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Hair Tie Patterns Busy Bag

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Use coloured hair ties for children to begin to recognise and understand patterns and hand/eye coordination. 

Materials Needed:

What to do:

  • Using the pattern cards, encourage children to place the coloured hair ties around their fingers as it shows to create the pattern.
  • Add this into a zip lock bag to be used during rest time. 

Hints and Tips:

  • This a simple activity that easily can be created for rest time non sleepers.
  • Use blank handprint printables, to create your own patterns using the colour hair ties you have available to you. 

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 3 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    manipulates small objects

    holds object between thumb and first two fingers

    groups objects according to specific characteristics (colour, size, shape etc)

    recognises similarities and differences

    matches objects and pictures one to one

    pays attention to activity between 5 – 15 minutes at a time

    able to identify and name primary colours

    understands concepts of sorting, grouping and matching

    increased concentration

  • Play Based Learning: Manipulative Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Puzzle Play, Sensory Play
  • Games Categories: Creative Play Games, Fine Motor Skills, Learning Games, Manipulation Games, Quiet Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    5.4  Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

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