Post from contributor Emma at AdventuresofAdam.com
Busy Bags are wonderful creations that you can grab at a moment’s notice to occupy your little one. They may be used whilst on the go, whilst waiting at the doctors or simply when you need your child to play independently. Our Rainbow Fine Motor Busy Bag will not only entertain a child but help develop their fine motor skills at the same time. What’s more the busy bag is cheap to create.
I picked a clear plastic storage box which had 11 compartments and two clips to secure the lid shut from PoundLand. It is an ideal size to fit in your bag if you need to take it out and about. I used red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet permanent marker pens to colour in the compartments on the top row.
Next I needed two cylinders that would fit in the middle two compartments. I searched around the house but objects were either too big or I couldn’t close the lid on them. Finally in our local supermarket I found Sour Candy Spray bottles which were the perfect size. I wrapped them in red and yellow electrical tape.
Finally I purchased a bag of rainbow coloured small fabric hair bobbles from PoundLand. I placed the appropriate coloured hair bobbles in each compartment. Our Rainbow Fine Motor Bus Bag was complete.
At first I let my son practise the fine motor skills needed in order to place the fabric hair bobble onto the cylinder. It took some practise but after a while he managed the activity independently.
My son then set about creating his own rainbows. First he made a rainbow by taking a hair bobble of each colour in turn and placing it onto the red cylinder
Next he used three hair bobbles from each colour and placed them on the yellow cylinder. This made a continuous rainbow.
The fun didn’t end once my son had finished making rainbows. Removing the colourful hair bobbles and sorting them back into the correct coloured compartment became and activity in itself. Once all the pieces are in the box simply pop the lid on and your Rainbow Fine Motor Busy Bag is ready to be played with again in the future.
More Rainbow Play
I hope you liked this fun rainbow themed play idea, to help develop fine motor skills and learn colours. For even more rainbow fun, why not try these!