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Circle storytelling

Work as a team to create one story together – the more ideas, the better.
Plan a session with this activity

Before you begin

  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include: 

  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Make sure everyone stands at least two metres away from each other in your circle.

Share in a story

This activity works really well around a campfire, or as a chance to calm down after an exciting activity.

  1. Everyone should sit in a distanced circle.
  2. Someone should begin to tell a story with a short phrase.
  1. The next person in the circle should continue the story by adding a short phrase, for example ‘I saw a big green monster, who’.
  2. The story should keep moving around the circle and everyone should take it in turns to add a phrase.
  3. Once the story is long enough, the last person should add an ending, for example ‘then we went home for tea’. 


This activity needed everyone to get imaginative and communicate with others. How did everyone make sure that everyone else understood their phrase? Perhaps people made sure to speak (or sign) slowly and clearly, or repeated their phrase for anyone who missed it. People needed to keep going to keep the story building – it can be tricky to keep focusing and thinking of new ideas. How did people think of their ideas? Sharing ideas with others often helps to spark ideas; it’s a brilliant way to be creative.


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.