The Teeny Weeny Genie: A Sensory Story


Join Sensory Storyteller Ailie Finlay to create your own sensory story to accompany Julia Donaldson’s wonderful story The Teeny Weeny Genie.

This resource is great for:

Making sure that everyone can enjoy stories, especially those with learning disabilities, by creating sensory stories.


Join in with Julia Donaldson’s story The Teeny Weeny Genie by creating your own sensory story using props and sounds, in this resource created by Storyteller Ailie Finlay.

  • Please note that this resource was originally created to accompany an event as part of Edinburgh International Book Festival Online 2020 but it works equally well to accompany a reading of the story!

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The Teeny Weeny Genie A Sensory Story
The Teeny Weeny Genie A Sensory Story

Step 1 

Watch this video created by Ailie in which she suggests props which you can gather or make from around your home.

Prop suggestions:

  • Two teeny weeny genie puppets (Ailie made hers out of socks!)
  • A teapot
  • A massage roller (or toy tractor and fire engine)
  • A small suitcase
  • A pastry brush (for the cat’s whiskers)
  • A squeaky toy (for the mouse)
  • A hammer, ruler or other safe tool
  • A baby doll
  • A rattle
  • A doll’s blanket or other cloth for the baby’s cape
  • Drums and other musical instruments (or you can improvise with things from your kitchen
  • A rain stick (or bottle filled with sand or shells) to represent the sea
  • Two teacups

Step 2 

Read The Teeny Weeny Genie aloud and join in by using the props above. Hide your genie in a teapot and then pull it out at the right time, do some hammering, cuddle your baby doll, drink your ‘tea’ etc. And do lots of tummy rubbing and head patting!

Enjoy making the noises, using a whistle, drums (or pots and pans) and loud voices. If your child enjoys tactile sensations, then you can run a massage roller or toy car up and down their arm for the vehicles, brush the back of their hand with a pastry brush (or something similar) for the cat’s whiskers and then let them feel some sand or shells at the end of the story.

Step 3

Remember children often enjoy a story more if they hear it several times. So, if possible, keep your collection of props together and read The Teeny Weeny Genie to your child again and again!

Further information

If you would like your own copy of The Teeny Weeny Genie it is available to buy from our independent online bookshop.

You can find more sensory story ideas on Ailie’s website,