I recently found at these “Coordinated Paper Cut Outs” at a local Dollar Tree and thought they would make a quick and colorful busy bag for our toddler and preschooler to practice associating objects with each other.
We’ve completed this activity together several times. Now the three oldest children can match the items on their own. They like to complete this activity together, each taking a turn to match. They use this busy bag independently, too.
As with all busy bags, this activity comes out when I need to work one-on-one with a child or when I need to complete an activity while keeping the kids busy and out of mischief.
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I purchased a pack of each set I could find:
- apple and orange
- mouse and cheese
- paint can and paintbrush
- frog and lily pad
- bee and honey
- peanut butter (on bread) and jelly (on bread)
To make the pairs of objects self-checking, I used markers to color a dot on the back of each object. The objects that go together have the same color dot. This way a young child can check their own work–if the colors are the same, they’ve been matched correctly.
Next, I ran each piece through my handy laminator. In our household, anything we want to be able to use more than a couple times has to be laminated 🙂
After that, I simply cut the pieces out and placed them in a ziploc bag. This activity can be stored in a quart or gallon sized bag. The gallon size bag is much easier for children to use, but if you’ll be the one taking the activity out, the quart will work.
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