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It ain’t Christmas if you don’t have a … story… basket!

My memories of Christmas are around stories, from books and that were told by family. There is also the food, music and smells! What about you?

At Christmas time I try to focus on the magic and wonder and intentionally create this for children. We are making memories for children! A story basket gives ample opportunity to do this through texture, sparkle and Christmas characters or traditions.

A story basket gives a child or children an opportunity to retell and explore Christmas and its meaning for them, their family and community. They also offer cognitive (memory, language etc.) and non cognitive skills (dispositions).

This year my Storybaskteers group want to focus on kindness rather than Santa and I will be doing a blog and baskets on this soon. This shift is due to the needs in the community and that gifts are more than material objects. More and more they are hearing "Santa doesn't come to our house" or a desire to focus on family. In my setting story baskets and Christmas are still a focus but I am reflecting on these shifts.

I often start a story basket with the book. Got a favourite Christmas book? One that without FAIL the children love and want to hear over and over again? I have included some of the BEST books and baskets from last year and added some new ones that I think they will LOVE for this year.

So, grab the book, a basket and a Christmas napkin or material and as you can see from the photos RED is often my first colour choice.

Next are the items that well bring the story to life and help in the retelling. I always look at the characters, texture and base the items on interests or an extension of an interest. I try and buy these on SALE or after Christmas, but be careful because if you are anything like me you forget what you have!

Let’s start with story baskets that were popular last year: