Busy Bags - Large Nuts and Bolts - Fine Motor Montessori Activity for Toddlers 18M and up
I have different nuts and bolts sets available including plastic and wood options.
Option 1 - 4 sets of plastic nuts and bolts in mixed colors. You get 4 nuts and 4 bolts. (colors selected at random, 1 nut and 1 bolt for each of the 4 colors, so 8 pieces total) OR you can select
Option 2 - all 6 colors of plastic nuts and bolts (12 pieces total)
Option 3 - 4 wooden nuts and bolts pairs with 2 wooden boards (10 pieces total)
What they are learning WHILE having fun:
- Hand/Eye coordination - Being able to line up and place the nuts on the bolts and the bolts through the holes.
- Color recognition – Kids need to recognize the differences in the colors in order to place the nut on the matching bolt.
- Fine motor - Practicing using fine motor pincer grasp in order to manipulate the bolts. Builds hand muscles and dexterity which are essential for a proper pencil grasp.
Curious Minds Busy Bags is dedicated to developing original kid-friendly learning activities for children to explore while building essential skills needed for school success. Parents, early childhood teachers and occupational therapists trust my learning activities in their home, school or homeschool classrooms. They are classroom-quality educational toys that promote independent play that builds essential skills. My activities are perfect for toddlers and preschoolers and beneficial for individual who have special needs that need to be developed such as those with autism, sensory processing or dementia. My learning games and sensory toys have been enjoyed by children in daycares, Montessori schools, and early intervention classrooms!
These bags contain small parts that may not be appropriate for children under the age of 3. Adult supervision is required.
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HOW AND WHEN DO YOU USE BUSY BAGS?
-- My personal favorite way to use busy bags is to have a quick “in case of an emergency” distraction for mischievous toddlers. Any time my twin boys are getting a little reckless and needing a change of pace I pull out an activity for an immediate distraction from the behavior. Playing and learning with an activity is a lot more fun for both parents and children than being frustrated and disciplined. Let them focus on play instead of bad behavior and you can sit down and relax and watch their little minds at work!
-- Parents, do you need a little time to make a phone call without a toddler hanging on you? Do you need to cook dinner…..or feed the new baby? My learning activities keep children actively engaged in a healthy activity while you cook or do other tasks. My boys love to “play something at the table” while we cook. We get out their trays and an activity and they are happy!
-- Do you have a longer than expected wait while waiting at a restaurant or doctor’s office? Busy bags are portable and make a great quiet activity for when your toddlers are having a difficult time sitting still and being quiet. Parents often find these games perfect for quiet activities at church or out and about.
-- Do you need a quiet activity to engage your older child while your baby naps? Or perhaps you need a quiet activity for quiet time when your preschooler gives up naps? Parents also use busy bags to give to younger children while the parent is giving a lesson to the older homeschooled child. -- Teachers use these activities in learning centers or for children who finish their work early and need a quiet activity.
-- Did your child’s early intervention teacher or occupational therapist recommend you work on certain skills with your child? My learning games are perfect therapy toys.
-- Are you unexpectedly stuck inside due to a snow day or rainy weather?
-- Are you traveling or vacationing? Many busy bags are perfect for on the go fun and travel to keep kids entertained in the car or airplane.
Busy bags make great birthday presents for your child or their friends. They are perfect for big brother or sister gifts or for those who are having a new baby with a toddler in the house.