This bag is for Rascal (aged three and a half) to play with when Scallywag (aged 17 months) is not about to scatter the little pieces everywhere and cause havoc!
The inspiration came from a playgroup that we attend where the activity that they had laid out for the children this week was threading coloured pasta to make jewellery. Rascal loved it and was surprisingly good at the threading so I thought we could build on those skills.
I bought a selection of beads from the $2 shop, some thread and a tin to store everything. The advantage of the tin is that not only is everything visible, but we can pick out a small selection of the beads at a time and store them in the lid while Rascal is busy.
I cut several lengths of thread for her and tied a bead onto one end to ensure that everything is ready if Rascal wants to use this activity and that all the beads don't immediately fall off.
Rascal had a go with this busy bag on Saturday... the verdict:
A resounding success!
When I introduced the activity, Rascal threaded about 2 beads and then got side tracked, as usual showing that she has far better ideas of what to do with the raw materials that I give her.
- She sorting the beads- by shape
- She sorted the beads by colour
- She counted how many of each different shape and colour she had.
Its maybe not the most original busy bag, but it got a definite vote of approval from my little critic! I have to say that for a busy bag which was intended to be creative, we discovered that there are many many learning possibilities.
When I put Rascal to bed, she requested that we do it again on Sunday. Always a good sign when we do an activity together!