This is an easy to make DIY busy bag.
Busy bags have educational toys / learning games that teach simple activities to toddlers and preschoolers.
All parts of the toy can be packed into a bag (usually a ziploc bag).
The main advantage of a busy bag is that it can be carried around easily. They keep the little ones busy (and quiet 😉 ) while waiting at a doctor’s office or airport. They are usually very inexpensive and easy to make.
How to make popsicle stick magnet craft
Popsicle sticks / craft sticks
Magnet sheets – Available at Walmart / Michaels.
Metal paper clips
Cut the magnet sheets into thin strips and stick them on 10 craft sticks.
Write numbers 1 to 10 using a marker. The toy is ready.
Pack in a ziploc bag and the toy is good to go.
Benefits of this toy
Children learn to count objects.
They will learn the relationship between numbers and quantities.
Improves fine motor skills when a paper clip is picked up (pincer grip) between the thumb and pointer or middle finger.
Improves hand eye coordination.
Children learn about magnets. Add a few plastic paper clips to the bag and they will find out that they don’t stick like metal paper clips.
(A word of caution: If your child has the habit of putting foreign objects into his mouth, this toy is not for him till he is older.)