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Tongue Tied & Twisted

Listen to this fabulous story telling project which combines Indian story teller Peter Chand and live DJ music mixing from DJ/Music producer PKC the First

Anasi the Spider

Unicorn theatre have created short films telling the story of ‘Anasi the spider – re-spun’ for 3-8 year olds. Free sing-a-long resources are also offered.

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Black Lives Matter - booklists

A range of booklists for different ages written and illustrated by people of colour from The National Literacy Trust. All the books featured iare by black authors and exemplify the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Script writing

A children's script writing guide in this short film from the BBC. Have a look and see if you fancy having a go!

The Book of Hopes

An online book to read - stories and poems all about 'hopes' from the Literacy Trust.

Ever mis-say words, or make up your own?

How about creating your own ‘Nonsense Dictionary’ and fill it with wonderful words that are weird and wonderful? British Library have a fun activity to help you create your own nonsense dictionary

Audiobooks for free

Free from Audible - click and listen.​

Poem in 10

Write a poem in under 10 minutes with poet Simon Mole. Free workshops offered via his website – you can sign up in advance for them.

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Wizard Presents

A range of stories read by professional storytellers from Wizard Presents

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Storytelling Kit

This kit from Spark Arts helps carers and young children create and tell stories.

Stories by children for children

Read by actor Mark Rylance, from Bubble Theatre's Speech Bubbles Project.

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Soundtrack to a Story

Try this British Library activity to create your own soundtrack to a story using objects you can find at home.

Top writing tips from Joseph Coelho

Have a listen to Joseph’s tips to being a poet and download his free resources

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo talks about being a writer.

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Dreadlock Alien

Meet this fantastic performance poet and hear him describe his artform in this short lively film

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The Freezing Point

Artists from Worcestershire have used a poem The Freezing Point by Jeremy Harwood, to create more art works. Have a look at what other artists created in response to the poem, and have a go at the activities

The Paper Dolls

Listen to Andrea Sadler reading Julia Donaldson's book, and download a free activity pack.

Tales from different places

Listen to these animated tales from around the world.

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Comic Books

Download free comic templates and challenges from brilliant cartoonist Neill Cameron

The world of David Walliams

David is offering free audio downloads of his books at the moment: Elevenses. There's also a Free Fun Activities section, inspired by David's tales.

PLEASE BE CAREFUL!

Children & Young People: please make sure you stay physically safe when doing any of the activities, and check with an adult before starting, as Artslink can't accept liability for any damage to yourself or property!

Children & Young People and key adults: please be aware of the importance of e-safety.

We strongly recommend the Thinkuknow e-safety website.

Artslink is a programme by West Midlands Virtual Schools, co-funded by Arts Connect. It aims to ensure that

all children & young people in care are able to access high-quality arts & cultural experiences and activities.

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