Busy bags are exactly what they sound like – bags to keep your toddler or preschooler busy. There are endless themes and learning concepts that you could include in these activity bags. We’re bringing you a colorful creation that’s absolutely packed with rainbow fun.
Rainbow Play Theme Busy Bag
With this busy bag your kiddo gets the chance to play in different ways on different days! Give your child a few different color-matching and rainbow-building options. She can puzzle together a rainbow with craft felt, “draw” one with yarn or ribbon and match the colors to their words along the way.
Inspire imagination, encouraging your child to come up with her own ways to use her busy bag. She might surprise you with the totally genius ideas she comes up with. And, she’s problem-solving and using her critical thinking skills as she decides on new ways to play.
Learning and Development Objectives
- Color recognition and identification
- Memory and recall
- Fine motor skills – Eye-hand coordination, dexterity, finger strength
- Math – counting, pattern recognition, shape recognition
- Understanding the part to whole relationship
Arts and Crafts Materials
- A clear plastic zipper bag
- Craft felt in a rainbow of colors
- Yarn or ribbon in a rainbow of colors
- Cotton balls or white pomp oms
- Pipe cleaners in rainbow colors
- White card stock paper
How-To Rainbow Busy Bag Steps
- Cut the felt into pieces. This is a great way to reuse scraps from other art activities.
- Cut the yarn and ribbon into strands.
- Make rainbows! Your child can piece together rainbows using the felt, bend the pipe cleaners or layer the ribbons and yarn.
- Add clouds with the cotton balls or pom poms.
- Pack it all up. When your child’s done playing, pack up the materials and zipper the baggie.
Other Rainbow Options
Instead of making the traditional rainbow shape, ask your child to sort and categorize the colors into a deconstructed rainbow.
You can also create color cards, adding in an early literacy angle. Cut the white card stock into pieces. Writ one color name on each card. Use the color marker that matches the name. Place the cards out and have your child match the felt, pipe cleaners, yarn or ribbon to each color name.
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Erica is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an MS in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.