My last exploration into the world of ‘busy bags’ went down rather well, definitely with my youngest daughter! And while my handbag has gotten noticeably larger, i’ve also seen a marked improvement in her fine motor skills, her ability to concentrate (for a few minutes 🙂 ) and her willingness to try and try again if she doesn’t get it right the first time. I must say, i really am a ‘busy bag believer’ …
So, i decided to give it a go myself… i thought, why not put some of that artistic skill to use (I have a many, many artists in the family – i’m sure some of it rubbed of 😉 ) and try and whip up a printable myself. The first one is one i designed. It is my first go, so please, be gentle…
1 Animal counting and number tracing busy bag – this activity is designed to help your little one become familiar with the written names of the numbers (ie ‘one’, ‘two’, ‘three’ as opposed to 1, 2, 3), while practicing their counting, and getting in some fine-motor finger action as well. Lots of fun!
2. Silhouette matching game – I absolutely love this idea! It is brilliant in it’s simplicity, and offers hours of fun. Get the free printable and all the instructions over at The Connections We Share ( Another Amy 🙂 )
3. Ice Cream ABC’s and Counting – Another great resource from Kids Activities Blog , this set of printables focuses on both upper and lower case ABC’s, and the numbers from 1 to 10. Which kid do you know that doesn’t love ice-cream?
4. Rain Cloud Maths Busy Bag – I’m a sucker for a rainy day so this one is right up my alley… All you need is two dice, the printable and a bit of stiff blue felt or play dough… but enough! let me not ruin the surprise! Head on over to Coffee Cups and Crayons for all the details.
5. Alphabet Tracing Roads – Finding a way to get your children interested in learning to write their ABC’s is not always as easy as we’d like it to be. This original printable from Playdough to Plato can be made into a book (so i spose it’s a ‘busy book’, instead of a ‘busy bag’ 😉 ), and popped in your bag for those times when you just need ‘a few…’
6. Mix and Match Animal Puzzles – I remember doing something similar when we were kids! We had a book like this at our Ouma’s (Granny’s) house, and it kept us happily entertained for hours…Head on over to Itsy Bitsy Fun for your own copy.
7. Rainbow Shape Matching – While i was over at Itsy Bitsy Fun i found this cute little busy bag. Perfect for if you’ve been discussing weather, or if you’ve been lucky enough to see a rainbow recently!
8. Fruit Slice Busy Bag – Doesn’t that look like fun! A colorful matching game to keep the kids happy for a little while so you can get those last things done, or finally get to sit down for that cup of coffee. Get the instructions and download here (coffecupsandcrayons.com)
9. Shape Match Peg Cards – Aren’t these little guys just adorable! This is a great way to teach your little one the shapes, and for them to get some of that all important fine-motor exercise. Working with pegs is so good for little fingers! Get you set of cards here (modernpreschool.com)
10. Watermelon Counting Cards – If you have a little one that loves working with play-dough, then this is a great busy bag activity. Let them pull of little lumps of dough and form it into balls for the seeds. Not only does your child get to practice their counting, but they also get to exercise those little muscles in their fingers, by manipulating the play-dough and working it into the desired shapes. Get the printable and all the instructions over at Modern Preschool.
11. Dress Up Doll – I’m a little embarrassed to say this, but every now and then, i’ll still sneak into Kayla’s room and fiddle around with the one book of dress up dolls that she has on her bookshelf… it is my secret shame… 🙂 My mother used to draw the most beautiful ones for us by hand when we were little, so i think i have a soft spot for them. Anyway… this one from Angela at Teaching Mama is great!This one is for Autumn (Fall) but there is also for winter, spring,and summer, so you could print out an entire wardrobe if you like!
12. Color and Pattern Matching game – This busy bag is perfect for even very little kids. All you need is a handful of colored Popsicle sticks and the printables, and everything is nicely sized to fit into a Ziploc bag and into your handbag or into a toddler’s day bag. Get the printable ad all the instructions here (theconnectionweshare.com)
There you have it. My top pick of printable busy bags, including my very own first go at it! I promise i’ll get better 😉 ! Anyway, i hope you and your little one have as much fun with these as little miss Sara and i will be having. She might be a little young for some of them, but i might as well try!
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