Activity bags don’t have to be complicated to be effective. This simple beading busy bag proves that again.
- pipe cleaners
- plastic pony or spacer beads, assorted colours
- resealable bag
Yep, three items including the bag…that’s all that’s needed!
Yet, with just those three items, your child can work on patterning, fine motor skills and colour matching. These are great preschool skills to work on and they’ll never know they are learning while they play!
To assemble this busy bag, throw some pipe cleaners and beads into a resealable bag. If you want to complicate this, you can create patterning cards for your child to match or you can fill some of the pipe cleaners with beads in a pattern for your child to recreate.
At first, our daughter found it too overwhelming to create patterns with many colours included. I had originally included five bead colours in the bag but took out two colours until she mastered patterning with those and then I put those colours back in.
By stringing beads onto pipe cleaners, you can also create bracelets and bookmarks, so this is a very versatile activity.
If you are looking for more busy bag ideas, you may be interested in following my Activity Bags board on Pinterest.