Talk and Play

Talk and Play is a programme of interactive storytelling and practical workshops for children aged under-5 and their parents and carers, with particular focus on Sure Start Children’s Centres.


The Talk and Play resource consists of a large scale reproduction of Rubens’s ‘Het Steen’, which can be used as a play mat. This is accompanied by multi-sensory objects, toys and books which relate to the painting.


Sessions take the painting as a starting point for storytelling and creative play activities including: singing, storytelling, painting, making and role-play.  The themes explored include: 

  • Seasons
  • Homes
  • Food
  • Places
  • Animals
  • Colours and shapes.

Talk and Play sessions are flexible and can be delivered either at The National Gallery or at external community venues.