Author Archives: Lisa Bennett

Two new Storysacks…

Ringo the Flamingo and No Room for a Baby Roo were gifted to the Storysacks Library by Myatt Garden Nursery (the sacks were part of a set purchased for the school by Lewisham Council some years ago). I made a new game for No Room for a Baby Roo but apart from that the sacks were in great condition – Ringo and Baby Roo are already proving to be a big hit with the children!

…recent make, glue and mends

Quite regularly I make batches of replacement game pieces – missing pieces put Storysacks out of action. Some years ago I scanned all the Storysack game pieces, so when pieces go missing I can print out a copy, glue it to cardboard and seal with more glue – making new pieces so that the games and Storysacks can continue to be used!

Occasionally I need to make replacement clothes for character pieces (because they have been lost or damaged), this week it was a new pair of pj’s for the lazy farmer in the Farmer Duck Storysack – a few weeks ago a tiny shirt for Nelligan in the Pig in the Pond Storysack. Recently most of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs Storysack were lost, so I did some scanning (from the storybook), and drawing in Photoshop, to make ‘lollystick puppets’, then I found some great Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs activities online, improving the educational value of the sack too.


There’s a ‘Shark in the Park’!

A ‘Shark in the Park’ storysack has recently been completed.

Funded by Myatt Garden P.T.A. it was made by Lisa, Storysacks Librarian. “It took 2 years to make it in my spare time, Timothy Pope’s hair and clothes were quite fiddly”.

This story is one of the Early Years Core Book List titles, with it’s brightly coloured illustrations it’s a big favourite with the children.

 

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A new addition to the family

photo2somuchwebA new storysack for our library! I finished putting together this new storysack today – “So Much” is on the Early Years Core Reading List and Myatt Garden P.T.A. provided the funding for it. I spent my summer holiday embroidering this little chap’s hair and making his romper suit – I shall miss him sitting on my desk but he will be much loved by the children and teachers.

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Peachy new Storysack!

webphoto-eachpeachThis new Storysack Each Peach Pear Plum is a book on the Myatt Garden Early Years Core Reading List. Each Peach Pear Plum is an “I Spy” rhyming story, it’s lots of fun trying to find all the fairy-tale and nursery rhyme characters hiding in the pictures. Then you can make up your own stories with all the puppet characters! I had some funding to buy the game and books for this Storysack from Myatt Garden P.T.A. but the cloth sack and puppet theatre were made with leftover fabric I’ve had in my cupboard for years, it was great to find a good use for it.

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This Is The Bear

webphotothisisthebearThis is a very popular story sack, which means it’s had a lot of wear and tear over the last 11 years. The game had lost too many pieces to be useable, so I looked around for a new one: Red Dog Blue Dog  is a colour and shape lotto game which I hope everyone will enjoy playing.

When significant new pieces/replacements are added to a Storysack it has to be re-photographed,  two new inventories and a new Photoblurb (the cards the children choose from) are made, plus changing the photo here on the website…..

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He’s football crazy, football mad!

photogoalwebGoal!’, a new Preston Pig story for the Library. I’ve wanted to make a football themed storysack for ages. At last, a couple of months ago I spied a Preston Pig toy, complete with football, on Ebay – and so was able to put this storysack together over the summer. I think it’ll be a big hit with this year’s Reception children.

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