Story Sack Ideas

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Gruffalo and Mouse figures available at Babipur

What is a “story sack” and some story sack ideas

A story sack is fantastic activity for you and your child to to have fun whilst contributing to their learning and literacy. It is a way of making reading memorable and enjoyable. Quite simply, it is a bag (or box / basket) that contains a copy of your child’s favourite book and various visual aids that relate to the plot and characters of the story itself. Through acting out and engaging your child with the story you will be able to support their development of knowledge, communication and empathy whilst stimulating their senses.

How do you use a story sack?

Firstly, remember that you are helping to build imagination and confidence so try not to have too many ‘rules’, the activity should be fun! Depending on the age and nature of your child, you can be more structured, with questions and supporting activities. There is no right or wrong when using a story sack and they can used in different ways. At the beginning of the story all the items will be contained within the sack, including the book. Your child may like to get all the items out of the bag individually as the story plays out, or may lay out all the props at once from the start. Sometimes, whilst they are getting used to the idea of what story sacks are all about, your child may want you to lead the activity and handle the props, but once they become more established they will soon want to lead the story telling! Create a safe environment for your child to explore the story, characters and themes by listening and repeating ideas but try not to correct them.

Octopus's garden story sack

What skills am I helping my child to develop?

Confidence – You will probably notice an increase in confidence as your child embraces story sacks. It gives the opportunity to speak a story aloud, describe their ideas and feelings long before they are able to read. They can ‘tell the story’ purely from what is remembered or take it in a direction they feel more suitable at that moment in time.

Empathy – When acting out characters in the story, your child will have a deeper understanding of the emotion that individual may be feeling during the plot of the story. It also aids understanding of the relationships between characters within the book. You can stimulate their thinking by asking questions such as ‘how do think think that made … feel?’ or ‘what do you think … was feeling?’.

Storytelling skills – The ability to share and express your thoughts through role play is a fantastic life skill. Your child will enjoy being given the opportunity to be creative and express their ideas.

What else can I do with the story sack?

Some children will be content to act out the story using the visual aids you have provided. As time goes on, you may find your child is ready to expand on the activity and enjoy more structure. Here are some suggestions as to how to develop understanding:

  • Include activity cards in the sack
  • Think of games to play that will explore the story further
  • Ask questions about the characters or themes in the story
  • Create recipes that could relate to the story or have been mentioned
  • Use food along with the story to stimulate the sense of taste eg The Hungry Caterpillar
  • Have paper and crayons available to draw characters or a map of the story
  • Use modelling clay to re tell elements of the story

Examples of Story Sacks The Grufallo by Julia Donaldson – Can be used for creative thinking and exploring ideas. Your child (and you) will love to act out the characters using your voice and actions to stimulate their senses. You could create a cooking activity for some of the food mentioned in the story eg Owl Ice cream or Gruffalo Crumble.  View wooden Gruffalo figures at Babipur here

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – a fantastic story for sensory play. The example in this picture uses sensory pouches (made from laminate pouches sealed on all sides) which is ideal for children from a young age to engage with the story. Because of the language used during the adventure there is a great deal of emphasis on movement and sounds so it is ideal to include some music or instruments. This story is also great for connecting with nature, thinking about the outdoors and also weather activities. Holztiger wooden figures can be found here and all kinds of doll people here 

bear hunt story sack

The Lion Who Wanted to Love Giles Andreae – This is great for talking about the ‘moral’ of a story and helping your child explore themes of family, friendship and empathy.  Holztiger wooden figures work really well with this one.

Lion story sack

Friends by Helen Oxenbury – A much simpler story sack for young readers. From a very young age your child will be able to identify the pictures and start to associate them with the objects you are showing them. You can stimulate hearing, sight, touch and taste (if the mouth the pieces which they inevitably will!). Pictured here with Lanka Kade natural wooden animals

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What is your favourite story to read with your child or children? Can you see how you can turn it into a story sack?

Zog and the flying doctors story sack Snail and the whale story sack A squash and a squeeze story sack duck in the truck story sack plenty of love to go round story sack Zog story sack

10th Birthday Competition Winners

This year we’re celebrating our 10th anniversary here at Babipur.  We first opened our doors back in 2007 as a work from home business when our children were babies.  Still based in Snowdonia we’ve steadily grown and we now employ 15 people.  Our aim at Babipur remains the same as it always was, to introduce fair trade, sustainable and ethical products to our customers while offering great customer service. We have lots of plans for the future and we hope to have another successful 10 years ahead of us.

We know how much Babipurians (a slang for Babipur followers) love giveaways and competitions so we recently ran a competition asking you, our customers, to wish us a Happy Birthday. The entries completely blew us away!  We are extremely grateful to all who entered and made such an incredible effort.  What else can we say, you guys are simply awesome!  We put together this video to show off some of the entries we received.

Competition winners

We had to narrow down the entries to 10 winners which has been very difficult because there have been so many fantastic offerings.  We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who took the time to enter, there were lots and lots entries that we wanted so much to give a prize to but we had to choose the winners and here they are in no particular order, the prizes were chosen at random.

