I can say as a parent of 6 children, some days keeping my little ones busy while I am working with the older kids can be crazy at best. We have started using workboxes and that has been working well, but there are still times that I need a quick activity or a few different activities for the little ones to choose from that keep them busy while I get some things done, or sometimes I just need extra ideas to add in our workboxes. I also will also have to admit that we do group science projects quite regularly, but some of the science projects for the upper grade kids just do not ever seem to get done as much as I would like.
What Did We Think Of Activity Bags?
I have to say that that I love Activity Bags, the activities found in the manuals are wonderful, fun, and educational for children and the directions are clear, simple, and use inexpensive items I already have around the house.
One thing that I found very useful is that they give you many options to choose how you will decide what activities you will use, they offer activities by materials, activities by skills learned, a brief overview and more.They also offer sections in the manuals that answer many of the questions you might ask while using or putting together your Activities In A Bag, and offer tips that will help make the task of filling the bags easier which is very useful to someone using the program for the first time.
I was pleased with the fact that they offer ideas on different materials you could use for the activity making the activities a very low cost option. They also gave buying tips at the end of each activity, telling you if they found any of the material needed for the particular activity somewhere for particularly cheap, helping once again to make these activities as low cost as possible!
The science experiments
that we tried were experiments that drew the kids in, and because they had a few different bags of experiments to choose from it let each of the kids choose what experiment they wanted to do, the kids were all doing experiments that looked interesting to them. This is something that is great for us since we usually just do 1 group experiment together, it has given the boys a choice to explore what is most interesting to them. Many of the experiments are ones that can be done independently there are a couple they suggest parent supervision, and I agree with that. An example is that in one of the experiments you need to use a lighter and that is something I wouldn't want my children using without adult supervision.
The Preschool activities
that we tried were all engaging and fun, both Ethan and Gabe really enjoyed using them and often pull out one of their activity bags and use them. I was pleased as to the amount of different essential skills rolled into each of the bags and was also I was pleased to find out that they learn to use and also take care of the bags independently and the answers are self correcting, so they can use them while I am working on school with the older kids with minimal help from me.
The activities that are in each of the bags could be useful for many things like bringing on longer car rides, sitting in restaurants, waiting in the doctors office, or really anytime your child needs something to keep them busy. I think it is such a better alternative then handing them some type of technology.
We have stored some of our preschool activity bags
in a crate in our dining room, and I also am putting some of them into Ethan's daily workboxes, I put a few in each box so he has a choice on what one he wants to work on for the day. Each of the bags has enough in them for kids to use the activity a few different times so if they find an activity the especially love they can do it over and over without having to waiting for more of that activities to be put together.
I plan on purchasing more of the Activity Bags sets, to have available for the kids to use whenever they want and also to add some to our workboxes. In the future I would like to plan a swap with other moms in the area, I think it would not only be a great way to get all your bags made easier and it would also be a great way to meet other moms in your area!
I would recommend Activity Bags
to all parents, teachers, baby sitters, school co-ops, and anyone who has or works with children. These activities are a wonderful learning alternative for kids that gets them off the couch and gets them involved in fun learning activities ranging from preschool activities to Chemistry! We will be continuing to use Activity Bags for quite a while I'm sure!
What is The Cost Of Activity Bags?
Science Experiment Bags 1, 2, & 3
$ 15.00 individually and
$ 39.00 Science Experiment Bags 1, 2, and 3 bundle.
Preschool Activity Bags
$ 15.00 Individually.
$ 27.00 Preschool activity bags 1 and 2 bundle.
Preschool Activity Bags 1 and Science Experiments 1 Bundle
Activity Bags is offering a FREE E-Sampler
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Activity Bags also has a couple o ther products available that our crew members were able review as well Math Games Activity Bags, Travel Games In A Binder, and Reading Games Activity Bags. Stop over and check some of them out!
Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received the products listed above at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest opinion of the product no other compensation was given. All opinions are the honest opinions of my children or myself.