With Christmas around the corner we have teamed up with fourteen bloggers from around the world to bring you a Christmas Busy Bag Blog Hop.
With Adam developing a real love for numbers I opted to make a Christmas Posting Busy Bag. I knew just the place to buy our Christmas Post Box. It comes from PoundLand and is actually a wine bottle box. Using a sharp knife I cut a rectangle out of the front and reinforced the edges with black electrical tape. PoundLand also had a cute ‘POST’ bag which made a great addition. I made the ‘envelopes’ by cutting rectangles out of coloured card and writing the numbers in black pen. I added a world sticker in the right hand corner to represent a stamp. To transport the Busy Bag, the numbered envelopes are placed into the Post Bag which in turn is rolled up and placed into the Post Box.
There are several ways to play with the Christmas Posting Busy Bag. Each activity reinforces number recognition and aids fine motor skills. Adam found it quite tricky at first to post the envelopes through the fairly small hole.
At first Adam wanted to post each envelope into the postbox. We talked about the colours of each envelope and the process of going to the Post Office to post a letter.
We then placed all the envelopes into the Post Bag. Adam had to pick out an envelope, say the number written on it and then post the envelope. He was able to recognise all his numbers up to 10 and the majority up to 18.
Next I spread out the envelopes on the floor. I asked Adam to find a number out of the selection. Once he found it he could post it into the postbox.
Our last version of the game was to use additional numbers. These were written onto Christmas tags. Adam would pick one of these numbers from the pile and then find the matching numbered envelope. He could then post both sets of numbers into the postbox.
I was surprised at Adam’s level of concentration during the different activities. He certainly has his Daddy’s gene for loving numbers!
* Post Box (a wine box) from PoundLand
* Post Bag from PoundLand
* Coloured card
* Black electrical tap
* Stickers (to represent the stamp)
* Black felt tip pen
* Christmas tags (optional)
Adam was 2 years and 6 months old.
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