Saturday, June 28, 2014

Busy Bags for School Aged Children

This week we've been participating in the Virtual Busy Bag Exchange. Big Cousin was at our house for a few days this week and as the all the kiddos would be partaking in quiet time, I created a few busy bags for her as well.

Big Cousin is headed into second grade in the fall so her bags needed to work on different skill sets than the ones I usually create for Big Brother. I know she is enjoying to learn how to sew with her grandmother, so the first bag I created encouraged her to practice her sewing skills.

Sewing also helps kids develop fine motor skills, and in her case, strengthen her fine motor muscles even more so as she already is an active writer and used to manipulating small objects. 
For the bag I cut two pieces of craft felt into 12 inch by 6 inch rectangles. I laid them together and used embroidery thread to sew the two pieces together down the centers. This created a soft, fabric "book." I used permanent marker to lightly draw straight lines on the first page. I threaded two needles with embroidery thread. I set up the needles for her as the thread was very thick for the head of the needle. I also included some beads (these are larger than seed beads so they can fit over the needle.)

Big Cousin loved working in this bag, and asked for it several times during the week even when it was not quiet time. She added the beads to her lines on both sides of the page. Other days in the week she asked for more complicated lines to follow.

My plan is that sometime over the summer we'll add her name to the cover and she can embroider her name on the cover of the book. 

She was so engaged with her sewing book and bag she didn't get as involved with the other bag, which had a math focus. Using some quick clip art, foam dice, and stickers I created a number bond activity. 

Number bonds explore the idea that numbers can be made in different ways. For example 5 can be made of 2 and 3 or 4 and 1. Knowing different ways to break up (decompose) or put together (compose) numbers can help kids in many areas of math. 

For this number bond activity kids can roll one foam dice and write the number into the large circle. Then, using stickers they can break the number into two parts and put that many stickers in each small circle. For example, if the number was 8 they might put 5 stickers in one circle and 3 stickers in another. On another page, they could also put 8 in the large circle but put 4 stickers in each small circle. (Or 6 and 2, 7 an 1, etc.)

It was fun thinking of how to create busy bags that would seem meaningful an engaging to an older child. I'm looking forward to seeing some of the other ideas shared at Teach Me Mommy and Three Foot Cooks.  I've enjoyed seeing all the great ideas that came out of this great exchange!

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1 comment:

  1. Great busy bag idea for big kids! Will feature it in the roundup;)