Looking for an activity to help reinforce math concepts? This is a simple busy bag that transports easily and is fun to do.
- card stock paper
- scissors or paper cutter
- permanent pen or marker
- single hole punch
- sandwich size resealable bag
This busy bag is easily one of our kids’ favourites. They love getting to use a hole punch!
To create this busy bag, cut paper into rectangles. I like to use coloured card stock as the thickness makes it easier to work with and the colour makes it more fun!
Next, write one number on each piece of paper, far over to one side, leaving a lot of room for your child to be able to hole punch the correct amount of holes. For younger children, you can use only single digits, but for older children, you can use whichever numbers they are currently learning. You can even adapt this busy bag for elementary ages by writing fractions or by using the cards to reinforce teaching about place value.
Once you have written on the papers, place them in a sandwich size bag along with a single hole punch and seal.
When using this activity, kids simply hole punch each cards with the amount of holes written. This allows them to practise counting (or other math skills depending on what you’ve written on the card) and also allows them to work on fine motor skills as they are squeezing the hole punch and lining things up.
Because of its size, this math busy bag is very portable. It can be thrown into your purse for use in a waiting room or kept in a vehicle to use on road trips.
If you are looking for more busy bag ideas, you may be interested in following my Activity Bags board on Pinterest.