Storytelling: Heads full of tales

20th June 2003 at 01:00
Discover
12 Bridge Terrace, London, E15 4BG
In an old council building in Stratford, east London, infant school children from Islington are sitting, rapt, in front of Daisy. Daisy is a storybuilder in a purple shirt and she and the children are fizzing with excitement. "Show me your spoon puppets," she urges, and 30 hands wave plastic spoons decorated with feathers, piple cleaners, clothes pegs, coloured paper and sequins.

"Does everybody like stories?" she asks - a question that brings to mind well-worn comments about bears in woods or the Pope and Catholicisim. Of course children like stories. More importantly, though, stories are meat and drink to children: nourishing them, making them grow, giving them new ways to perceive and shape the world. Not that this is obvious to the six-year-olds from Robert Blair school as they race off into the glittering halls and secret spaces of Discover, a museum for children aged two to seven, and their accompanying adults, which opens on June 28.

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