I’ve been looking to start structuring Sandy’s playtime ever so slightly and veer him towards learning some letters, numbers and colours. Of course this isn’t something I feel pressured to do and I certainly won’t be pressuring him! He’s shown an interest in this recently so I decided to make some busy bags to develop some new skills.
These bags are also really useful to grab when I need something to entertain them with in the car, when out or when desperately keeping him from running up to a sleeping Roslyn shouting HAAAAIIIII BAAAAAABBEEEEEE!!!!
They are also incredibly easy to make and inexpensive.
Here are six matching busy bag ideas
1. Duplo colour counting (and building)
All you need are colour matched duplo blocks in stacks of 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5; and five cards with each stack drawn on and a number.
I get sandy to match the block towers to the pictures, but in the future once he seems ready I will undo all the blocks and ask him to build each picture. The colour helps him know where or place each one but encourages an association between the number of blocks and the written numbers.
2. Number matching
This one is so simple all it is is two sets of cards with the numbers 1-5 on each set. One set is larger than the others. Again the goal is matching but also recognition of the numbers.
3. Pizza slices
This one is fun and could be done with other foods your toddler likes. Just draw a picture of it with pieces cut out, it halved or the whole thing divided and get them to put it back together. Sandy loves rearranging the “patza”.
4. Object matching
All you need is a bunch of different shaped objects and some card. Draw around them in marker and have your toddler match them.
5. Colour sticks
Different coloured cards/envelopes and lolly sticks with the colours written on in marker to show the written words that go with the colours.
6. 2d/3d matching
Take a bunch of objects and draw them on cards to match
So that’s our matching busy bags. I will be looking at some other types soon so will blog on them when I get the chance!