by Noreen Doll.
A vehicle busy bag will especially appeal to little boys.
Kids can use this to learn to sequence, follow patterns, or to make their own patterns.
It would be a good idea to buy at least 2 bags of vehicles (or other shapes of foam stickers) to ensure that you have enough of each color and/or shape.
Since these shapes were only $1 a bag at the Dollar Store, it is cheap enough to get more than 1.
I used an 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of card stock to mark off squares large enough to hold any of the shapes.
You could also use a 9 x 12 piece of craft foam or felt for marking the squares.
To make permanent boards, you can draw around the shapes and add color to them. Then laminate them so they can be used over again.
Or use one of each shape attached to block of wood to stamp the colors on the board before laminating.
I like the idea of sitting down with your child and creating different patterns for him/her to imitate. And letting him/her create patterns for you to follow.
Younger kids can just match colors
Preschoolers can match color and shape. Or create their own patterns.
You could also make a small felt play mat with roads or tracks for the vehicles to be played with.
To help the vehicles cling to a felt play mat, they can be stuck to felt and cut out. The felt side will stick to the felt mat.
Store the pieces in a large ziplock bag when not in use.