Thursday, February 5, 2015

Busy Bag: Clothespin Counting

It's been a while since I made a new busy bag. But I have several ideas still swimming around in my head that I've just not had the time and/or energy to sit down and make. However, Thursday Kit was sick, and had moments of the day where she was feeling more mellow, so I took advantage of one of those interludes to put this Busy Bag together.

I call it Clothespin Counting, but there is a lot more happening in this little bag than just counting.

First, I outlined some shapes on construction paper and cut them out. Next, i used a permanent marker to write numbers, starting with one in one corner and then progressing clockwise. On the back, I wrote the name of each shape. On the circle, I numbered it like a clock. Then I laminated the shapes.

Next, I selected 12 clothespins and wrote a number on each one, 1-12.

When we sat down to play with them together, we first talked about the shapes, and identified each one. Then I showed Kit how each number matched up with the numbers on the shapes.

She pretty much took it from there... 

She loves it. I love it. Win, win!


  1. Very clever! I love how she holds her pinky up in a decidedly "British" fashion as she intently focuses on her task. ��

  2. Always have such good ideas! And enough busy bags to vary the interest!

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    1. Thanks! I can't take full credit as it was an idea I modified from Pinterest. But I'm glad you like it!

  4. That is very neat! I would be starting to make my own right now if I wasn't too busy trying to blog while hollering at kids to quit saying 'poop' right now!
    Coming to you from #ManicMondays blog hop!

    1. Oh my goodness, I so understand the telling kids to quit saying "poop" thing. Or "fart". Or making armpit burps. Doesn't help that half the time their daddy is instigating these grody fests!

  5. Very creative. Thanks for the tips as I'm going to try this with my daughter. Thanks for sharing on blog hop.