Preschool Activity Bags & Science Activity Bags {TOS #homeschool Review}

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 Activity Bags was dreamed up by two homeschooling moms that were looking for a way to keep their preschoolers occupied independently while they helped their older kids with their school work.

The two friends initially planned to make the bags between their two families to help one another out, but then decided that it would be fun to get several other moms involved.  When word first spread about the activity bag idea, they had 25 moms willing to participate in a swap – but not that many projects to create.  The two moms, Paula and Sherri, brainstormed some more activities, and their first swap was born.

Each of the participating moms was responsible for putting together the pieces for 1 activity 25 times.  They then got together and swapped the bags so that each family went home with 25 different activities.

From there, the idea grew and now Paula and Sherri have a website that sells not only Preschool Activities in a bag, but also Science Experiments, Math Activities, Reading Activities and more.

Our family was blessed with the opportunity to review both the Preschool Activities in a Bag (volume 1 & 2) ebooks and the Science Activities in a Bag (volumes 1, 2 & 3) ebooks.

Each book comes with instructions for how to coordinate an Activity Bags swap and includes:

  •  printable labels to put into the Activity bags
  • a list of supplies that the person making the bags provides
  • a list of supplies that the families need to have on hand to complete the activity (most items are things that you would already have on hand)
  • instructions for each activity
  • printable sheets as needed {the science bag has a printable activity log for each experiment}

 

The Preschool Activity bags ebooks comes with a list of all the activity and which skills those activities help with.

 How We Used Them

I’ll be honest, I was a little bit overwhelmed when I first started paging through these PDFs.

I’m the type of gal that does best if I can hold something in my hands and look at it, so I ended up creating a binder with all 5 books in it.

I 3-hole-punched some tabbed manila folders to act as my separators.

My favorite feature that ALL of the ebooks has is an “At a Glance” section where all of the activities are laid out with a summary of the activity and the supplies needed.  This section gave me just the amount of visual layout that I needed to wrap my brain around all of the possible activities and plan out what we would be doing next.

Here are a few of the experiments that we enjoyed:

Can Crusher

Geodesic Designs

Alpha Spoons

The Preschool Activity Bag ideas are especially helpful so that my little one has some things to keep her occupied on the days that she and I go to work together.  She loves having a “job” to do, and I love that she can be somewhat self-sufficient ~ especially on the days that I have a big project that I need to do!

My kiddos and I LOVE doing Science experiments together, but it can be a pain to try to track some good ones down, and then try to gather all of the necessary materials.

I love that with these ebooks I have a whole bunch of great experiments in one place, and most of them are very easy to assemble.  If you’ve been around here for a while, you’ll know that a lot of times while I’m preparing something for the kiddos, my boy is jumping ahead of me and doing his own thing (which can be VERY frustrating sometimes!).

The Science Experiments in a Bag encourages me to prepare the experiments ahead of time, and then I don’t have to scramble around to get things set up while he gets into things.  🙂

Who Can Use Them

For the purpose of this review, we just did the activities within our family.  HOWEVER, I’m getting a ton of great ideas for coordinating a swap either through our MOPs group or even through our local library (I’ve got the gears turning for this one….I think it could be a lot of fun!).

I was reading one of the testimonials in the beginning of these ebooks, and one of the people that wrote in said that their daughter prepared these bags to go babysitting!  {I wish I had that idea back when I used to babysit as a teenager!}

Some other suggestions that they have for the Preschool activities in a bag are:

  • Grandma & Grandpa’s house
  • Church nurseries
  • Doctor’s office waiting rooms

I think these would be great to have in the Children’s room at the library, too ~ either for families to check out, or to play with while the parents are looking for books.

Of course, you don’t have to homeschool to use these ebooks.  I’ve found that lots of parents are searching for ideas to keep kids occupied during summer break, holidays, snow days and even sick days.

Have some of these ready-made bags on hand, and just pull them out when you need them!  {Just be aware that most of the Science Activities need adult help/supervision}.  A Science Experiments swap would be a great idea just before the end of the school year, especially if you can coordinate with the other families in your child’s class!

How to Get Them

The Preschool Activities in a bag are designed for ages 3-6.

 They can be purchased for:

Preschool Activities in a Bag ebook 1 – $15.00

Preschool Activities in a Bag ebook 2 – $15.00

Buy Preschool Activities 1 & 2 together for $27.00.

The Science Experiments in a bag is designed for kids in grades K-8 (though some of them can be used with preschoolers, as well if you have kids of multiple ages).

These can be purchased for:

Science Experiments in a Bag ebook 1 – $15.00

Science Experiments in a Bag ebook 2 – $15.00

 Science Experiments in a Bag ebook 3 – $15.00

Bundle options:

Science Experiments in a Bag 1 & 2 -$27.00

Science Experiments in a Bag 1, 2 & 3 – $39.00

 

Try It Before You Buy It

You can receive an Activity Bags ebook sampler by filling out a quick survey!

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the Preschool Activity Bags 1 & 2 and Science Experiments in a Bag 1, 2 & 3 ebooks in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. No monetary compensation was received.