Thursday, 7 August 2014

Little Nest Busy Bags for busy little beavers


Little Best Busy Bags Review

Travelling with a toddler on a long car trip or a flight is most parent’s worst nightmare. And if you’re a parent like me, you don’t want your child to play an i-device the entire trip. I came across the idea of ‘Busy Bags’ on Pinterest, and after a little more searching I found “Little Nest Busy Bags”. Sarah has created a range of fantastic activities that are not only great for engaging your children at home or whilst travelling, but are fantastic classroom resources!
 
The Little Nest Busy Bags are ideal for pre-school and infants (K-2) aged children, and are fantastic for children with special needs. My first purchase was the Mega Busy Box (now discontinued but similar products are available), which contained activities including lacing, shape and colour sorting, alphabet and number identification, and I have since gone on to purchase many other bags including the Spin & Spell, Pizza Factory, Australian Animals, Pom-Pom Pick Up, Clothes Line, Colour and Pattern Matching Pegs and Fruit Patterns. As well as using these with both my boys, I have taken many of the activities bags to school (most are packed in a sturdy plastic A4 zipped case) and used them with my little treasures.


 
And the kids LOVED them! Kids always love something new, and they just saw them as new toys to play with. They were ordering numbers and the alphabet, sorting shapes, using tweezers to sort the pom-poms and create fruit salads and having fun whilst learning!!!! That’s the beauty of these bags – the bright colours and different textures of the materials engages children’s senses and imagination.

So jump on over to Little Nest Busy Bags and check out the fantastic variety of activities Sarah has created, and use this code TEACH2014 for a 10% discount on all purchases.

Why is the development of Fine Motor Skills so important?

Fine motor skills are the collective skills and activities that involve the use of fingers and hands, and along with gross motor skill development are a vital foundation for other important future skills such as drawing, writing and self-help. Adopting an individualised approach based upon your child’s interest (or an individual child in your class) while ensure that learning is enjoyable and meaningful and are great for those children who have difficulty with fine motor skills and are not intrinsically motivated in fine motor skill building activities.


(Fine Motor Skills Program – School Readiness Program. http://www.fingergym.info/downloads/Finemotordevpp1-4.pdf)

References:
Owens, A. (2008). Supporting children’s development – Fine Motor skills. National Childcare Accreditation Council. [Online]. Available URL: http://ncac.acecqa.gov.au/educator-resources/pcf-articles/Supporting_children's_development_fine_motor_skills.pdf

Fine Motor Development and Early School Performance. [Online]. Available URL: http://www.fingergym.info/downloads/Finemotordevpp1-4.pdf

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