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Early Years
Storytelling Workshops

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
Amanda Kane-Smith acting out Little Miss Muffet with preschool children at Longparish Little School

Early Years sessions with Amanda and Fred the Cat

I specialise in interactive storytelling for young children and have been taking my 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, movement, make-believe and 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.

What to Expect: 

Sessions always begin and end the same way, so children quickly become engaged and comfortable to join in.

I have a little black cat puppet called Fred.

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

Fred introduces the theme or story for the session either with a book or with his story baskets.

This is then explored with music and movement using rhymes, familiar songs, make-believe and early years drama.

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 props and percussion instruments.

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


I am happy to offer a discounted rate to Early Years settings

Regular Sessions (45 minutes):

Cost: £60 per session.

Junk Modelling and Creative Sessions (1 Hour 15 minutes):

If the children at your setting are fans of Junk Modelling or Crafts, then I also offer creative sessions which link junk modelling or simple puppets with storytelling.

Cost: £80 per session.


One off Events (1 Hour):

I have a variety of stories and themes which are perfect for special events or parties.​

Cost: £120 per session.


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

For more information and to contact me please click here.

'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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Fred the Cat puppet in his Magic Hat

Fred the Cat Sessions

Fred the Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club at
The Lights Theatre, Andover

Fred The Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club flyer at The Lights Theatre

Fred the Cat is Back!

Fred the Cat's

Magical Monthly Story Club

is an exciting new club for the under fives at The Lights Theatre in Andover.

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

These interactive storytelling sessions are perfect for inquisitive minds and anyone who just loves stories. Sessions will include sensory props and a chance for all children to pretend to be the characters from their favourite stories.

Fred the Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club has been created for 2-5 years.

Spaces are limited and tickets must be booked in advance.

Please book via The Lights Box Office. Call: 01264 368368 

Or Online - for more information and to book, follow the links: 

Fred the Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club now at
Queen Elizabeth Country Park

Fred the Cat's Magical Monthly Story Club flyer at Queen Elizabeth country park

Under 4's

Fred the Cat sessions are a specially designed to engage little people. They can be a fun addition to all kinds of settings large or small, so whether you are a Childminder, Toddler Group, NCT Group or just friends who like to meet up with their little ones, please get in touch to discuss how a session can be developed to work for you!

'.....the highlight of our week!'

(Iggy and Rai's mummy)

Close-up of young girl with Fred the Cat puppet
Parachute Play for SureStart at Springmeadow Children's Centre
Two babies sitting enthralled by Fred the Cat

Fred is a very friendly Cat puppet who lives in a magic hat.

Children love Fred and Fred loves reading.


Fred introduces the children to the themes and books we explore in the sessions.

Merry-go-Round Storytelling sessions are highly interactive and fun.

They provide a positive and friendly environment for both parents/carers and children.

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

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

PROPS AND PUPPETS - Encourages imaginative play

GROUP ACTIVITY - Builds confidence in a fun, friendly environment

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

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Holiday Storytelling Workshops for
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 last one hour and children are accompanied by an adult.

Based on Traditional Tales, Classic Books and Seasonal themes, these lively interactive workshops are a fun introduction to storytelling using music, movement, drama and lots of imagination.

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

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

Children pretending to be dragons for Chinese New Year story celebration at Longparish Little School
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