Welcome to Helicopter Stories

This is a sister site of our main website at MakeBelieve Arts. Here you can read blog posts about Helicopter Stories, enroll in The Poetry Basket and receive information about our latest resources.

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.

princessesIn 2015 Trisha Lee published Princesses, Dragons and Helicopter Stories, to support teachers and practitioners to incorporate the approach on a regular basis. The book includes a forward by Vivian Gussin Paley.

This Helicopter Stories blog 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.

We are also delighted to introduce a new online poetry programme for the academic year 2019/20. The Poetry Basket has been created to support speech and language development in the Early Years in a fun and creative way.

If you would like to book Trisha Lee or Isla Hill from MakeBelieve Arts to deliver Helicopter Stories training in your setting, do please get in touch via our main site at MakeBelieve Arts or email us at info@makebelievearts.co.uk  We can also be reached on 01249 714 607.