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    I want to do something different this yr for Christmas for the kids. I get books so inexpensively at the thrift store and am always gathering crafts and activities online. I wanted to put together some story sacks for the kids.

    If anyone has any resources for books that are coupled with craft/activity ideas, please let me know. I want to start gathering a few so I can get this together for Christmas.

    I came across this site that has some neat ideas.
    http://www.fastq.com/~jbpratt/educat...ythemebag.html

    I figured I can get a lot of little things at the dollar store that can follow the theme of some books. I just need to organize it.

    Drawstring bag pattern:
    http://www.sacredspiral.com/crafts/sewing/drawstring/


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    I found this site. What a great resource.
    http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/wil/home.html

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    I did this for mine when they were little - I just made up crafts and I always found a stuffed animal or made some sort of puppet to go with the story. One of our favorite books was the Loveables in the kingdom of self-esteem and we would have a craft for each character and I introduced a new puppet for each characteristic! Your kids will love what you are doing and they will never forget it!!

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    I have never heard of story sacks, but i think they are a great idea!!

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    Originally posted by kimmee
    I did this for mine when they were little - I just made up crafts and I always found a stuffed animal or made some sort of puppet to go with the story. One of our favorite books was the Loveables in the kingdom of self-esteem and we would have a craft for each character and I introduced a new puppet for each characteristic! Your kids will love what you are doing and they will never forget it!!
    I figure that I can gather a lot of small items to toss into each tote. With winter almost here, I need to really get organized. We still go outdoors and stuff, but not for as long.

    Zachary loves file folder games and I've made tons, but you can only do so many of those ya know?

    I usually print off crafts and worksheets and we always do some sort of themes during summer vacation, but I thought these little story sacks would be a neat thing. I figure I can hang some pegs in their playroom closet and have them hang in there when they aren't being used. I've got quite a bit here that I know I can put into one. For now I'm gathering up some ideas from sites and then I'll start organizing more. Getting some fun recipes, crafts, coloring pages, etc together.

    I got sidetracked because I was getting some holiday activities together for them and then thought oh this would be neat too.

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    Another thing the kids and I did was make costumes for the little stories - the Kapok tree, Nina,Nina Star Ballerina were a few - oh and the Very Snowy Night, we also did the cooking stuff like stone soup and Made caterpillars for Eric Carlysle "very Hungry Caterpillar". Those were such great times!!

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    Our old library http://stjos.sjcpl.lib.in.us/search/a?a
    has hundreds of storytime bags: each bag has a bunch of picture books; a video; and some other things in it.

    Take a look @ the list; you'll get lots of ideas.

    I don't know why, but that search comes up with the right LIBRARY, but the wrong search parameters. Go to that link, and search on

    TITLE - STORYTIME BAG

    BTW, they have 319 topics.

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    thanks so much.

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    Awesome links! Lots of great ideas in there. Thanks for sharing all those.

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