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Early Years
Storytelling Workshops


Early Years sessions with Amanda and Fred the Cat

Amanda Kane-Smith acting out The Wheels on The Bus with children at Longparish Little School
Amanda Kane-Smith with Fred the Cat, storytelling at Longparish Little School
Parachute Play at Longparish Little School
Children jumping across pretend mud splats
Amanda Kane-Smith with Fred the Cat wearing a pirate hat
Children pretending to be dragons for Chinese New Year story celebration at Longparish Little School
Amanda Kane-Smith acting out Little Miss Muffet with preschool children at Longparish Little School

I have been taking my early years storytelling sessions into preschools, nurseries and early years settings for over 15 years.

All my early years sessions are highly interactive and combine a lively mixture of storytelling, music and movement, rhymes, familiar songs, make-believe and early years drama.

They are fantastic for speech and language development and strengthen listening and communication skills.

They are an exciting way to engage young children and to inspire creativity.

All sessions are devised by myself and can be tailored to suit any setting.

Who is Fred the Cat?

Fred the Cat is a little black cat puppet.

He is friendly and gentle. Children love Fred and Fred loves stories.

Fred the Cat introduces the story or theme for each session which is then explored interactively.

Sessions are based either on popular picture books and classic tales, or tailored to compliment any learning themes the children are enjoying within your setting.

Sessions are very visual and the children enjoy using a variety of sensory props and percussion instruments.

What to Expect: 

STORYTELLING AND RHYMES - Great for speech and language development 

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT - Develops co-ordination and listening skills

MAKE-BELIEVE - Inspires creativity, empathy and thinking skills

PROPS AND PUPPETS - Encourages imaginative play

PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS - Enables independent choice and new ways to make sound

GROUP ACTIVITY - Builds confidence in a fun, friendly environment

THEMED SESSIONS - Based on early learning goals, increases knowledge and understanding.

Junk modelling and Creative Sessions

I also have a range of story and craft sessions designed for early years. If you are interested in hearing more about how I combine junk modelling or creative crafts like simple puppet and mask making with storytelling, then please get in touch!


One off Visit - £155

Sessions last approximately 45 minutes and can be tailored to suit you.


Reduced rate for regular visits - £60 per session

I offer a reduced rate to early years settings for regular visits. Settings need to be within 30 minutes from my base in Andover. 

Regular sessions can be weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

Storytelling sessions last 45 mins.

Please note for settings over 10 miles away from my base in Andover, I charge travel @ 50p per mile

I can also deliver my sessions online. Please contact me for further details!


For more information and to contact me please click here.

'What you say:

'Merry-go-Round should be part of every young child's learning journey. Definitely the Best story teller around'


'Thank-you Amanda. It is lovely to see the way the children's faces light up when you tell them stories.'

'Just wanted to thank you for running such a wonderful group. You bring to life everyone's sense of wonder and fun (including the grown-ups!)'

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at The Lights Theatre, Andover


Fred the Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club

is an exciting club for young children at The Lights Theatre in Andover.

Once a month I bring a favourite story book or classic tale to life with music, movement, early years drama, and lots of imaginative fun.

These interactive storytelling performances are perfect for inquisitive minds and anyone who just loves stories.

They are a wonderful introduction to storytelling in a relaxed, informal theatre setting.

Performances include sensory props, and children are able to move around and interact with me as we explore the story together.

Fred the Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club is suitable for children aged 2+

Private bookings are available for schools and preschools who would like to make a whole class theatre visit

Spaces are limited and tickets must be booked in advance.

For more information and to book, please call The Lights Box Office. Call: 01264 368368 

Or you can book Online - Follow the links: 


Upcoming Stories


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Holiday Storytelling Workshops
2-5 Years olds

Group of Children pretending to be giraffes at The Lights Theatre
Children dressed as characters from The Three Billy Goats Gruff

My storytelling workshops for Under 5's are a great choice for events, venues and holiday clubs.


Based on Traditional Tales, Classic Books and Seasonal themes, these lively interactive workshops are a fun introduction to storytelling using music, movement, early years drama, sensory props and puppets, and lots of imagination!

Sessions can involve a simple craft element which links to the workshop theme or story.

Sessions last one hour. 

Please get in touch if you would like me to run an Interactive Storytelling Workshop  at your holiday group, club or venue. 

For more information and to contact me please click here

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