In my last post I mentioned that I had recently made a story sack. I have made a few of these in the past and shared some of them on here. When my children were small they loved to bring these home from the library Alice, in particular, was always really disappointed that we could only borrow one at a time.
A story sack is such a clever way of getting more out of a book than just reading. Now that Alice is older I can see why these sacks were so appealing to her, she has really struggled with learning to read, letters and words were a mystery to her for a long time. Story sacks are a bag of books, props and sometimes a game on a theme, a thread from the main book in the sack. The props are toys that enhance the main book.
In this story sack is just one book, I didn't have time to find a second one, it is part of a series that my children loved when they were smaller, and a few props that Alice and I made. Percy the Park Keeper looks after a park and spends lots of his time with his friends the animals who live in the park. Percy and the animals are often to be found having fun together. In this story they are playing hide and seek, one of the animals choses a hiding place that has unexpected results.
Percy and his animal friends are all needle felted. Alice made Percy, and between us we made the other animals. I made a small bag to keep them all in.
I am lucky enough to have an independent bookshop in my local town. Some of the story sacks I have made have been based on a particular book, more usually I browse through the children's books to find a story that lends itself to be made into a sack. I love this type of project and am glad that my nephew loves his first story sack, as I am sure that I will be making him more in the future.