My daughter loves to break crayons, and chalk, and anything thin and cylindrical. And to be honest, this can be very frustrating for me. However, I know that she seeks tactile input by breaking crayons so instead of just getting upset, we sought to find fun ways for her to explore. Here is our latest busy bag to help her restless hands have something to play with and to make sure that playing sometimes has a purpose too!
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As I have mentioned before, we love busy bags. They are a great way for us too organize what we are working on in tot school and take activities with us when we are on the go. For instance, they have been life-saving when I needed to go to the doctor, chiropractor, or other appointment where I could not be here primary source of entertainment (or any source for that matter).
In trying to figure out how to help my daughter’s need for tactile stimulation and her own sensory needs, Dayna at Project Sensory and I decided that maybe my daughter could benefit from the fidget toy. While not available yet, there will soon be a Fidget Fix just for kids like my daughter who need to play with something and could benefit from tactile manipulation! Definitely check out the kits and printables that are now being offered at Project Sensory. You can even find a resource page all about how the hand fidget is helpful and enter to win one while you’re there.
Right now, I have put together a quick and simple busy bag that include the Wacky Tracks Fidget toy and 6 shape cards to allow to to visualize and make each shape with her fidget toy. I always stick to six concepts or less in her bags, so the shapes I chose were based off of understanding the difference in number of sides and in how to properly shape the fidget (such as the heart being more complex).
This has already been a great addition to our busy bag collection! To download the free printables, click here or the image above!
Because my daughter is definitely a “learn by doing” kind of learner, this is a wonderful way for her to learn shape recognition because it’s tapping into her need for tactile input, her kinesthetic learning needs, and it helps her spatially understand what each shape is.
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Kara is an author, wife, and mother of 3 children living in Boston, MA. She has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development and is passionate about connecting with and even helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!