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Preschool Busy Bag: Button Graph

Preschool Busy Bag Button Graph Activity from Walking by the Way

A new preschool busy bag?

But, Ami, you don't have any preschoolers.

Yes. And yes.

I will never remember the tale of this preschool busy bag beyond the basics:

The bag was made. Simon played. And that was five years ago. Apparently, the poor photos have been sitting in my images folder for a long, long time just waiting to make an appearance on the blog. Today is their day.

Supplies

Roylco Bright Buttons for Preschool Busy Bag

Instructions

1. Sort through your buttons and choose five colors. I was able to find five colors that had four matching shapes (square, flower, circle, heart).

2. Color the small rectangles at the top of page to represent the colored buttons you have chosen. I chose red, orange, blue, yellow, and pink. 

3. Show your child how to put the correct color buttons in the right columns. If that version is too simple, place all the buttons in the first column for your student. Show her how to complete the graph by matching the shape (on the left) with the color (at the top). If she is ready for this game, you may want to trace the shapes on the left column so the activity can be done independently. 

4. Grab a Ziploc and bag it! Store it until the next time.

Preschool Busy Bag Button Graph from Walking by the Way

Looking for more ideas? You can find all of my Preschool Activity Bag ideas here on the blog, and you can also check out my Pinterest Board.

Preschool Busy Bag Activity Board on Pinterest copy

Sparkly Jewel Sorting Preschool Bag

Last week I shared a simple preschool bag activity, Pretty Princess Beads. I have made several bags in the past week in preparation for our trip, and I want to share another super simple one today. Simple means it took ten minutes to put together. Hooray for simple!

Sparkly Jewel Sorting Preschool Busy Bag

I purchased a large container of "gems" at Hobby Lobby (also half price last week, about $7). I also purchased some pieces of felt for .25 each. I used each piece for three different preschool activity bags, so that was a bargain. 

I cut a rectangle (probably 6 inches by 4 inches) from each felt color.

Gem Sorting Preschool Bag

Then I dumped the jewels out and found coordinating colors. 

Sparkly Jewel Sorting Preschool Activity Bag

I bagged each color in its own bitty jewelry bag. I did this because I want to control how many colors we introduce Sweet Girl to at one time, so we don't overwhelm her. 

Gem Sorting Preschool Activity Bag

Then I put the felt squares and the bitty bags of gems into a Ziploc. Super simple.

This activity is good for:

  • Sorting
     
  • Introducing Colors
     
  • Fine Motor Skills
     
  • Counting (when finished, count the number of gems on each felt piece)
     
  • You could also sort the pieces by shape instead of color, if desired.

​Have fun!

Looking for more preschool busy bag ideas? That's fantastic because my #1 viewed post is The Ultimate Guide to Preschool Busy Bags! So, go look. 

Preschool Busy Bag Activity Board on Pinterest copy

Pretty Princess Beads Preschool Bag

Pretty Princess Beads Preschool Bag

I started to brainstorm yesterday for a few simple (I can't really emphasize that word enough) busy bags I could take with me to Ecuador. Since my brain juice is running on low, I resorted to an old standby that Simon played with more times than I can tell. He had a bag with pipecleaners and beads. If I remember right, the beads were dolphins and other cute sea creatures. 

Well, it's long gone. And I am all on the big pink girly-girl band wagon right now. You should expect nothing less from a mom who has been buying boy clothes and toys for almost 13 years. I never, ever thought I'd have a daughter. Now that I'm standing right on the brink of bringing Sweet Girl home, well, it's like I swallowed the Pinkalicious book or something. 

You only need two things for this busy bag: pipecleaners and beads.

Supplies for Princess Beads Busy Bag

I spent $6 on beads at Hobby Lobby (1/2 price this week). I'm not counting the cost on the pipe cleaners. These poor pink pipe cleaners have been hanging out in the craft box for years.

What's the purpose of this pinkness?

Princess Beads Preschool Busy Bag

  • This activity bag increases fine motor skills.
     
  • You can use the manipulatives for pattern making.
     
  • You can sort the beads by size (small and large) or even color on to pipe cleaners.
     
  • And, my favorite, it's an easy way to make some accessories for dress-up. Just twist the pipe cleaner into a circle, and you have a super cute bracelet. 

Pretty Princess Beads Preschool Busy Bag

Looking for more preschool busy bag ideas? That's fantastic because my #1 viewed post is The Ultimate Guide to Preschool Busy Bags! So, go look. 

P.S. I know this is a choking risk for youngers, so use common sense. No pongas eso en tu boca por favor. (And that little bit of Spanish may have taken every drop of brain juice I had left.) Audios

P.S. S. You can find all of my Preschool Activity Bag ideas here on the blog, and you can also check out my Pinterest Board.

Preschool Busy Bag Activity Board on Pinterest copy