Busy bags can be a very convenient way to incorporate some hands-on learning time. Whether you use them in the classroom, on the go, or as a component in your home activities, they are handy to have around. Now that Tinker has started preschool outside of the home for two days during the week I am making a few busy bags and learning activities that correspond to the themes they are focusing on in the classroom. That way she can do a little bit of hands-on learning at home too.
This counting snowballs winter math activity was quick to put together and both my preschooler and kindergartener can use it in different ways.
To prepare the activity I gathered fifteen white pom poms and six small foam snowmen. We had the snowmen in our craft stash, but you could use any size foam snowmen or even cut out your own paper ones. Better yet, let your little one make six snowmen to use in the busy bag!
My preschooler follows these steps for the busy bag activity:
1. Place the snowmen in order from zero to five.
2. Add the appropriate number of snowballs above the snowman’s head.
Once your child is done you can also:
1. Count all the snowballs to see how many there are in all.
2. Compare the amounts. For example show that five is great than four or that one is less than three. At the most advanced level, ask kids to identify how many more (or less) a certain number is than another (for example, 3 is 2 less than 5).
My kindergartener is focusing on addition right now. This busy bag is easy to use for that as well. She simple chooses two snowmen from the bag. Then she gathers that correct amount of snowballs for each and combines them. Finally she counts to see how many snowballs there are when the two amounts are combined.
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