Story Baskets & Props

Story Baskets & Props

Reading books and story telling is an everyday activity in the Early Years classroom, and I often add props or characters to go with them. I’ve had a bit of a blog-break over the Easter holiday and am not actually back at school until Monday, but thought I’d share a few we’ve enjoyed – some are super simple, and others I’ve had to gather a few bits and pieces for. You may have seen some of them on my social media pages…


Three Little Pigs Story Basket

This has been a favourite!

Three Little Pigs story basket from Rachel (",)

Using props to retell The Three Little Pigs - from Rachel (",)


The Gruffalo

Always popular!

The Gruffalo story basket from Rachel (",)


Billy Goats Gruff Story Basket

Such a simple story for the children to re-tell…

Billy Goats Gruff story basket from Rachel (",)

Using props to retell 'Billy Goats Gruff' - from Rachel (",)


Snow White

I was lucky enough to buy these characters cheaply from a private seller on eBay…

Snow White book with characters from Rachel (",)


Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo and props from Rachel (",)



Pirates story basket from Rachel (",)


Owl Babies

The children still love my Owl Baby story stones…

Owl Babies story basket from Rachel (",).


Cinderella characters from Rachel (",)

We’ve had another version of the Cinderella basket too…

Cinderella story basket from Rachel (",)


Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs - from Rachel (",)



Dinosaur story basket from Rachel (",)


The Gingerbread Man

Seen in this post

The Gingerbread Man story basket from Rachel (",)

Another simple version…

The Gingerbread Man story basket from Rachel (",)


Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears - from Rachel (",)

I made these spoons a few years ago now, you might have seen them in this post

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Story Spoons from Rachel (",)


Thomas the Tank Engine

All these books have been donated by parents and the children love them…

Thomas stories and characters from Rachel (",)


Lost and Found

Just a simple invitation…

Lost and Found with props from Rachel (",)


Commercially Bought Sets

We have a few book/toy sets although I don’t have photos of them all. Here are a couple…


Elmer - from Rachel (",)


'Kipper' - from Rachel (",)


Finger Puppets

I bought this set of books years ago from one of the book men that leave books in the staffroom to purchase. Each book has  a really short story with a finger puppet on the front. The children love making up little shows with the puppets and I am forever re-matching them back to the books. 😉

Basket of finger puppet books from Rachel (",)


Songs and Rhymes

Not stories, but I thought I’d share my songs & rhymes basket. I created these cards because I so often forget which songs we know – it also means the children can pick which one we sing/chant. Each card has a picture on the front (found from clipart sites) and the rhyme/song on the back. I always print the web address of the clipart sites on the cards too, as copyright rules are strict and free-image sites often ask you to do this in the small print/terms and conditions…

Basket of songs and rhymes - picture on the front, song:rhyme on the back... from Rachel (",)


Previously Shared Story Baskets or Props

Here are a few of the baskets or stories with props that I have saved in previous blog posts. Click on the photo to take you to the original post.

Number Play

Number Play from Rachel (",)

Playing with Numbers

Playing with Numbers from Rachel (",)

The Tiger Who Came to Tea 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea from Rachel (",)

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Teddy Bear's Picnic from Rachel (",)

Bear Hunt Sensory Bottles

Story Telling with Instruments and Sensory Bottles from Rachel (",)

Room on the Broom 

Retelling Room on the Broom with props - from Rachel (",)


Simple Frozen basket from Rachel (",)

Leaf Man

Leaf Man from Rachel (",)

The Christmas Story

Christmas Story Baskets from Rachel (",)


Small World Play Linked with Specific Stories

Here are three I’ve shared with you before…

We're Going on a Bear Hunt small world story set-up from Rachel (",)


The Chinese New Year small world story set-up from Rachel (",)


Small World Retelling The Billy Goat's Gruff by Rachel (",)


Thanks for reading! 

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Would love you to come & say hello! 🙂 

– Rachel (“,)


  1. How I missed your regular posts but glad you got a break!

    • Aww, thank you Susie! I needed the break!
      Back now 😉

  2. Thanks for sharing!
    These are great activities 😉

    • Thank you, Sandra – and you’re welcome! 🙂

  3. Thank you for this! I continue to be so inspired by your wonderful creative ideas! The fact that you share your hard work re the templates and learning materials you created freely with other educators is so wonderfully collaborative. I personally really appreciate this.

    • Oh you are very welcome, Margaret.
      Thank you for the lovely comment! 🙂

  4. I love these, Rachel. They look so inviting, I can see why they would be hard to resist. Brilliant to extend literacy learning in a play context.

    • Thank you, Sophie! 🙂

  5. Hi do you sell any of these story baskets? They are absolutely amazing and I would like some.
    Thanks you

    • Not at the moment, Julie. They are things I’ve gathered for use in my classroom. Maybe one day! 🙂

  6. The resources are very practical

    • Yes, generally easy to find.
      Thanks, Angela! 🙂

  7. Hi was wondering if these items are for sale as I would love to purchase some Thanks Julie

    • I’m afraid not, Julie. These are just things I’ve collected myself over the years. Would love to set up a shop one day though! 🙂

  8. Gorgeous, stimulating ideas – thank you

    • Oh, thank you, Sharon! 🙂

  9. This is absolutely the best story re-telling material I have seen. I bet the children become completely engaged with this work. I can’t wait to do this with my children this coming school year. Thank you for sharing this fabulous idea!

    • Ah, you’re welcome, Leslie!
      Thanks for the lovely comment! 🙂

  10. Rachel, I love your songs & rhymes basket! I have been wanting to make a song book for my kiddos so they can choose songs to sing. Would you be willing to share your song/picture file?

    • I’m so sorry, Joann, but I can’t find the file anywhere. I would have emailed it to you if I still had it.
      I made the cards by using images from and then either typing the songs/rhymes or copying them from the internet.
      Sorry I can’t be more help!

  11. That’s great! I’m an EFL teacher and that gives me many ideas for my story telling corner in the English classroom! Thank you!!

    • Ah, you’re welcome, Berta! 🙂

  12. So gorgeous! Can you tell me where you found the miniature bricks?Thanks

    • Thanks Sue!
      The bricks were from a private seller on eBay, but they are ‘Teifoc’ bricks, & you can get them from Amazon, eBay etc 🙂

  13. Thanks so quick! They are delightful!
    I am going to do Term 1 in a Kindergarten in 2018
    Maternity relief
    Do you have a favourite format for planning?
    There are so many out there but I want to ensure the program is captivating for children, geared from their interests and promotes provocation!


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