One of the things I enjoy doing with my kiddos is incorporating learning into a fun activity. And if that activity can be incorporated into a busy bag – well, I love it even more! This activity for the Pre-K level concentrates on visual motor skills, hand-eye coordination, letter recognition, word identification, as well as picture-word matching.
- 1 pipe cleaner, cut in half
- Wood Alphabet Beads, with at least a 1/8 inch opening
- free printable
- plastic baggie
- laminator & 1 laminating sheet
- Print out & laminate the free printable.
- After it is laminated, cut the sheet into 10 word flashcards.
- Using one half of the pipe cleaner, have the kiddos thread the matching letters, building the word for each card.
For their small hands, when they are using a pipe cleaner versus string, it provides a firmer base to thread the beads onto without the beads turning. This is especially important for easier recognition of each letter to build the word. This is a great busy bag activity to keep in your purse for restaurants. It’s one of the more frequently requested busy bags :)
And here is the free printable (click on the button for a printable PDF file):
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