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Inclusive Stories Festival: The Wee Bannock with Ailie Finlay

Part of Scottish Book Trust's Sensory Storytelling programme, funded by The Mohn Westlake Foundation

Storyteller Ailie Finlay holding a fabric bird

Coming soon! This event will be available from 10am on Thursday 15 April.

Sensory storytelling specialist Ailie Finlay shares the story The Wee Bannock. This is a shortened version and taster of her story, The Runaway Gingerbread Boy at The Yard, which is available for The Yard members to watch on The Yard YouTube channel(this will open in a new window) and will be available for members of the public to watch too.

The Yard(this will open in a new window) is a Scottish charity supporting disabled children and young people (aged 0-25) and their families through adventure play. The Yard offers creative and inclusive play experiences in a well-supported environment, alongside wraparound support for the whole family.

Did you know? The Wee Bannock is the traditional Scottish version of The Runaway Gingerbread, but The Runaway Gingerbread is better known!

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Preparing to watch The Wee Bannock

This story is suitable for children and young people aged 3+. The Wee Bannock is an exciting sensory story and Ailie incorporates sound and movement into her storytelling. Ailie bangs slippers together, bangs a bucket with a stick, rustles newspaper and claps. This repeats throughout the story.

If you are working with children who are sensitive to loud noise, we recommend watching the video on your own first to determine if it is suitable for them.

Throughout the story, Ailie incorporates sensory elements and sound. Materials and props you might like to collect to join in with the story are:

If you don't have all these objects, don't worry – you can still have fun joining in with the story!

Preparing Makaton or other symbol resources

You might like to prepare symbol resources or Makaton signs to help young people follow the story or engage with its content. Some key themes are:

To help you share the story, Ailie Finlay has proved the script for you to download below.

Preparing to watch The Runaway Gingerbread Man at the Yard

The Runaway Gingerbread Boy at The Yard is available for The Yard members to watch on The Yard YouTube channel(this will open in a new window) and members of the public. This story is suitable for children and young people aged 3+. This is an exciting sensory story and Ailie incorporates sound and movement into her storytelling. Ailie rings a bike bell, jingles bells, claps her hands and says 'STOP!' loudly and sings.

If you are working with children who are sensitive to loud noise, we recommend watching the video on your own first to determine if it would be suitable for them.

Throughout the story, Ailie incorporates sensory elements and sound. Materials and props you might like to collect to join in with the story are:

If you don't have all these objects, don't worry – you can still have fun joining in with the story!

Preparing Makaton or other symbol resources

You might like to prepare symbol resource or Makaton signs to help young people follow the story or engage with its content. Some key themes are:

To help you share the story, Ailie Finlay has proved the script for you to download below.