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Time for the next installment of “Our Homeschool Day”! Are you excited?! I know I am. I really enjoyed sharing our morning calendar board with you. Next up, busy binders.
Our busy binders have been an ever evolving part of our learning world. It started off as only one binder with a handful of fun Pinterest finds. It was the busy binders that inspired me to start making our own activities. I caught busy binder fever if you will. *giggle snort* Judge my nerdiness if you like but these busy binders are a favorite of Squeaks. On days when we’re not really scheduled to “play school” or I don’t have enough pre-planned activities for my hungry learners, busy binders save the day. Now our one little binder has grown into two; one for ABC’s and color activities, and another for numbers and shapes activities. They’re both awesome and still full of mostly Pinterest finds but I’m slowly adding my own designs as well. I’m excited to share links to all the fun!
Lets start with the “ABC’s and Colors” binder:
1. Tucked into the front inside cover pocket are these cool tangram alphabet printables. I downloaded the whole alphabet but only printed out and laminated the letters for Squeaks’ first name. In the zipper pocket up front are multi color pompoms and kids jumbo tweezers (both purchased at the dollar store). We use these for counting, sorting colors, and fine motor skills.
2. This is one super awesome color matching wheel. Just add clothes pins.
3. Pocket three is completely custom by yours truly. These are a variety of first name activities for Squeaks. No printables for this one but here’s my inspiration of the ones I made.
4. Another custom pocket. Alphabet fishing! I cut out multicolored fish on my Cricut and wrote a letter on each one. Then I attached a metal paperclip to each fish. A small piece of dowel rod, string and a magnet make a fishing pole to pick up the fish. Cute, no?!
5. Gotta love Target dollar spot during back to school season. Picked up these fun alphabet puzzles and punched holes directly in the packaging so I could store them in the binder.
6. Lastly, in the back cover pocket are the alphabet tracing and beginning sounds pages from this post. Just pop them in a clear dry-erase pocket and learn on.
Now for the “Numbers and Shapes” binder:
2. I love these oversized number flash cards. We use them as play dough mats, either counting out play dough balls for each card or “tracing” each number in play dough. I could not for the life of me find the exact site I printed these from, but type “play dough number mat” into Pinterest and you’re options are nearly endless. This pocket also holds our stack of lego sequence cards and our dice for the Roll It game.
3. Next up, snap cubes! I love these things! I have oversized cards to show how to make numbers 1-10 with cubes and some more sequence cards. These snap cubes are also great for keeping Little Dude busy during big sisters lessons.
4. This Bugs In A Jar game is one of Squeaks favorites and it’s such a simple idea. We use the same dice from pocket #2 to roll and count out the number of bugs for the jar. That’s it! Doesn’t get any easier. I’m sure you could come up with variations on this but we like to keep it simple.
5. This pocket holds my number matching wheel. Squeaks was having trouble matching the written numbers with the counted number. This wheel has helped tons. I will be making another one with numbers 11-20 soon.
6. My shape matching game is one of the first activities I ever made. Each shape is matched to the laminated sheet underneath using velcro dots. It remains a favorite because toddlers and velcro…it’s like cat-nip.
7. Lastly some fun numbers and shapes puzzles, and clip cards from the cornucopia that is the Target dollar spot. Again, I just punched holes directly into the packaging to store them in the binder.
Yikes that’s a lot of links! We really do love these busy binders though and hope you do too. If you’d like to start your own, I offer a numbers and shapes starter bundle complete with binder cover on my Etsy shop.
So what kind of activities would you add to your busy binders?