Many of you have asked for Busy Bag Ideas for preschoolers, so here’s one that Kaitlynn (4) has enjoyed (this was one of the Busy Bags in the Busy Bag Swap Box):
The Number Wheel is just a simple laminated circle, divided into ten “slices” plus ten clothespins with numbers 1-10 written on them. Each slice on the Number Wheel has a different number of dots in it that correspond with the numbers on the clothespins.
The object of this activity is for the child to match up the dots in each slices with the numbers on the clothespins. It not only teaches basic math and matching skills, but also has some fine motor skills practice thrown in, too.
Download a free printable Number Wheel here. There are also some variations on the Clothespin Number Wheel idea here. Find more Busy Bag ideas here.
So many great ideas! I canno’t wait to impliment them with my littles!
We love this activity. I have done it with numbers, colors and even money. I have also seen it done with addition facts. I am not sure why the little ones I nanny for love it so much. But all that matters is that they do.
Tiffany @ The Simple Blessings says
I participated in the Unsolicited Advice swap for the first time this year. After becoming ADDICTED to busy bags and not knowing when she would host another swap I started a swap locally. We met up today and it was PERFECT. I am hosting a GIVEAWAY for a loot of 10 Tot Busy Bags on my blog to celebrate future swaps and will soon spill the beans on how to host a swap EASILY with local friends.
Love this idea! Also love reading about all the variations that people come up with!
Floppy Elephant says
I can’t find the link, either.
Love the coin idea!!!! Thanks!!
When you go to the long list and click on number wheel, it just redirects you back to the first page? Any suggestions?
I participated in that swap, and so cool that you posted that picture because that was the one I put together! I am pretty sure that is the one I made too (does it have simple math on the back for the older child?). My kids are loving all the bags we got.
Yes, it does! Do you have a download on your blog? I was trying to find it online and couldn’t. I’d love to share it, if you have a link.
I did this with coins. I glued plastic coins to the wheel and have the amounts written on the clothespins to match.
I love this idea! Can’t wait to try it!
Mandy W says
Thanks you so much for posting all of these!!! I am excited to make up a few of the ideas for my kids in the next few weeks.
I love all the busy bag ideas however, I discovered recently when I got the clothes line out for my daughter, that my 18mo DS wants to do nothing but pull apart the clothes pins resulting in my daughter asking for more. So, instead of the activity keeping them busy it just kept them coming back for more. Oh, well! 🙂
Try the old-fashioned peg-style clothespins with no spring in them. There is still a fine-motor element to getting those clipped on.
I saw those on another blog today with a completely different craft and wondered if they would work. Where can I find them at?
I”ve seen them at JoAnn’s. I think they might be called doll clothespins?
Anybody else having a hard time finding the printable from the link?
This is great! We have a mission organization where we are always looking for things to do with children. By tweaking this a little bit it could be a Bible story project. AND we homeschool so I could see tweaking it to learn about fractions. Thanks!
Mrs. R. says
This is great–but couldn’t find it. All I got directed to was a long list of “workboxes”….can someone help, please? And I didn’t find it on that page. (Didn’t have too long to look, tho!)
Did find the variations page OK.
It’s the Number Wheel on the long list.
Thank you so much for sharing these. The ideas are great for new homeschooling mom like me on a budget! : ) Looking forward to trying all these out!
I love it! And as soon as I saw this, I thought of another way to adapt it, too– Write out the number names (one, two, etc.) on the clothespins and have the child clip them to the correct number (1, 2, etc.) on a ruler.
Ashley C says
I’ve also seen this done with colors.
I made a color one for 2-3 year olds. You could also do letters of the alphabet (maybe with stickers that you could change out since you can’t get all 26 letters on one).