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Encouraging our digital natives with Plusnet’s Once Upon A Time Online

re-writing the gingerbread man

Disclosure – post in collaboration with Plusnet.

I hope that anyone stumbling across my blog would realise how much I love reading. I’ve always been a bit of a bookworm and love that I have two of my own little bookworms! My children just love to read and bedtime is a favourite part of the day for all of us, a time where we can sit and share our latest books together.

The importance of sharing a bedtime story

My children are now 7 and 9 and sometimes our story time does have to slip. Now the children are a little old they go to clubs which finish late, and on those nights we opt for a chat about our day instead of sharing a chapter or two. Sadly, it seems that we are not alone. Recent research suggests that the amount of ‘infrequent readers’ is on the rise between 6-17-year-olds and although the majority of parents say reading is a special time for bonding, the number of parents having the opportunity to enjoy shared storytime has been on a steady decline. 85% admitting that they don’t read aloud to their children every day.

Once Upon A Time Online with Plusnet & Larry Lamb

We were recently contacted by Plusnet who have teamed up with Larry Lamb to re-imagine a trilogy of classic fairy tales for our digital generation. The ‘Once Upon a Time Online’ series, specially developed for children under 10, has been launched by Plusnet to show how technology is a good thing, encouraging families shared desire for story time.

Plusnet Once Upon a Time Online

My children just adore technology but to be honest they usually use it to watch their favourite YouTuber for half an hour after they’ve done their homework. I’m not a big fan of them having too much screen time but I do love Larry Lamb so was happy to hear more about this collaboration. Plusnet gifted us some supplies so we could watch the three stories which you can find on Plusnet’s site.

We loved the modern re-telling of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. The children knew the classic versions but I think they will remember the new versions they have watched! They still have the strong moral message that all fairy tales have, but they have been cleverly adapted for a new audience, reflecting the language and devices that our children know and love. The fact that Jack wanted to make viral videos was pretty funny to hear! These make a great bedtime story, although you can share them at any time in the day.

Re-imagining The Gingerbread Man

Plusnet asked us to recreate our favourite fairy tale at home, with a modern twist. You can probably guess which one we chose! The Gingerbread Man has always been a firm favourite and Big Brother couldn’t wait to re-write the ending in his own cartoon style.

recreating our favourite fairy tale

In our modern version, the Gingerbread Man decides to use the power of his Amazon Fire to order a rocket blaster which he uses to escape the Cook, swinging away across the river.

recreating our favourite fairy tale

He then orders a gingerbread house kit and bakes himself a gingerbread house to live in, away from all the people who want to eat him.

re-writing the gingerbread man

Big Brother has a great imagination so he enjoyed the challenge of re-writing a story he knows so well. If your child loves fairy tales, or you are looking for a way to encourage their storytelling skills, then take a look at Once Upon a Time Online. It’s fun for our little digital natives, and a great way to share technology and increase their oracy skills too.


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    Sarah Bailey
    September 19, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    This sounds like such an interesting way to bring together the traditional and the digital. There is something incredible about being brought up with a love for reading in whatever way suits the person.

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    September 20, 2019 at 5:29 am

    I love to read and think children should be encouraged from a young age, and that people learn ebtter when they’re enjoying themselves. This sounds like a great way to combine encouragement of reading with technology.

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    Rebecca Smith
    September 20, 2019 at 10:27 am

    I’ll definitely be checking it out. Sometimes our story time slips due to stuff like Beavers and other clubs but this seems a great way to still encourage and instil a love of reading.

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    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    September 20, 2019 at 10:31 am

    This is a great way to utilise access to technology in a positive way. An interactive way for them to continue reading and learning, whilst getting involved and creating their own stories

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    September 20, 2019 at 11:03 am

    It’s really important to be able to embrace technology but mold it to our lives in such a way that it benefits us not hinders us. I love the re-imaging of the stories and how Big Brother created his story sequences! So cute!

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    Olivia Jade
    September 20, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I think this is a great thing, I think a lot of people need to find ways of allowing children to use technology in a positive way. This is a great start to that! 🙂 x

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    Crystal (The Busy Mom Diary)
    September 21, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    I have to agree with many other readers, this is an excellent way to bring the technology into learning and with a positive spin.

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    Emily Underworld
    September 21, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    This looks like a lot of fun, and very creative! I love how technology has been included alongside drawing!

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