Busy bags are a great way to keep kids occupied with independent play during quiet time or ...busy times! They are perfect, though, for learning and development, as well. Today we are sharing a busy bag activity that can be done as a Kindergarten preparation activity. Kids entering kindergarten in the fall may need to gain awareness of shape identification. Many times shape identification is covered in preschool or Pre-K. In Kindergarten, kids will work on three dimensional shapes. While kids will be doing this activity during their kindergarten year, parents may want to prepare or work on this skill at home as well.
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3D Shape Activity
To create this busy bag, we used our Melissa & Doug 100-Piece Wood Blocks Set and a few colored markers. Use the markers to create a shape puzzle on a piece of white paper. Trace the shapes on the paper. We positioned the shapes in different ways to explore the outlines of the shapes and how they look from different directions. Trace the triangle on it's side and on the angled side. Kids can build the "puzzle" again and again as they name the three dimensional shapes.
We worked on naming cylinders, cubes, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms. This is a fun way to introduce new terms for shapes to your Kindergartner. My kids love to keep the puzzle sheet that we created right in the box of blocks, and pull it out to position the shapes again and again.
This post is part of the Busy Bag series. Check out the rest of the busy bags for Kindergartners:
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Free Alphabet Clip Cards // Playdough to Plato
Word Family Sort // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Printable Time Telling Game // Easy Peasy and Fun
Story Circles // Powerful Mothering
Magnetic Name Trace // Teach Me Mommy
Sight Word Memory Game // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Tactile Name Writing Practice // Preschool Inspirations
3D Shape Identification // Mommy Needs a Coffee Break
Touch and Feel ABC Cards // The Pleasantest Thing
Printable Dry Erase Morning Routine Busy Bag // Lalymom
Sequencing Mr. Men Shapes Busy Bag // Adventures of Adam
Alphabet Matching Puzzles // Itsy Bitsy Fun
Lowercase Letter Formation with Baked Cotton Balls // Sugar Aunts