I love making storybook play sets; I think that they add another dimension to the whole story telling process. You can either use the play sets while reading the story or as independent play. One of the favourite bedtimes stories at the moment is Hansel and Gretel, so it seemed only fitting to make a Hansel and Gretel play set.

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To make your own Hansel and Gretel play set you will need:

  • Wooden figures
  • House*
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Buttons

* I found some sweet mache houses on sale at Hobbycraft.

I made our play set, but you can use items that you have at home, such as dolls house figures, shoeboxes etc.

I painted 5 figures (the Dad, Hansel, Gretel, Step-mum, and the witch) and the houses, and added some buttons to be the set to be the breadcrumbs.

hansel and gretel play set

I’ve left this out on the side, as an invitation to play, for BB.   We have also used it as props while I read the story and BB acted it out with the figures.

If you enjoyed this Hansel and Gretel play set be sure to check out my Miffy story puppet books, nursery rhyme puppets, and perfect den to read in.

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Hansel and Gretel play set to use during storytime and imaginative play

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Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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