Puppet theatre toys, and gorgeous wooden Gruffalo toys, perfect for use with story sacks.
Children adore stories, whether it’s listening to them or as they grow older reading for themselves. Books and stories play a really important role in a child’s development, from very first board books to classic novels. From books, children learn language and literacy skills, emotional understanding and social skills. A way to enhance their reading journey is through play using storytelling toys.
Story sacks are a great way to help kids engage with their books using a multi-sensory approach. Taking a children's book and then bringing it to life with puppets, soft toys, props, and wooden animals can improve children's literacy skills, understanding, and reading. Using the various characters from a book you can compile your collection into a bag, or sack, then create activities and games surrounding your figures as you read the story. Popular story books for this are The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Squash and a Squeeze and for younger children, nursery rhymes. Why not try a non-fiction book to help your child's understanding of a historical event, or to help teach an eyfs science or even maths lesson? Children love to read the Gruffalo book about the little brown mouse who outsmarts a fox, owl, snake and eventually the Gruffalo himself. Our Bajo Gruffalo and mouse figures lend themselves perfectly, so that children can use them in pretend play, and creative play to act out the story whilst they read. These figurines are made from solid wood and have been lovingly painted just like Axel Scheffler’s illustrations so are instantly recognisable. They have movable limbs that even have knobbly knees, and are wonderfully chunky so children will love manipulating them to stand in different positions. To enhance your child’s experience take a look at our wooden animals page where you will find a variety of foxes, owls and snakes to choose from and complete your gruffalo story sack. As they act out the story and play games with the characters, children's reading skills are enhanced as they are able to associate the words with an object. A puppet theatre toy is a traditional toy that has stood the test of time, children of all ages will adore putting on shows of their favourite stories, as well as making up their own scripts. Parents will be treated to multiple performances as kids delight in making you laugh and applaude. This form of creative play is incredibly rewarding for a child and will give them a great boost in self-esteem, and confidence. Our wooden puppet theatre from Tidlo has been well made, and beautifully decorated with bright colours. A chalkboard has been incorporated so that children can decorate the theatre themselves, or write details about their shows. The cute, gingham material curtains, mean your small puppeteer will be able to play at being in a real theatre, as they open and close them at the start and end of their performances. Suitable for both finger puppets and hand puppets our puppet theatres are a great size and would also be well suited for use with a story sack full of different characters. At Danu we understand that high quality wooden toys come at a cost so for orders over £40 to the UK mainland and Northern Ireland we will give you free delivery. If you live in the Republic of Ireland you will qualify for free shipping on orders over £50, express delivery is also available. Please refer to the terms and conditions for our returns policy.