Hooray! I have finally neared completion of our preschool/toddler activity bags — just in time for the new school year (ours will start on August 25th). Here is a list of everything I’ve assembled. I put them in Easy Zipper Ziploc gallon-sized bags so the kids could clean up and close the bags without assistance when they are finished.
(I still have more I will add; I will post new bags as I create them.)
1. Clothesline play (rope clothesline, mini wooden clothespins, cloth diapers, and doll clothes).
2. Lacing cards (rainbow laces purchased separately from Montessori Services, and handmade foam shapes for lacing — I couldn’t find any lacing cards to buy for less than $15, so I was forced to get creative and thrifty).
5. Open & close (various items to open and close — boxes, hair barrettes, empty makeup compacts, mini plastic bottles).
6. Alphabet & number magnets (to use with small cookie sheet).
8. Viewmaster with slides.
9. Geoboard with rubber bands (for geometric introduction, dexterity, AND open-ended creative designs).
10. Buttons! (tons of buttons I found for $2 at a closeout education store; for sorting, counting, etc.).
11. Various pasta shapes (for sorting).
13. Rubber insects (for sorting/counting/pattern completion).
14. Paper plate alphabet caterpillar (a leftover from our Unplugged Week).
15. Transportation memory game (any memory game will work).
I took many of my ideas from this website. Several of the “Montessori style” activities were ideas gleaned from Montessori supply catalogs.
If you make your own PABs (or TABs), I’d love you to drop me a link of your finished products! I am always open to new ideas for more.