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Free Stories (and activities) to share with your children.

Introduction for parents/carers teaching their children at home.  In these uncertain times surrounding the current pandemic, Jigsaw PSHE offers parents and children two of our original stories from the Jigsaw Families Programme.

Click the button below to begin with the first story (audio files)   and then when you've done that one, come back here and proceed to the next story: 

Go to Story 1: Fowley's Wings

Go to Story 2: The Switch Watch


Lost for words

With one in 29 school age children in the UK (or one in every classroom) having been bereaved of a parent or sibling, this book – Lost for Words: Advice for Children About How to Deal with Grief – aims to help young people through grief.
The book – created to mark Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2019 – is made up of quotes, advice and corresponding emojis crowd-sourced exclusively from children bereaved from birth to late teenage years. 

This book was conceived and edited by Benjamin Brooks-Dutton; author of the Sunday Times Bestseller It’s Not Raining, Daddy, It’s Happy; award-winning Life as a Widower blogger and chair of the Life Matters task force for bereaved families.



How to NOT go to School

Parsley Mimblewood is a home-schooled kid who sees herself as something of an expert on “How to NOT go to School”.

The story follows her daily whimsical adventures along with her 11 animals and 7 imaginary friends. Each chapter explores an issue that might be weighing on children’s minds at the moment such as missing friends, dealing with emotions and feeling cooped up. 


The Story of the Oyster and the Butterfly:  The Corona virus and me.

Ideal for under 5's - teachers and parents can share with their children:


Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus

A book created by a nurse to help ease children’s fears about the coronavirus outbreak has proved a hit, and has already been downloaded more than 15,000 times.

The free picture book, Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus, features a dog named Dave relaying his anxieties about coronavirus to an owl named Dotty, who is a nurse.

Author Molly Watts, a staff nurse on the paediatric intensive care unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said she wrote the book because she wanted to provide information that was factual and child-friendly.

The Story helps parents to start talking about coronavirus with their children.


Coronavirus - a book for children 

Released today: a free information book explaining the coronavirus to children, illustrated by Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler .

The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds:

  • What is the coronavirus?
    • How do you catch the coronavirus?
    • What happens if you catch the coronavirus?
    • Why are people worried about catching the coronavirus?
    • Is there a cure for the coronavirus?
    • Why are some places we normally go to closed?
    • What can I do to help?
    • What’s going to happen next?

You can download a copy of the book here or, if you have trouble with that link, here