Learning with Picture Books – Making Storysacks

We are huge fans of storysacks and they promote lots of learning and discussion. A storysack includes a book and visual aids that are linked to the story (or the subject if the book is non fiction), it can also include relevant worksheets, activities and games. Storysacks are lots of fun to make and are a great addition to a school library or classroom. I have made storysacks with parents during family learning workshops and it’s always fun to look at the ‘props’ and guess which books parents had chosen. As a result of the workshops several parents have been inspired to make storysacks for their children’s classrooms.

You can buy storysacks, StorysackTwinkl and Child’s Play have sacks and resources to choose from, or you can make your own using an old pillowcase (if you are good at sewing you can make a bag relevant to a particular story). I use a pillowcase which asks ‘Which book will you find inside today?’ so it can be used for different books. The child takes an object out one at a time and tries to guess which book is in the sack.

Goldilocks storysack - Story Snug

I made a Goldilocks and the Three Bears storysack for my daughter using Goldilocks – A Pop Up Book by John O’Leary. It includes Goldilocks, three bears, three bowls and three chairs of varying sizes and a bag of oats. I didn’t include the beds so that as an extension activity she could find and / or make her own beds whilst discussing the concept of big, medium, small and biggest, middle sized and smallest. The oats stimulated a discussion about how to make porridge and we looked at a recipe to see which other ingredients are needed. A porridge making session has been planned!

It’s amazing how many curriculum areas can be covered by one book! Our Goldilocks sack helped introduce lots of mathematical language, baking and problem solving by finding / making beds for each of the three bears.


Other books that I have used to make storysacks include;

Storysacks are great to use in the classroom. It’s fun to see children, either as individuals or as part of a group, trying to guess which book is inside. They’re also a fun activity for a school holiday or a rainy day, if you make one up beforehand you can bring it out when children are complaining about being bored.

Thank you to author / illustrator John O’Leary for sending us a review copy of Goldilocks – The Pop Up Book which incorporates learning colours into the Goldilocks story. This colourful retelling of a traditional story is perfect for a storysack.

Goldilocks - Story Snug

We would love to see or hear about any storysacks you have made. Please leave any links to your storysack posts in the comments.

16 thoughts on “Learning with Picture Books – Making Storysacks

    • You’re very welcome. I hadn’t thought about storysacks being good for authors too but they really help to bring a book to life and would be great to use on a school visit 🙂

  1. Thanks for a very timely and informative read! I’m just in the process of preparing a story sack for some events this autumn.

  2. We have a number of story sacks at home and I love them 😀 – glad I have found your blog we are a little book mad so hoping to get some brilliant ideas from you (if you don’t mind :D) x

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