Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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20+ Christmas Busy Bags & Montessori Bins

Christmas is coming!  This post is a HUGE celebration with 20+ Christmas busy bags and Montessori bins (and it includes a $500 giveaway)!!  Plan your preschool and pay for your holiday!

In December, we do even less formal school work and loads of fun, seasonal activities.  I absolutely love "busy bags" and "Montessori bins" for a couple reasons: They are easy to set up, easy to transport, fun to engage in, and your kiddo can usually play with them independently if you need to run check on dinner or help another child!  

Busy bags are self-contained activities that can be sealed up in a bag--I usually use a large freezer bag and store them in a file cabinet box.  Montessori bins are self-contained Montessori-inspired activities that your child can explore independently...they just pick up the bin and get to work!  I usually prepare 2-3 Montessori bins that are available at all times.

These activities all tie in to popular Christmas themes, and many would work for both bags and bins!  
And keep reading...at the end of this post is a chance to win one of four $500 prizes!!

Christmas Montessori Activities : Gift of Curiousity has great ideas and free printables that could go in either Christmas busy bags or Montessori bins!
Christmas Tree Addition : Kidding Around Greenville added a small twist to make this tree activity geared toward kids that are learning to add!
Early Reader Christmas Busy Bag :  Fun Christmas themed phonics activities in a bag from The Educators Spin On It!
Felt Christmas Tree Toy : Not only would this make an awesome busy bag, but you could even wrap it and give it to your kids!  What an awesome present!
Christmas Jingle Bells : This matching bell activity from Sugar Aunts is designed to store in a bag (which would make it perfectly portable), but it would also be super easy to set up in a Montessori bin!
Christmas Tree Decorating Busy Bag : This classic felt tree at Coffee Cups and Crayons is the perfect busy bag!  Plus, it teaches counting skills!
Wreath Counting Busy Bag : Coffee Cups and Crayons also has an adorable wreath counting busy bag!  You can pull this bag out at home for some festive one-on-one time or leave the supplies out in a bin!
Christmas Tree Counting With Pompoms : Rockabye Butterfy actually has about half a dozen Christmas-themed activities that would be perfect in either a busy bag or a Montessori bin!
Gingerbread Shape Matching : This cute gingerbread busy bag from Powerful Mothering could easily be set up in a Montessor bin and is perfect for the holidays...or any time of year!
Christmas Ribbons : This bin is part Christmas and part art!  I love how it looks!  I bet you could find a way to use this idea from My Montessori Journey in a busy bag too!
Christmas Tree Count Busy Bag : I love the unique materials that Motherhood on a Dime used on her counting tree!
Play Dough Christmas Tree : Mamma Pappa Bubba has the cutest play dough Christmas kit ever!  It works perfectly as a holiday bin too -- but I don't think your kiddos will ever want to close the lid!
Christmas Sensory Treasure Bin : My Nearest and Dearest has a completely irresistable Christmas treasure bin that could easily be adapted if you needed it in bags!
Christmas Roll a Block Tree : This fun game from The Preschool Toolbox also teaches numbers!
Candy Cane Stripe Counting : Preschool Inspirations has a fun way to combine math and holiday candy in a Montessori bin!
Printable Christmas Puzzles : These adorable puzzles from Itsy Bitsy Fun are perfect for creative minds!  First match them up correctly...then mix them up however you like!
DIY Magnetic Christmas Travel Games : These DIY magnetic games from Teach Me Mommy store great in a bag and would be perfect if you're traveling this Christmas!
Christmas Quiet Time Bags : Fun and easy DIY ideas for Christmas busy bags from There's Just One Mom!
Christmas Sensory Bin : This bin from 3 Dinosaurs is bright and colorful and ties into Christmas books!
Gingerbread Counting : This busy bag from Wildflower Ramblins is so cute you will want to keep it out all year long!  It would also work perfectly in a Montessori bin!
Christmas Play Dough Kit : This colorful and inviting bin from Racheous doubles as fine motor exercise too!
Snowman Busy Bag : Even if you don't have snow at Christmastime, your kiddos will love this snowman building busy bag from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails!
Christmas Ornament Scoop : Let your kiddos scoop, pour, and play with Christmas ornaments!  This is such a fun idea from The Kavanaugh Report!  Just make sure you use shatter-proof ornaments!

Have you used busy bags or Montessori bins?  I'd love to hear your experiences with them!

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