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Popsicle Sticks Busy Bag

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A simple activity that reinforces basic concepts such colour matching, patterning that can be used during quiet time.

Materials Needed

What to do:

  • Laminate the popsicle stick patterns
  • Add coloured popsicle sticks and pattern cards inside a "busy bag". This could be a simple zip lock bag.
  • Encourage child to match the popsicle sticks on the pattern cards.

Hints and Tips:

  • This a simple activity that easily can be created for rest time non sleepers.
  • For younger preschoolers print out the popsicle patterns the same same as a popsicle as for older preschoolers you can print the patterns out smaller which they can observe and create.
  • Add Velcro to popsicle sticks and laminated cards so children can stick them on.
  • Older preschoolers can create their own abstract patterns using the popsicle sticks.
  • If you don't want to laminate, place patterns in a plastic sleeve that children can access.

Additional Info

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

    established hand preference

    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: Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play, Creative Play
  • Interest Areas: Puzzle Play, Sensory Play, Toy Table
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Creative Play Games, Fine Motor Skills, Indoor Games, Learning Games, Quiet Games
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4, Learning Outcome 5
  • Sub Outcomes:

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving, inquiry, experimentation, hypothesising, researching and investigating
    4.4 Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials
    5.4  Children begin to understand how symbols and pattern systems work

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