The Story Basket

The Story Basket is payable by annual subscription. It contains audio only stories, alongside a host of resources, word banks, Helicopter Stories version of each story to act out and a range of interesting thoughts for discussion. The programme is suitable for children age 3 to 7. 

The Story Basket contains 27 audio-only fairy tales and folktales, accompanied by music and sound to bring these magical stories to life. The collection is designed to be listened to throughout the academic year with stories categorised by length and a plethora of accompanying resources. It includes, Word Banks, a host of Activities, Thoughts for Discussion and Resource Ideas suitable for children aged 3 to 7. This truly is an enchanting compilation that will enthral audiences both young and old.

Trisha Lee’s storytelling creates imaginary worlds where your children will lose themselves. Music and sound from David Baird brings these tales to life as we take you on a journey of lost mittens, tiny elves and singing donkeys.

The Story Basket gives you:

  • One year’s access to 27 audio-only stories and accompanying resources
  • Downloadable PDFs including a Helicopter Stories version of each story for you to lead the acting out with your children
  • A Word Bank of images to support each story
  • Thoughts for Discussion to engage your children in quality talk around the story themes
  • Arts, craft, drama and curriculum linked activities that can be used to explore each story
  • Suggestions for Wriggly Children on where to stop the longer stories, so you can listen to them in two parts
  • Plus a promise that more stories will be added each year

The Story Basket costs £30 per year. The subscription can be cancelled at anytime and you will still have access to the programme for a full year from the date purchased.

The Stories so far:

Festive Stories

  1. The Little Fir Tree (06:05)
  2. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (08:16)

Stories Under 6 minutes

  1. Stone Soup (04.53)
  2. The Enormous Turnip (05:27)
  3. Three Billy Goats Gruff (05:31)
  4. The Gingerbread Man (05:40)
  5. The White Mitten (05:40)
  6. The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse (06:00)
  7. The Frog Prince (06:00)

Stories between 6 and 10 minutes

  1. Chicken Licken (06:12)
  2. The Greatest in the Land (06:37)
  3. How Elephant Got It’s Trunk (06.43)
  4. The Leaky Bucket (06:47)
  5. The Clay Pot Boy (06.49)
  6. The Lion and the Mouse (07:06)
  7. Little Red Riding Hood (07:19)
  8. The Princess and the Pea (07:43)
  9. The Ugly Duckling (07:49)
  10. Rabbit and The Carrot (07.57)
  11. The Tinder Box (08.04)
  12. The Elves and the Shoemaker (08:43)

Stories Between 10 and 15 minutes

  1. Goldilocks and the Three Bears (10:00)
  2. The Town Musicians of Bremen (10:01)
  3. Rumpelstiltskin (10:55)
  4. The Porridge Pot (10:56)
  5. The King’s New Clothes (11:34)
  6. The Twelve Dancing Princesses (13:50)
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Programme Includes

  • 30 Lessons
  • 28 Topics

Ratings and Reviews

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10 Ratings
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Bernadette Xavier
Posted 1 year ago
Brings the children's imagination to life

I have enjoyed doing helicopter stories as it has been a great way to get some non-speakers talking. It was interesting to see my boys (the majority) come to tell their stories from three words to so much more that I had to remind them there was not much space left to right. It confirmed children's different styles of learning and they do taking in more than we realise when they are not looking.

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Maria Fotheringham
Posted 2 years ago
Wonderful resources that the children love

This is such an amazing way of increasing children's language and inspiring a love of poetry. They remember the words and the actions and love performing the poems.

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Kara Cook
Posted 2 years ago
Stories are easy to use

I love the short stories in the story basket my kids love them!

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Sharon Hooper
Posted 2 years ago

The children in my class absolutely love these.

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Posted 3 years ago
Igniting young imaginations

A weekly dose of Helicopter Stories launches the creative powers within the mind of all ages. The look of enjoyment on children's faces as they sit around the stage and listen to the stories never fails to bring a smile to any face. Listening to them create their stories brings with it the chance to share in a world of imagination and truly watch these young minds grow.

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Shelley Taylor
Posted 3 years ago
Another fabulous addition.

Having used the Poetry Basket across the year, I had high expectations for the Story Basket and I haven't been disappointed. Reception class have been very engaged with these beautiful audio stories - a new experience for many children. We are really enjoying the stories and the format is brilliant for helping children build focus and attention - I will continue to use it next year. Thankyou!

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Nicola Howe
Posted 3 years ago
Such a useful resource

We did the Elves and the Shoemaker because it fitted in with our theme. The children found it a novelty to listen - a few looked round in case they were missing a visual and then relaxed and tuned in. The children loved the music and sound effects - it kept them engaged, and the staff just enjoyed being told a story! We will definitely be using more of these stories and activity ideas.

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Helen Prud’homme
Posted 3 years ago
WOW, what a story!

Amazing stories, the children were mesmerized with the amazing music, stunning descriptions and unbelievable story telling. They laughed a lot and were inspired into creating props, singing and dancing as a response to what they heard. Brilliant for EAL learners as so interactive. An absolute favorite is the Three Billy Goats Gruff! Thank you Make Believe Arts.

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Elaine Bennett
Posted 3 years ago
Fantastic resource for developing language and so much more

We have been using Story Basket with our YrR class and it really is fantastic. The children are developing their listening and attention skills as well as imagination and vocabulary. The Leaky bucket was a real favourite and we find the children are so motivated to and act out the stories in their play afterwards. Cannot recommend highly enough!

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Debby Thacker
Posted 3 years ago
The beauty of listening

I think these are fantastic. There is something really magical about listening to a story well told and these are beautifully told. They are full of humour and heart, Trisha's voice is warm , and the stories, though familiar, have individual touches that make you think. These reward repeated listening and will contribute to a rich story diet that children need to become storytellers themselves.

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