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Storytelling courses – for outdoor learning

Chris Holland outdoor storytelling

Become a great outdoor children’s storyteller – We’d like to present you with a course that will greatly benefit your career!

There is almost no better place to do storytelling than out in nature.

Do you want to become a storyteller? These storytelling courses are for everyone…

  • Parents
  • Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents – not strictly a profession, but a crucial mentoring role!
  • Forest school leaders
  • Classroom teachers
  • Scout leaders and woodcraft folk
  • Home educating parents and families
  • Education for Sustainability programmes and NGOs
  • Childcare providers
  • Outdoor learning instructors
  • Play-workers
  • Conservation Rangers
  • Wildlife guides

Don’t worry if you do not have storytelling experience – it can be learned as long as you are willing go through the learning material and put it into enjoyable practice.

Being an outdoor storyteller has many benefits. Work when you want, and where you want.

Of course you may be naturally nervous when you first step out in front of your new audience. But practice will make you the master of this art of outdoor storytelling. You will be out in nature and feel more and more free and energised each time. Your students will have an unforgettable experience courtesy of you. Experience their faces light up as they listen to your every word, follow your every gesture and facial expression. You’ll grow in confidence. Get creative and expressive. You will be giving others joy and making wonderful memories that will last a lifetime. No matter where you are located, it’s time that you stepped through the door that leads to the magical kingdom of enchanting storytelling.

Magical fairytale Doorway

Chris Holland will be your teacher.

Chris Holland outdoor storytelling

Chris Holland is a professional outdoor educator who specialises in storytelling. Chris has an environmental science and forestry school educational background.

Now Chris Holland has put together a series of outdoor storytelling courses.

Each course is aimed at providing playful outdoor learning.

There are storyboards all prepared for you to use. Mid-term plans for teachers. Tip and tricks. Learning activities and games for all ages. All the learning material that you need is provided – Chris Holland has done all the thinking for you!

You just need to be enthusiastic and ready to get down to a bit of fun learning. All courses can be learned from the comfort of your own home.

The storytelling course consists of 12 beautiful folklore tales. They can be purchased separately or all together as a bundle. There are also other separate courses such as ‘The Storyteller’s Playbook’ and nature-led stories for families.

The storytelling course choice is yours!

Make a rewarding career move and become a storyteller out in nature!

Once you have quickly gained confidence through the experience of having told the stories several times, you will be fully in control of a very rewarding job out in the fresh air.

Where can you find work as an outdoor storyteller?

If you are not yet working in a teaching environment, then consider going freelance. Become a self-employed storyteller. Advertise your outdoor storytelling services to schools and centres.

Outdoor storytelling is a part of forest school education

It’s wonderful to see that forestry schools are becoming extremely popular. These forestry schools will be needing the appropriate storytellers – you can be that person! Your audience is waiting for you. Tell all the forestry schools what you have to offer them. Let them know that you have learned from Chris Holland’s courses, a highly experienced outdoor educator and storyteller with an accomplished reputation. This beautiful form of storytelling is a much appreciated part of forest school education.

Choose a nice location along with the necessary permission to use it – the forest/woods. A leafy park. A beautiful field. Hire a rustic wooden cabin/hut. If you are already a school teacher, you could create your own enchanted space on school premises.

Connect with nature. Your audience awaits you.

By Robert Jakes – sculptor www.robertjakes.co.uk

Go straight to the official storytelling courses on Chris Holland’s official website, or you can find out more in our Blog Post using the appropriate links below…

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Courses…

Courses for outdoor storytelling

If you would like to read more about the courses, and enquire about prices, please go to our Blog post that is about Chris Holland and the courses. We have outlined each course that he has to offer you on your way too becoming a terrific outdoor storyteller.

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Connecting with nature through storytelling

Chris Holland outdoor storytelling

Meet Chris Holland – Nature’s Storyteller

Chris Holland outdoor storyteller

Chris Holland is an outdoor storyteller and educator.

Chris has preformed as a outdoor storyteller at festivals and in many schools throughout the United Kingdom.

