Sunday, 20 January 2013

Busy Bag: DIY Duplo Instruction Booklet


I am always on the lookout for Busy Bag ideas, as I want to cut down on technological babysitting when we're out and about. (And sometimes I want to use the gadget myself.)

I had seen this idea on Pinterest previously, and wanted to make something similar for the Little Man, do that he could develop the skill of following patterns and instruction (visually). I held back as I was not sure if he was ready for it. However, he beat me to it by copying the picture on the box of his building blocks.

Since it is obvious that he is ready, I took some of his Duplo pieces, assembled them in various combinations and photographed them. I then printed them out in colour, mounted them onto some cardstock and laminated them. Next, I punched holes in the cards and bound them with treasury strings. I made two different sets, and put each set, with the corresponding blocks, into zip-top bags. Only one set is pictured here.

I had included some simpler combinations with fewer blocks, but he completely bypassed them and went straight for the combinations that used all the blocks.

As I intended for these to be busy bags, I did not print them life-sized (my bag is already big and full enough as it is). However, when the Little Man was assembling the combinations, I noticed that he often placed the Duplo pieces directly on top of the picture to compare them. But as the picture is smaller than the actual pieces, they often obscured it. In the end, it did not prevent him from completing the task, nor did it frustrate him in any way whatsoever. But, it is something you might want to take into consideration.

He was very interested in it when I first presented it to him and immediately chose a picture to follow. He made three combinations before he was willing to start his bedtime routine after a long day.

Age: 2.5 years

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