How to make a story basket
Story baskets or story sacks are a wonderful and practical way to bring stories to life for young children whilst helping to support their early literacy skills. You can make a story basket for any book in your collection, all you need is a variety of objects related to the story for your child to interact with as you tell the story together.
You will probably find that you can gather most objects from around your home, raid the kitchen, toy boxes and even the garden for props, just make sure everything is child-friendly. As you read the story together you and your child can introduce the props and use them to act out the story in a fun and imaginative way. At the end of the story you could ask your child to continue the story, what would happen next?
Here are some ideas to turn popular stories into story baskets. Store them for future use in a bag, basket or pillowcase and you could even encourage your child to retell or change the story in their independent play.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potter
Watering can, sieve, flower pots, Peter Rabbit soft toy, flat cap, mouse, vegetables
Use a combination of toys and everyday objects to bring the story to life.
Other books to try
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Chairs, bowls, bears, cushions, porridge oats
Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers
Umbrella, penguin, suitcase
Room on the Broom
by Julia Donaldson
Broomstick, ribbon, wand, hat, dog, cat, bird frog, dragon
by Rod Campbell
The animals from the story, boxes
by Sue Hendra
Various fruits and vegetables (including peas and a potato), googley or sticky eyes, plasters, jelly, loo roll, felt tip pen