Teaching children with Kamishibai books

This is me sharing my kamishibai stories with a reception class.

As a teacher I know there are many benefits of using kamishibai in the classroom. For instance, the main benefit and, the most important one for me is that using kamishibai makes story time inclusive. When you use my kamishibai along with the wooden frame your hands are free to use sign language as you read the story. You could also use props to aid your storytelling or musical instruments for example.


Kamishibai are perfect for story times anywhere. Inside, outside, and in any country. Where would you use yours?

Another benefit to using kamishibai in the classroom is that mine have repetitive and predictable patterns occurring throughout the story. This allows the story teller to involve the audience in the telling of the story, as they already know or anticipate what will happen next.

Reception classroom display of sequencing my Gingerbread Man kamishibai.

Kamishibai can be used to teach the writing process. Drawing, telling and revising are part of the pre-writing process. Telling a story orally before committing it to paper helps to cement the understanding of the process, ensuring the story has a beginning, a middle, and an end, and that it follows a logical sequence.





Sid reading our Planning Ideas Pack.


My Planning Ideas Pack, which is included in every set of kamishibai and is compatible with the EYFS or Curriculum of Excellence, is full of activity ideas to enhance the learning that kamishibai provides. There’s more info on the Planning Ideas Packs in the shop.

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Christie Burnett – Childhood 101 has some great posts about the importance of reading to children and tips to help you if this is something you don’t feel that confident about doing.

For further reading about multiple literacies: The Kamishibai Classroom: Engaging Multiple Literacies Through the Art of “Paper Theater” by Tara M McGowan or visit www.taramcgowan.com