I couldn't believe it at first. We had just gotten out of school for the Summer one week earlier! But that didn't stop me from filling up my cart. I ended up returning home with a large bag full of learning materials.
These items had a purpose!
Lily will be starting Kindergarten in the Fall right after she turns 5 and will be one of the youngest kids in her class. She is very social and very independent, so I have no concerns regarding her social and emotional readiness. I do, however, want to keep up with the learning and memorization so she's every bit as prepared as her older classmates. She will be starting Kindergarten with children who are already a full year older than her, so I want to give her a bit of an edge.
Liam has been using a lot of picture books and flashcards lately in Speech Therapy. I wanted to introduce some new learning materials before he makes the transition into preschool based therapy in the Fall. In addition to his early intervention therapies, I spend many hours working with him on my own, so I need to have educational materials on hand.
Sure enough, we started to use these items every day, but our current storage method wasn't working. At first, I kept everything in a small storage container but it wasn't always easy to find what I was looking for. Our very popular Busy Bags Binder gets used every day, so I was inspired to create a Busy Bags Binder full of educational busy bags!
This method ended up working out SO well!
- A 2-to-3 inch Binder (bigger is better)
- Binder Pencil Pouches
- Small crate to store extra busy bags
Pick up some learning materials, group them into learning skills (early reading, counting, letter recognition, time, money) and place each group of items into a pencil pouch. Snap them into the binder, create a fun cover and store on a bookshelf within easy reach!
Here are 10 Educational Busy Bags using items from the Target Dollar Spot:
- Phonics Flash Cards
- Rhyming Cards
- Rhyming Puzzle Wheels
- Sight Words Flash Cards
- Telling Time Puzzle Cards
- Wipe Clean Time Practice Cards
- Telling Time Flash Cards
- Alphabet Sequencing Puzzle
- Number Sequencing Puzzle
- Sequencing Puzzle Cards
Counting and Numbers
- Numbers Flash Cards
- Number Matching
- Counting 1-20 Flash Cards
- Number Wheel
Shapes and Colors
- Color Wheel
- Shapes and Colors Flash Cards
- Color Clips
- Alphabet Flash Cards
- Wipe Clean Letters
- ABC's and Words Flash Cards
- Lowercase Letter Learning
- Uppercase Letter Learning
- Money Puzzle Cards
- Felt Money Set
- Wipe Clean Money Practice Cards
- Wipe Clean Play and Learn Practice Cards
- Alphabet Puzzle Cards
- Lacing Shapes-Robots
- Lacing Shapes-Fairies
- Chunky Lacing Shapes
Magnetic Alphabet, Numbers & Shapes
- Magnetic Numbers and Letters
- Magnetic Numbers and Shapes in Zipper Pouch
- Drawstring Favor Bag to hold the magnets
- Chalk Paint Cookie Sheet
With just a small amount of money and a few minutes of time, you can create a binder full of educational busy bags that will take you from the toddler years into the school years!
In addition to the busy bags in the binder, I picked up a few $1 puzzles and Wipe Clean Magnetic Lap Boards to slide into the pockets in the binder for more fun!
I like to create more busy bags as I find items while shopping, so I keep a few extra binder pencil pouches on hand and I store all the extra busy bags in a small crate. I can swap out busy bags as the kids grow and their needs change!
Do you have busy bags for your kids?