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.
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?
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.
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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.