We are reading Brown Bear, Brown Bear this week, and I thought that it would be perfect to come up with a busy bag inspired by this dearly loved book! I’m including free printables for this lacing activity, so you can make your own. At the end of the post, there will also be 9 more incredible busy bag ideas from some of the most inspiring preschool blogs around.
It seems that lacing is one of the areas that I forget about often when teaching. The skills gained from it have incredible benefits, so I’ve been trying to remember to include more and more lacing activities lately. I know that it is not appealing to every child either, so I was hoping that by including some Brown Bear, Brown Bear inspired pictures, it would entice each of the students.
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Thankfully, it worked! As these were coming out my printer, the kiddos started cheering, and I could hardly get these made fast enough for their excitement. This busy bag activity has been well loved in my classroom and home, and it would work perfectly on the go too.
To prepare this busy bag, you will need the following items:
Printed lacing cards
Laminator or access to one
1. Cut out the lacing cards and hole punch the designated holes.
2. Put them through the laminator. Then cut and hole punch again.
3. Take your yarn and make a knot or loop at the end. The thinner the yarn, the bigger the knot needs to be.
4. Use scotch tape to secure the opposite side of the yarn.
Voila! Now you have a wonderful busy bag activity to provide entertainment and enjoyment for (hopefully) a long time.
To print your lacing cards, click the purple cat in the picture below or here:
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 // ALLternative Learning
Apple Counting Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Counting Caterpillar Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering