I love everything about busy bags–they are educational, engaging, and fit into a little package that can be taken on the go!
This apple seed counting busy bag is perfect for preschool kids who are working on numbers, counting, and one-to-one correspondence. Once you put it together you can use it during quiet time, in a classroom center or while waiting at a restaurant or doctor’s appointment.
There’s no real rules for making busy bags and you can find tons of different ideas out there. Personally, I like simple ones best. They are easy to make and end up being able to be played with in many different ways which is helpful as kids start to learn new skills.
This apple seed busy bag actually reuses the clothespins from our paper plate pumpkin busy bag in fact I am storing both of these busy bags for my preschooler in the same gallon size bag! Don’t you just love when stuff like that comes together!
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag
- red paper plate or a paper plate painted red
- green marker
- pom poms
Write the numbers your child is working on on the clothespins and grab a handful of pom poms. We chose green but any color would be fine. Let your child clip a number clothespin (stem) to the top of the plate (apple) and then have them count out the corresponding number of pom poms (seeds).
Save on the number of clothespins you have to use by writing numbers on both the front and back of each clothespin. You can even get really fancy and use pom poms for the tens and small beads for the ones for higher numbers. The sky really is the limit!
Check out the other creative preschool busy bags from this talented group of kid bloggers. From left to right:
LEGO Patterns Busy Box // Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Printable Animal Puzzles // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Free Letter Tracing Roads // Playdough to Plato
5 Easy Bottle Cap Busy Bags for Tiny Tots // Best Toys for Toddlers
Brown Bear Lacing Busy Bag // Preschool Inspirations
DIY Car Track Busy Bag // Adventures of Adam
Three Pretend Play Busy Bags // Lalymom
How to Make Busy Bags: Thrift Shop Finds // ALLterNATIVElearning
Apple Counting Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Counting Caterpillar Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering