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The Bookbug Explorer Bag is gifted to 3-year-old children in their ante-preschool year at nursery. The bag includes books and materials to encourage parents and carers to talk, cuddle, sing and share stories and rhymes with their children from birth.
Early years professionals have a very important role in discussing the benefits of songs, stories and rhymes with mums, dads and carers when gifting the Bookbug Bags.
Please have a good look at what’s inside the Bookbug Explorer Bag before gifting them. The contents change every year.
Get children really excited about their gift from Bookbug. Build the excitement a few days before you gift the bags. Read the books and play a few new tracks from the CD each day. Decide with the children how you’d like to celebrate gifting the books and plan an event – make sure to invite parents or carers. When the bags have gone home, you can use our free online resources to continue reading and singing together.
You could hold a special exploration themed story session. If families can’t be there, make sure they know that their 3-year-old will be taking home a special gift from Bookbug. Let parents and carers know that the Explorer Bag contains activities they can do with their child.
Read the books and follow the children’s interests – you could explore places, foods, beasties or new objects. You could have a scavenger hunt, or a good walk around your nursery play space or a local park to see what the children can find.
Many local libraries are happy to arrange special story and song sessions to help you gift the Explorer Bag. Contact your local library to ask what support they can give. Invite parents and carers to come along to the library with their child and encourage them to sign their child up for a library card and borrow some books.
Families will be more likely to use the resources in the Bookbug Bags if you talk to them about the benefits of sharing books before and after gifting the bag.
Please tell them:
Please talk about libraries to encourage families to:
To order Bookbug bags for your setting, request tactile books for any families you work with, or have any questions about your local Bookbug programme, please get in touch with your local Bookbug Co-ordinator.
Browse our Bookbug Explorer Handbook(this will open in a new window) and learning resources (this will open in a new window)to help you get the most from the bags in your setting. Please check with your Bookbug Co-ordinator which books will be in the bags you receive as it’s not always the most recent set.
Our funded Bookbug Explorer Bag Training supports the gifting and use of the Bookbug Explorer Bag in your setting. Find out more about this and other training options(this will open in a new window) for your setting.
CALL Scotland have created symbolised resources to accompany the Bookbug Explorer Bag for children with additional support needs, available on the Symbols for All website. (this will open in a new window)Bookbug can also provide tactile books in addition to the four free Bookbug Bags. Request these from your local Bookbug Co-ordinator.
Gaelic versions of the Bookbug Bags are available for interested families and for children in Gaelic Medium Education, and should be gifted alongside the English versions. Request these from your local Bookbug Co-ordinator.
Alternatively, contact the Scottish Book Trust Early Years team on 0131 524 0179, email firstname.lastname@example.org(this will open in a new window).