Noah’s Ark has a range of Storybags for loan to library users.The StoryBags were developed by speech pathologists, Sue Gawned and Mary Lee in conjunction with Noah’s Ark. The StoryBags provide a language resource for families, carers, teachers and therapists to use with children who need support with language development.
The StoryBags idea is based on the concept of ‘Booksharing’, which is a way of interacting with your child when you share books together. Interaction creates mutual enjoyment and thus increases your child’s interest in the book. This interest is the basis for developing attention, vocabulary, language comprehension and expression.
Each Storybag contains an engaging children’s book and some objects that match the book. An information booklet provides parents with ‘Booksharing’ strategies, and language and play extension ideas.
The information sheets for each of the Noah’s Ark StoryBags are now available online so that parents, teachers and clinicians can create their own StoryBags.
The Storybag Information Sheets provide a list of what is needed to create each StoryBag. Each Information Sheet describes how the book can be used with different aged children and has information about language and play extension.
The Information Sheets are designed to be used in conjunction with a book and DVD resource published by Noah’s Ark in 2012. Booksharing: Successful Interaction with Your Child and Books was written by Sue Gawned and Mary Lee.
The book and DVD provide a clear and concise step-by-step guide on how to share books using the Booksharing approach. The DVD shows parents using the Booksharing strategies with children at different stages of language development.
We have over 20 fun and interactive Play Boxes that contain an exciting range of developmental toys and resources for children of all ages and stages. The
The Play Boxes have been professionally created by an paediatric occupational therapist to target a specific developmental area.
Themes include cause and effect, fine motor, baby play, self-help skills, gross motor, bilateral coordination, stacking, threading, pretend play, matching and concept development.
Written instructions are provided with each activity in the Play Boxes and our helpful Library staff are also available to advise parents and carers on the most effective use of the items in relation to their child’s need.
The Play Boxes were developed by Suzanne Wilkinson on behalf of Noah’s Ark and were funded by the Department of Education and Training (Non-Government Centres Support.