He is an internationally known storyteller, author and educator. Chris certainly knows his stuff – In 1993 he gained a degree in Environmental Science, and also became a forestry school leader.

His storytelling subjects are around tales and fables that promote sustainability and speak of creation myths and tales of wonder. Earthly music enhances each story, aimed at connecting the listener with nature.

If you are interested in becoming an experienced outdoor storyteller, Chris has spent many years forming the necessary resources for you!

Outdoor storytelling in nature
Outdoor storytelling

His material allows you to pass on holistic stories through play and observation. There are musical stories and many games that will connect all the listeners. Chris shares with you all that he has learnt. This first self-published book came out in 2009. It was called ‘I Love my World’. A fun, imaginative, hands-on guide to connecting with nature and full of practical ideas. This guide was used by both educators and parents in many countries.

Chris works on stories that allow the listeners to grow in courage, and form a deep connection with themselves and others. Many tales from around the world are told – Myths & fables from Europe, Africa, Australia. And from Native American history.

If you are an educator, or a parent wishing to dive into natural, outdoor storytelling, then these beautiful, one of a kind resources, kindly developed by Chris Holland are for you!

What some of the courses contain:

  • Storyboards.
  • Activities.
  • Mid-term plans.
  • Skill development
  • Tips’ n ticks’

Who are these outdoor storytelling courses directed at:

  • Parents
  • Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents – not strictly a profession, but a crucial mentoring role!
  • Forest school leaders
  • Classroom teachers
  • Scout leaders and woodcraft folk
  • Home educating parents and families
  • Education for Sustainability programmes and NGOs
  • Childcare providers
  • Outdoor learning instructors
  • Play-workers
  • Conservation Rangers
  • Wildlife guides

A great investment that can bring about a permanent change how every child views and treats the planet.

Courses start at as little as £10, but most courses are £30 – £40. And a special offer of £123 if you buy the lessons in a pack of 12. Some larger packs are £300. You get a savings discount on large packs (prices are in sterling)

Courses for outdoor storytelling

The Storyteller’s Playbook – for teachers and educators

“This course is inspirational” A video based, storytelling short course with lots of outdoor learning ideas.

This is what you get:

  • 10 minute story video of Chris telling an ancient Chinese fable
  • a hand drawn storyboard to help you remember the story at a glance
  • 30+ fun filled activities for learning, linked to the story in the video
  • 10 questions you must ask yourself to unleash your storytellers voice
  • telling tips and tricks explained
  • example MID TERM PLANS FOR TEACHERS! Save time planning with specially developed resources developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.
  • mp3 download and more!

I LOVE MY WORLD – over 8000 copies sold!

Paper-free version “This is a must for all” Michael Morpurgo – author and poet

Chris Holland wrote this book to help people who want to care for the Earth by helping them feel at home and part of the land, part of the dance of life.

It’s a playful guidebook on how to share our connection to nature through a wide range of activities and games, stories and practical skills.

This books is written for forest school leaders, teachers, scout leaders, parents and grandparents, outdoor educators, youth leaders and teens.

And it’s Chris Holland’s personal learning journey into the spirit of all things.

The Storytelling for outdoor learning Year Course

12 more stories to develop your storyteller’s voice. “This course is absolutely incredible.”

This year long video based training and self development course gives you the tools and the confidence to tell great stories that engage all your listeners & gives you activities and ideas to inspire creative learning, both indoors and out.

It’s a course that is drip fed, month by month with videos, storyboards, tips and tricks, audio  downloads, activity ideas, curriculum links and more!  Priced at less than £4 per week – it’s amazingly good value. 

Embedded within the stories are holistic principles of ecology, permaculture and wonder. These will develop a sense of curiosity, earth care and a loving respect for all beings.
Certificated Professional and Self Development for:

  • Forest school leaders
  • Classroom teachers
  • Scout leaders and woodcraft folk
  • Home educating parents and families
  • Education for Sustainability programmes and NGOs
  • Childcare providers
  • Outdoor learning instructors
  • Play-workers
  • Conservation Rangers
  • Wildlife guides
  • Parents
  • Aunties, Uncles and Grandparents – not strictly a profession, but a crucial mentoring role!

NEST – Nature-connection

Education & Storytelling for families.

This is what you get:

  • 12 earth care tales, drip fed, to watch, learn and share
  • Hand drawn storyboards to help you remember the stories at a glance
  • Mentoring tips for parents and children
  • 100s of fun filled activities for learning and play, linked to the story in the video
  • Questions to unleash your storytellers voice
  • Storytelling telling tips and tricks explained
  • Nature connection activities and storytelling games for all ages
  • Fun and silly stuff to do
  • Nature art activity suggestions
  • MID TERM PLANS linking every story to the UK’s National Curriculum, specially developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.
  • mp3 download and more!

The NEST playbook for families

A video based, nature-story led, playful learning course for families that’s “bursting with ideas”

This is what you get:

  • 10 minute story video of Chris telling an ancient Chinese fable
  • A hand drawn storyboard to help you remember the story at a glance
  • Mentoring tips for parents and children
  • 30+ fun filled activities for learning, linked to the story in the video
  • 10 questions you must ask yourself to unleash your storytellers voice
  • Storytelling telling tips and tricks explained
  • Nature connection activities and storytelling games for all ages
  • Example curriculum linked MID TERM PLANS specially developed by Rachel Higginson, Creative Educational Consultant.
  • mp3 download and more!

Natural Musicians set 1 – The game changing way to teach music, nature connection and create community.

A confidence building adventure in facilitating moments of natural connection and musical oneness.

This is PART ONE of a groundbreaking connective training journey that helps your musical self emerge, and transform into a more confident and skilled group facilitator, teacher, home educating parent or outdoor activity leader. 

As used by the British National Parks Education Rangers team!

NO instruments required!

These activities help develop

  1. Creativity
  2. Belonging
  3. Nowness
  4. Flow states
  5. Freedom of expression
  6. Connection to self, each other and nature
  7. Confidence
  8. Fine and gross motor skills.

The following storypacks 1 – 12 contain a video of Chris Holland telling the story, the storyboard, bundles of outdoor learning ideas and Mid Term Plans, professional tellers tips and tricks, questions to unleash your storytellers voice… and more.

Whole Learning story pack 1: How Dragonfly came to be

An enjoyable and engaging creation story with fun activities and lots of links to mini beasts and numeracy.

Whole Learning story pack 2 – How Robin got his red breast 

 A hearty tale about courage, doing the best you can with what you’ve got, and standing up for what you love.

Whole Learning story pack 3 – The Rainbow Makers 

An Achomawi myth about how Rainbows came to be, that links to teamwork, climate change and thinking as if all life matters.

Whole Learning story pack 4: The Wise Fool

A light hearted and witty wisdom tale from France about creative conflict resolution, marketplace and jesters of old.

Whole Learning story pack 5: Why frogs are timid.

A didgeridoo accompanied tale from Australia about the power of words, growth mindset and watching the weather.

Whole Learning story pack 6: Grandfather Rock and the Coming of Stories

A native folk tale from North American about how stories came to be, how rocks support life, and the power of bringing our voice to the world.

Whole Learning story pack 7: The World Fruit Tree

An engaging and musical story from the heart of the rainforest about how fruit came to grow all over the world.

Whole Learning story pack 8: Fox Brings Fire

A dramatic tale of empathy, survival, volcanoes and the secret of how Fire came to be hidden in the trees.

Whole Learning story pack 9: The Glass Cupboard 

A modern fairy tale about give and take, making best of an unfortunate event and the wisdom of a generous and humble King.

Whole Learning story pack 10: The Old Oak Tree and the Young Oak Tree

A British story about the seasons, dealing with change, coping with fears, the wisdom of elders and a song to unite it all.

Whole Learning story pack 11: Mikku and the Trees

A Latvian tale about loss, the generosity and harshness of nature, and the carelessness of adolescence.

