Christmas Activities for kids can be FUN and Educational. This busy bag was made in less than 15 minutes and provided my son with a hands-on phonemic awareness activity for identifying the sounds in words. This Christmas learning activity would also work well as a literacy station in a preschool, pre-K, or kindergarten classroom.
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Christmas Activity Phonemic Awareness Busy Bag
Elkonin boxes “help students build phonological awareness by segmenting words into sounds or syllables.” – Reading Rockets
Christmas Elkonin Box Printable
Drawstring Bag (we made ours with ribbon and material)
How to Assemble the Christmas Activity Busy Bag
1. Print the Christmas Elconin Box printable out on card stock paper
3. Say the name of the image slowly to your child. Encourage them to repeat and point to the picture as you name the objects. It is important to name the object with three phonemes (sounds).
Bow (2 sounds)
Direction to Play the Phonemic Awareness Christmas Activity
- Say the word slowly. Talk to your child about the sounds in the word. The word HAT for example has the sounds [H] [A] [T].
- Demonstrate how to push one button into the box for each sound said [H] [A] [T].
- Direct the child to slide one button into the box as they say each sound in the word [H] [A] [T].
- Repeat for each word card.
- Close up the bag when complete.
- Use again the next day.
These learning busy bags are great for taking to the park, learning outside, even bringing to a friends house for a playdate.
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An Early Reader Christmas Busy Bag // The Educators’ Spin on It
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