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My Polka Workshops

October was a BIG month for me!

As well as doing my October Half Term Holiday Library Story Times in Kensington and Chelsea, I was also invited by the Polka Children's Theatre to do my first Workshops in South London!

Polka Theatre logo

The Polka Theatre is one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children. Based in Wimbledon since 1979, Polka creates world-class theatre to entertain and inspire young audiences. Over 90,000 children visit Polka every year to experience fun and exciting theatre, often for the first time. They strive to spark the imagination, stir the emotions and fuel a sense of discovery in all children.

Learning and participation is at the heart of Polka’s work, encouraging children to explore and develop creatively. This is why my Story Time is a perfect fit for their Workshops.

I had a double booking! Two workshops in one day! The first Workshop took place in a room in Colliers Wood Library. Many families had signed up for my workshop in advance but I was thrilled to see quite a few had turned up from listings found online! This is really awesome because it means word of my Story Time is spreading and reaching new eyes and ears! I was delighted to see some parents who are in the same Facebook networking groups as me, also joined my workshops!

Storytime with Anna-Christina Polka Theatre Workshop
Storytime with Anna-Christina Polka Theatre Workshop
Storytime with Anna-Christina Polka Theatre Workshop

Teaching the children about the circus and creating artwork with them at the Polka Workshop

Storytime with Anna-Christina Polka Theatre Workshop
Storytime with Anna-Christina Polka Theatre Workshop
Storytime with Anna-Christina Polka Theatre Workshop

Polka Theatre Workshop in progress - Drama, singing and dancing... I get everyone involved!

My audiobook Billy Joins the Circus was a hit! The children loved listening to the story and doing all the related activities! At the end, I had everyone up on their feet, parents included, all joining in with singing and dancing along to Billy's song! It was absolutely brilliant! I left feeling so inspired and happy! 😊

I jumped on the Northern Line for a few stops and headed to my next Story Time at Morden Library.

Morden Library

The children’s library has undergone a magical transformation into a mystical storyland forest which includes a real grass carpet to add to its sensational themed artwork on all of the main walls.

The sensory library has been developed to stimulate and excite children’s senses to fully immerse them into a magical wonderland.

There's forest furniture and soft seating, a forest scent machine and forest sounds, sensory activity equipment, mini activity centres, giant sand timers and bubble mirrors. It really is a great space for kids and such a wonderful setting for storytelling!

My afternoon session was just as much fun as my morning one and once again, everyone got involved in all of the activities. I was particularly pleased to see that one family, who had been at my morning session, had returned to take part in my Story Time for the second time that day! How awesome is that! Luckily with my Music Audio Stories, there's a lot of detail in the stories and sounds for children to listen out for and quite often, they discover new things each time they listen.

Visit my Kids Corner to see all of the wonderful drawings I collected from both Workshops.

I am extremely pleased to announce I will be doing another one next month! Full details can be found here Polka Theatre Presents: Storytime Christmas Magic.

Thank you Fran Chabrel and the Polka Theatre, I really enjoyed doing the workshops with you! I can't wait for 'Christmas Magic'!

💚 Anna-Christina


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