This post was contributed by Dyan of And Next Comes L.
Make Learning the Days of the Week Easy!
I love simple learning activities that can keep the boys busy and playing quietly. Often, our living room is overrun by busy bags and quiet book pages, so why not add one more to the collection, right?
Well, I decided to make a busy bag that focused on learning the days of the week. I know that J can read some of the days’ names like Friday and Sunday, but I’m not really sure he knows that the days go in a particular order. He’s not even four yet, so I am sure he doesn’t really care that they go in a specific order. Regardless, I’d like him to at least be familiar with the names of all the days of the week and I’m hoping that this busy bag will help him achieve that. If not, at least he’ll get some good color matching in. Or, if he’s not interested in it, then at least K will keep busy by pulling all the clothespins apart, which he has already done multiple times.
A Busy Bag for Learning the Days of the Week
To make the busy bag, I wrote each day of the week in a different colored permanent marker onto a wooden clothespin. I then colored the end of the clothespin in the same color. Next, I cut a piece of cardstock and colored it using the colors of each clothespin as a guide, starting with Sunday’s color, then Monday’s color, etc. I then covered the cardstock in contact paper. Laminating it would work too.
The clothespins can be matched by color, which helps kids put the days in the correct order like this…
In hindsight, I think a circle for the matching part of this activity would have been better, but I only had enough contact paper on hand to do a small strip. Regardless, J was eager to try out this busy bag activity and quickly showed that he could do it.
Next I’ll have to do a busy bag to go along with our other months of the year activities!
Married to her high school sweetheart, Dyan is a stay at home mom to two boys, J and K, who also teaches piano part time out of her home. She began her blog “And Next Comes L” in March 2013 after some mom friends encouraged her to share her creative ideas. You can read more about how her blog came to be here. She loves to dabble in all things creative and crafty, but particularly enjoys making homemade toys and quiet books for her kids.
I just love Dyan’s busy bag ideas and this one for learning the days of the week is awesome, too. I especially love that it is simple to make; I have everything right here at home to make one today. Awesome! Thanks, Dyan!
How do your help your kids with learning the days of the week? Any tricks or tips to share? Let us know in the comments!
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