Guest Post by Katy Holmes-Higgin
A story sack is usually a drawstring bag that contains a range of items that encourages young children to bring a story to life in their own way.
It usually includes a copy of the book, some small props representative of the characters and some non-fiction resources related to the theme. They don’t have to be fancy resources, familiar things from around the home can in fact make children feel more confident to play and explore with the story sack.
For example, a Greedy Crocodile story sack might include a toy crocodile or clothes peg with teeth drawn on, finger puppets, sock puppets, tomato seeds to sow - the list goes on!
When using props alongside a book to tell and talk about stories in such a hands-on way you can see that children may unexpectedly focus on any tiny aspect of a story that is meaningful to them and this, in turn, helps you to discover ways that your child learns best.
Building the story sack with your child is certainly a fun and collaborative approach and also a useful way to engage a child who maybe hasn’t shown much interest in stories or who finds it hard to focus for the duration of a book.
For example, did you spot the ‘Sorcha Snail’ hiding in the pages of The Greedy Crocodile? It would be easy to explore her viewpoint in the story. But be warned it might end up in a midnight “snail hunt” in the back garden!
Katy holds a BA Hons Degree in Early Years Education and Practice