Beth  made this amazing birthday cake with nappies on a washing line and it also came with rainbow cupcakes and nappy cupcakes too. Hand delivered to Babipur towers (Pride carrier winner)

Becky made a birthday calendar with the help of her little one which we thought was wonderful (Babipur playmat winner)

Paige made this crochet blanket for us, it’s huge! The time and care taken on this is astonishing (12 Grapat Nins winner)

Llleanna made a Welsh love spoon featuring the Babipur elephant, the babywearing symbol, a nappy and the number 10 (Klean Kanteen winner)

Gemma crocheted this cushion with the Babipur logo and a rainbow on the back along with a picture that her son made for us (Plan Toys Bee Hives winner)

Charlotte made a wonderful picture which includes a wide range of Babipur’s favourite products enclosed inside a heart.  (Wobbel board winner)

Danica created an amazing collage made using labels and snippets from our leaflets and featuring the brands we sell along with the Babipur elephant (birthday nappy winner)

Kayleigh made this animated video telling the story of Babipur which is pretty amazing (Grimm’s rainbows winner)

Happy 10th Birthday, Babi Pur! Please excuse my poor Welsh pronunciation! #lovebabipur

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Jade sent us this picture of some special Babipur memories and also had a sticker made for the rear window of her VW van which was spotted by another Babipurian before her entry came in.  That’s dedication (Bajo pebbles winner)

Katie sent us a picture of her little one wearing our 10th anniversary edition nappy along with a T-shirt she’d made (Babipur bibs winner)competition winners

Runners up

We also had to choose 10 runners up which was just as hard to pick.  Each runner up receives a £10 Babipur voucher.

Oana sent us this beautiful picture with nappies drying on the line and lots of her favourite Babipur goodies

Ieva made this Babipur elephant to fit inside a Grimm’s celebration ring

Kathrin made a Holztiger size Babipur elephant and sent it too us

Melissa decorated her window with tissue paper to make a stained glass effect

Clare painted us a beautiful watercolour

Eira and Katie sent us a card with their little ones wearing Babipur birthday nappies

Claire sent us a picture using lots of Babipur products to wish us a happy birthday

Emma wrote a song to the tune of the spice girls wannabe.  We’re still trying to convince the team to sing it with us.

Sonia created a cross stitch of our logo

Alwen made a stunning celebration glass

runners up picture

Winners please claim your prizes by emailing rainbow “at” babipur.co.uk with your name address and phone number and we’ll send out your prize as swiftly as we can.

Thank you – Gift voucher for all the entries

We keep saying it but we were completely overwhelmed by all the amazing entries, it was so so hard to choose the winners.  We were also sent home made cakes, biscuits, hand made elephant toys, drawings, cards, well wishes and lots and lots of creative, fun and beautiful pictures.

There were so many entries that we really wanted to include in the winners list but there simply wasn’t room.  We’re so grateful for the effort you’ve all put in that we’d like offer everyone who entered a £5.00 gift voucher.  We thought this was a nice way to say thank you to everyone and that you could use the voucher to save towards a future birthday or Christmas which lots of our customers use our gift vouchers for already.  To claim your voucher please email rainbow “at” babipur.co.uk with a link to your entry.

Thanks again from Jolene, Peter & the team

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Sustainable Baby & Kids Swimwear from Maxomorra

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Maxomorra swimwear

A new range of eco friendly recycled swimwear for your little swimmers has landed at Babipur. Fun Scandinavian designs from leading Scandi fair trade brand Maxomorra combined with recycled materials that offer UV protection too. Available in strawberry and shark prints in a range of swim nappies for babies, long sleeve costume sets, swim trunks and swim suits.

Check out our entire range of Maxomorra summer swimwear and clothing here.

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Win an eco break & £200 Babi Pur vouchers

 

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This month, Bluestone National Park Resort and Babi Pur are giving away this fantastic prize.  One very lucky person will win a 4 day midweek family break to Bluestone as well as a £200 voucher to spend with Babi Pur.

Bluestone is located in the heart of beautiful Pembrokeshire the home of the UK’s only coastal national park.  The Babi Pur family have stayed at Bluestone and we can confirm that it really is the perfect place to come for some free range family fun! There are 500 acres to explore together of beautiful countryside, nature walks and cycling paths.  You can also enjoy the all-year and all-weather activities that range from thrilling to relaxing, a lot of fun will be had at the Blue Lagoon Water Park and Adventure Centre.  There is also a relaxing spa on the site if you are in need of some pampering.

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Here at Babi Pur we sell a HUGE range of ethically sourced goodies for babies and children up to the age of six.   We specialise in products such as reusable nappies, natural skincare, toys, organic clothing and baby carriers.  We also sell a range of natural products for women, mums and mums to be such as reusable menstrual products, maternity clothes and breastfeeding accessories.

So, go on what are you waiting for..? You can enter the competition by clicking on the big green button below.  Pob lwc – Good Luck!

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Paddy’s Bathroom Natural Bubbles and Washes for Kids

Paddy’s Bathroom at Babipur

Paddys Bathroom at Babipur

Paddy’s Bathroom is a range of gentle bubbly washing products for kids made from natural and organic ingredients in bright fun packaging.  Founded by Paul Lindley who also created Ella’s kitchen which is now a worldwide household name.

Paddy’s Bathroom is BIG on bubbles not on SLS or other strong chemicals often found in many skincare products. Kids love it and best of all it does not make your kid’s eyes sting. In fact it doesn’t make adult’s eyes sting either ha ha.

NO SLS
NO Parabens
NO Phthalates
NO Sulphates
NO GMO Ingredients

The current range includes two lovely body and hair washes with natural mango and pineapple frangrances, a shiny hair shampoo, a hand wash and our favourite the bubble bath. Lots of bubbly fun without the synthetic chemicals.

Paddys Bathroom Range

We love the colourful packaging, it really appeals to kids.  Our children have sensitive skin and we’ve given these products a good old testing without any skin irritation at all which is great.

We stock a wide range of natural skincare for you and your children here

Paddy’s Bathroom also have a great initiative in they’ve created called “Drop buy Drop” where around 32p from every product bought is given towards a clean water project in Africa. At the moment they’re working with the government in Rwanda to get water filters to families in the poorest areas providing them with clean and safe drinking water. Check out the video to see this project in action.

Close Reusable Breast Pads Review

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We asked Cecelia to try out the Close Reusable breast pads..  read Cecelia’s review below…..

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