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Monday, October 29, 2012

Activity Bags TOS Review

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"Where fun and education fit in the same bag." 

We received 4 products to review:

Science Experiments In a Bag - eBook 1 -  $15.00
Recommended for ages K-8'th grade.
There are 25 experiments in this e-book.

Science Experiments In a Bag - eBook 2  -  $15.00
Recommended for ages K-8'th grade.
There are 25 experiments in this e-book.

* Save $3.00 on the bundle of eBooks 1 & 2 for $27.00! *

Science Experiments In a Bag - eBook 3  -  $15.00
Recommended for ages K-8'th gradeThere are 25 experiments in this e-book.

* Save $6.00 on the bundle of eBooks 1, 2 & 3 for $39.00! *

Math Games In a Bag - eBook  -  $15.00
Recommended for elementary ages.  There are 33 math games in this e-book.

What are Activities In a Bag? -
These are fun, educational activities made up for your child and homeschool.  They can be done while you help an older student with their work or they can be done by the student alone (if age appropriate). They come in pdf form / eBook.  You print out what is needed for your family.  Each activity has a list of things needed (simple household or homeschool things), instructions on how to do the activity, and an answer key.  These are very easy to use and you can place them in a binder or folder to use later if needed.

Included in each activity are instructions on how to conduct a "swap".  This is where you put together each activity in their own individual baggies with their own instructions.  Then you swap them with your friends.  We didn't participate in a swap, although I think it is a wonderful ideaThis would be great for a co-op setting with lots of families with different age groups of children! 

My son (who is 9 yrs. old) is using these activities 3 days a week with his science and math.  Each of these days we look through our folder, that contains all the activities that I printed out previously, and I let him pick a science experiment and 2 or 3 math games to play.  

In the picture above, my son is playing a math game with dice.  He rolls 3 dice and places each number is the correct place value on his worksheet.

In this picture above, he made a "Geodesic Design" out of toothpicks and mini-marshmallows.  We learned how the Epcot Center (in Disney World) is made of several triangles to create the dome shapeWe researched the engineer, Buckminster Fuller, who was famous for making these 'dome' structures.
In this picture, the math activity is to cut all the different times out and place them in a pile.  The child (or children) take turns picking from the pile and then move the hands of the clock to that time.  We improvised a bit by flipping a penny onto the time sheets.  It was really fun!  These games are easy to 'tweek' to your style, which we love.
This company also offers Reading and Travel Activities In a Bag.  You can view examples of their products on their website.

What I thought -
This worked out really well for us.  'Life' sometimes invades our homeschooling day.  This is really nice to have at our fingertips so when mom can't seem to fit 'school' in our normal lesson plans or we have an unexpected trip to take (like to the doctor's office) this is easy to grab and go!  My son enjoys playing games and doing the experiments instead of the same curriculum day after day.  It really brakes up our normal school week and we like the change.  We will continue using these activities until we have finished them all.   

I would recommend these to anyone of any age!  Great hands-on fun! 

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.

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1 comment:

  1. Greetings,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful reveiw of the Activities in a Bag products. Would it be okay if I used some of your pictures on our website?? I would give credit to your blog of course, but wanted to ask first.

    Thanks again,

    Sherri MacLean