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Felt School Bus Math Busy-Bag Activity

Aug 25, 2014

It's hard to believe that it's already time for kids to be back in school. And it's even harder to believe that my oldest, J, will be off to kindergarten this fall. So to get into the back to school spirit, I put together this school bus math busy bag that works on shape learning and counting.

To make this back-to-school-themed math busy bag for toddlers and preschoolers, you will need:

• felt (yellow, red, gray, black and white)
• dice

Cut a square and a rectangle from the yellow felt to make the body of the school bus. Then cut out two black circles and two smaller white circles for the tires. Use the red felt to make an octagon for a stop sign and gray felt to make the windows of the bus. I used mostly felt scraps to make this felt school bus, which is a bonus. To turn this busy bag into a counting game, I decided to make six windows for the bus so that we could use dice for the math component.

Before we tried the counting game, my boys each had a couple of turns building the school bus using the felt shapes.

Then the boys would roll the die, count out the corresponding number of windows, and put the windows on the bus.

This busy bag is a great way to work on fine motor skills, counting, one-to-one correspondence and shape learning. You can even work on colors as the bus is assembled.

Article Author Dyan Robson
Dyan Robson

Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is a stay at home mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano out of her home. She enjoys doing a variety of crafts, playing video games, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family. Dyan began writing her blog And Next Comes L in early 2013 and blogs primarily about sensory activities, quiet books, and unique music activities for kids. You can follow along with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+.

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