Preschool in a Bag
Preschool in a bag is a great resource I found about two years ago and have been using this curriculum with my kids at home. You make several bags with the activities in the bag, they are easy to store and easy to use. They are a great way to save money and do an at home preschool with your child. I did these for both my kids the year before they went to preschool and they have grown and enjoyed them lots. The activities do take time to make and create, but I have given many sets out as gifts, and used them lots at home. If you are looking for an easy way to make learning fun, give them a try.
Favorite activities of ours include:
Fishing for letters and numbers: I had a fishing pole from my teaching days, and we made foam fish with letters and numbers on them for the kids to fish for and tell the letter or number. You could also vary it and do spell a word with letters or add your numbers together with numbers.
Magnetic Bag: Put in a bag a magnet along with other magnetic items such as paper clips, fridge magnets, etc. and nonmagnetic items. The kids can enjoy finding out what is magnetic.
Magnifying Bag: Place a child’s magnifying glass along with various items for them to investigate with it. We rotate ours based on what we are learning and working on. Right now we have different types of money in the bag. We have also included different types of material or pretend animals.
Magazine Bag: This is a great way to work on fine motor and cutting. I put in a variety of kid friendly magazines into the bag along with scissors, glue stick, paper, and markers. They can make collages, webs, maps, pictures, etc. with the items they cut out.
Sticker Bag: So easy. Paper, stickers, and markers. Give them the bag and have them create a picture, pattern, design, etc. This is a very quick and easy activity that most kids LOVE!
If you want more ideas you can order the book online, or be creative and think of your own bags. I made up a total of 80 bags in about 2 months for our kids and have them organized in tubs in our playroom. They are a quick idea for a rainy day.
Have fun growing and learning together!