes a foreword by Vivian Gussin Paley.

This Helicopter Stories site has been created to share our thoughts and ideas about the approach and to respond to questions we have been asked during training sessions.

You can get in touch with us here, or email us at info@helicopterstories.co.uk  We can also be reached on 01249 714 607.

Helicopter Stories


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Now Available

Helicopter Stories On Demand

The most comprehensive training MakeBelieve Arts has ever offered.

Helicopter Stories On Demand gives you a year of online access to training videos presented by Trisha Lee. The course goes into detail about the four stages of Helicopter Stories and how to introduce it in your setting. It is packed full of anecdotes, video footage of children engaging in Helicopter Stories and is rooted in sound educational philosophy. 

Cost: £360 per individual school or setting. 

If you are a small setting you can apply to info@helicopterstories.co.uk for a 50% discount.

To find out more…

Helicopter Stories Resources


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