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By Judith HarriesEarly Years teacher and writer

Original article published 26 December 2015

These activities inspired by traditional fairgrounds develop expressive arts skills focussing particularly on music, dance and drama.


The helter skelter

Helter skelter

What you need:
  • A copy of the Activity sheet featuring the story, ‘The helter skelter’.
  • Props for the story
Group sizes:
  • Paired work for ‘Hall of mirrors’
  • Circle of children for ‘Starters’
  • Whole class for the story

Areas of learning:
Communication and Language: Speaking – Children use language to imagine and recreate roles and experiences in play situations.
Expressive Arts and Design: Being imaginative – Plays cooperatively as part of a group to develop and act out a narrative.

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