Since I was on a busy bag making binge, I made this one up at the same time. I’m trying to build up my stash so that I have lots of activities ready for my preschooler when she is ready to use them. She needs a lot of repetition of the same exact activity to really keep it in her mind. This rainbow counting to 5 busy bag is full of fun colors and was apparently so exciting that she felt the need to play with it while I put it together!

– Life Over C's rainbow count to five busy bag with pom poms and cupcake liners

Recommended Grade Level:

Rainbow Numbers to 5 Busy Bag Supplies:

  • Muffin Liners
  • Pom-Poms
  • Number Manipulatives (Magnets, Wooden, etc.)

I absolutely love easy busy bags and this is no exception. This only took a couple minutes to put together and we can play with it multiple times as her skill level changes and increases.

To use the Counting to Five busy bag:

You can use this bag many ways depending on your child’s skill level and the need for a challenge. For Shiloh, despite the fact that she is almost four, I set the activity up for her and she dropped pom poms into the cupcake liners while I counter for her.

You could also have your child put the numbers in the correct order and then put in the correct number of pom poms. Or put all the numbers out, except one and have your child figure out which one is missing.

For added fun, you can talk about the different colors that you see. It’s not really math related, but I use every opportunity that I can to reinforce skills that we are working on. Learning colors and counting to 5  are our big goals for this year.  (That, and learning to say her name…)

You can use this to brighten up a dreary winter day! The colors can’t help, but bring a smile to your face!

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– Life Over C's rainbow count to five busy bag with pom poms and cupcake liners
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Kim Staten Owner and Curriculum Designer
Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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