Whole Learning story pack 12: The Curupira and the Greedy Hunter

An Amazonian folk tale about respect for traditions and the folly and selfishness of human greed.

Whole Learning story pack bundle

The Storyteller’s Playbook – for teachers and educators plus the 12 stories listed above

All the stories and mid term plans from the Storytelling for outdoor learning year course. This bundle contains 13 stories and the mid term plans.

Go to Chris Holland’s storefront to view ALL available resources to assist you in becoming an outdoor storyteller and educator

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Paper Easter egg decorations – an easy craft idea

Easy paper Easter egg craft

Not everyone has the time and patience to create an enjoyable activity for children. But we discovered this easy paper Easter egg craft and decided to give it a try!

It took me about 10mins to make each paper Easter egg decoration. It might take a child bit longer – or even faster depending on their experience with cutting shapes.

It’s great that you don’t need much material for this simple craft. And the result is very beautiful and so decorative.

Paper Easter Egg Craft
Decorative hanging easter eggs

What you will need…

Tools

  • Scissors. You can use straight edged scissors or/and patterned scissors.
  • A pencil.
  • A good quality glue stick.

Materials

  • A piece of card to cut out the egg template.
  • Coloured/patterned paper or thin card. (Or colour your own designs on paper).
  • String/yarn/ribbon.

What you need to do, in easy steps

  • Make a template by cutting out your egg shape from a piece of sturdy card.
  • Draw the egg shape onto 10 pieces of coloured card or decorated/patterned paper of your choice.
  • Cut out the shapes. You can use straight edge scissors, or use decorated edge scissors if you have them!
  • Fold all ten cut out shapes in half.
  • Take your glue stick. Take one cut-out egg shape and cover half of the surface with glue.
  • Stick the egg shape onto half of another paper egg shape, and so on – keep repeating this until you have stuck 9 shapes together!
  • Then you will need to cut a loop of string/yarn/ribbon – about 7cm long. Glue this piece into the top part of your paper egg.
  • Now you can glue on the 10th piece of egg shaped card.
  • Make sure all the pieces of card are stuck in place well.
  • Wait for the glue to dry completely. Then you will be ready to hang your beautiful hanging Easter egg decoration in any place that you like! WELL DONE.
Decorative hanging Easter Egg easy craft
Decorative hanging Easter Egg easy craft
Your finished Easter Egg Decoration

Find at lovely place to hang your homemade decorative Easter egg

Incase you had difficulty following the steps – here is a video that will help you!

We hope you enjoyed this craft idea!

How about buying long lasting wooden eggs for your child to play with!

You don’t have to wait until Easter to let your child enjoy eggs! You can buy good quality wooden ones that provide long lasting play. Let your child make you breakfast the fun way!

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If You Give A Mouse A Cookie – easy craft idea

If you give a mouse a cookie easy craft

There are many crafts and activities that can be created from the cute story of ‘If You Give A Mouse a Cookie’.

I read this delightful, timeless story in one of my ‘story-time events. I decided on this fun and easy ‘If You Give A Mouse A Cookie’ craft to do with the children after the story.

It can be done at home with your child, or done by school teachers with groups of children.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie – Easy craft idea.

(If you do this craft with many children as an activity for pre-schoolers, then you may need to prep it by cutting out the parts such as the ears, in advance)

What you will need…

Tools

  • Scissors.
  • Craft glue.
  • Double sided sticky-tape / or just keep using the craft glue.
  • A thick black marker.
  • Coloured crayons, or paints – pink, black, brown.

Materials

  • Brown card – or a paper plate. (If it’s not already a brown plate, then the plate can be painted or coloured with crayons).
  • Sturdy card e.g a frozen pizza box: because if you are just going to use brown card it won’t be thick enough and will need to be glued onto the pizza box card for extra strength.

