Updated: Jul 31
It is hard to believe it has been 18 months since I started making story baskets (I did make them 20 years ago but returned to them) and had a viral post for them.
There were 3 mistakes that I made and I am sharing them so you can avoid them!
#1 I made story baskets for the stories I loved!
When I first started, I reached for the books I loved and had ‘BIG’ ideas for what to put in the story basket. The ones I was requested to read 100 times a day did not interest me BUT I soon learnt it wasn’t about ME! I had forgot the key to selecting a book and that was to notice what the children were taking an interest in and build on that. YES with 20 plus years experience I made this mistake!
Children were interested in the story basket but more as a novelty. They did not engage in them I had anticipated (this also had to do with rookie mistake #2). What I did notice was that the children were interested in the animals and used them to talk to each other and the bear was called the ‘cranky bear’ and that is when it dawned on me that the children were interested in this book and not Goldilocks and the three bears (the story basket i had made).
The next day I came with a story basket with the bear they named the ‘cranky bear’ in it. It had only 5 items and they were items that the cranky bears friends used to cheer him up.