The children like to make and decorate their own backpacks. I have used these paper sack backpacks for many stories. Sometimes I use them when the story talks about travelling such as Abraham travels, Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph going to the Festival at the Passover when Jesus was 12, Paul's Missionary Journeys, and many more.
Sometimes I use the backpacks to hold crafts and papers from the entire quarter. I send it home at the end with all their "goodies" inside.
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