What is a story bag?
Story bags sit alongside your child’s book and contain tactile objects that relate to the story. As you read the words, your child can physically hold objects, talk them through with you and bring a lot more meaning to the words. It will really help them with concept development and also make story time even more fun and engaging. You can use a drawstring bag, tote bag, zip-up plastic envelopes, pillow case, an old shoe box or canvas storage boxes. You can print off some large print words or braille some items to accompany the book. If the book has complex images that your child struggles to focus on, you could draw or print some simpler, high contrast images to use as an alternative. You will most likely find items to fill your bag with around the house and it doesn’t need to be expensive! You should also be able to borrow story sacks from your local library so it is worth enquiring as to what is available.
If you have one of our Sensory Discovery Packs these items are perfect to include in story time. You already have a soft toy to represent an animal or toy in a story, a chiffon scarf to explore a texture or wind, a shaker and the space blanket for sound effects and light-up toys for any night time stories.
Explore the links below for ideas and inspiration to start putting together your own bags