Thursday, August 13, 2009

Preschool Activities in a Bag

This is a review of Preschool Activities in a Bag, Book 1 by Paula Reetz & Sherri MacLean

The authors have done a super job of putting together a book of 34 activities, which include matching, puzzles, beads, collages, sewing, texture rubs and more. Using this resource, your preschooler will be introduced to numbers, letters, colors, and patterns. Some of the activities involve small motor skills such as coloring, cutting and pasting. Others involve larger motor skills used in playing games such as bean toss.

The unique feature of this book is that each activity costs about $1 to make and can be stored in a 1 gallon freezer bag with a sliding "zipper." This makes it easy to pull out an activity and get right to work. There's no need for further preparation as the preparation has already been done at an earlier time.

Instructions are provided to help you create these activity bags on your own or organize an activity swap. Working together can cut down the expense of creating the Activity Bags.

A supply list is included to make shopping for supplies easier; and all the masters needed to complete the projects are in the back of the book.

I taught three and four year olds for 20 years. The activities in this book will definitely provide lots of enjoyable learning experiences for this age group; HOWEVER, very few of these activities can be done by preschoolers, all by themselves. If you are expecting to use these activities to entertain your children while you homeschool, it may not be the answer you're looking for. However, if you are looking for some fun ideas for activities for this age group, this is an excellent resource. If you're lucky, you might get some work done, too!

For more information or to order, go to the Activities in a Bag Web site.

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