What you need to do, in easy steps

  • Take your paper plate, or cut out the circle that will be the mouse’s face. You could use a side plate as a template.
  • Cut the ear shapes from sheets of brown card. Put doubled sided sticky tape on the ears so that they stick to the back of the plate. Or use craft glue.
  • Draw on the eyes, nose and whiskers. The children can colour in the nose and colour part of the ears pink.
  • Cut-out a slit in the mouse’s mouth so he can be fed the cookies.
  • I cut out brown, card circles to the according cookie sizes to fit in his mouth, and coloured them to make them look more like chocolate chip cookies.

The children will enjoy hearing the story and then being able to feed the mouse his own cookies.

Optional: Get creative and craft your own straw and glass of milk for the mouse!

If you give a mouse a cookie story craft idea

Did you know that you can buy a beautiful ‘Mouse, Cookies’ treasury book!? We feature it in our shop.

Not only does this bumper book of 224 pages contain all the ‘If You Give…’ stories, it also contains recipes, songs and activities!  This ‘If You Give…’ treasury book is aimed at children from 4 – 8 years old.

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Easy activity

Bear-Hunt-Activity-Craft

Most of you already know the timeless story of by Micheal Rosen and Helen Oxenbury – ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’

How about an easy craft to go along with the story?

For this craft/activity you do not need any complicated materials – it’s quite straightforward.

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Make your very own Bear Hunt map/trail. Your trail will take you on a journey just like in the book. Walk through the long, wavy ‘swishy swashy’ grass. ‘Splash and splosh’ through the deep, cold river. Trudge through the thick, oozy mud that is so ‘Squelchy and squerchy’. ‘Stumble and trip’ as you venture into the big, dark forest. Get ready to battle through a whirling, swirling snowstorm as it goes ‘Hooo woooo’ around your ears. And, Uh-uh – time to ‘tiptoe, tiptoe’ into a narrow, gloomy cave. Who will you find in there! It couldn’t possibly be a bear could it!?

What you will need for this ‘Going On A Bear Hunt’ craft/activity…

Tools:

  • Scissors, preferably with a wavy edge (to form the wavy grass and the deep river.)
  • Double-sided-sticky tape.
  • Craft glue.
  • A black marker pen.
  • Crayons – white, grey, blue, green, brown,

Materials:

  • A piece of paper, preferably brown packing paper. Cut to size 27 x 20cm approx.
  • A small piece of green and blue paper/card to make the grass and the river.
  • A small piece of cardboard to make the cave.
  • A wad or ball of cotton wool.
  • A small picture of a bear. It’s best to laminate it so that it lasts longer.

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Materials & tools that you will need for your Bear Hunt

  • Cut out your piece of brown paper (size 27 x 20cm approx.)
  • Using the black marker, draw your long, winding trail.
  • Write down the names of the places that you will pass – The Grass (place a strip of double-sided-sticky tape onto the paper) The River. The Mud. The Forest. The Snowstorm. The Cave. Remember to leave enough space between them!

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Draw your trail, and the names. Put the sticky tape in place for the grass.

  • Cut out strips of long, wavy grass.
  • Cut out your river – place double- sided-sticky tape onto the back of it.
  • Tear the cotton wool to make several small puffs of snow.
  • Cut out your cave from the cardboard. Make a flap for the entrance to the cave if you wish. Place double-sided-sticky tape on just one side of the back of the cave.
  • Get your crayons ready

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Place double-sided-sticky tape on the back of just ONE side of the cave

  • Stick the long strips of grass into place.
  • Colour the river to your liking and then stick it in place.
  • Colour your oozy mud.
  • Draw your forest.
  • Colour your snowstorm grey and white. Then glue the cotton wool over some of it to resemble snow.
  • Colour your cave. Only one side of the cave is stuck into place, so you can now slide your bear in and out on the other side.
  • Draw some scary bear footprints!

You can continue to make the other book characters if you like!

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And now you have your very own ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ map/trail!

If you don’t already have the story book, then you can get it on Amazon…

Remember to double check which type of book you would like to have – A board book? – paperback? A sound book!? Pop-up edition? – With or without a c.d or dvd? There are even Bear Hunt puzzles and games! Enjoy your choices on Amazon.

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