Buddy Bags

Take Home Bag Program for Pre-K and Kindergarten via www.pre-kpages.com

Ideas for implementing a take-home bag program in your preschool, Pre-K, Head Start, or Kindergarten classroom. Ideas and free printables for creating math, science, and literacy take-home bags.

What are Buddy Bags? Buddy Bags are designed to be fun and informative ways for families to share literacy and learning experiences at home.  A Book Buddy is a stuffed animal or character that goes home in a special backpack with one student along with books and activities.  Watch the slide show above to see the pictures of Buddy Bags and activities.

One Buddy Bag is sent home with the “leader” each day.  The bags are distributed on a rotating basis so each child will have a turn numerous times throughout the school year. Families will read the book(s), participate in the activities, and write in the journal. The Buddy Bag is to be returned to school the next day.

How do you keep track of the Buddy Bags? The Buddy Bags go home with the leader of the day in each class. Since I have both AM and PM classes there are 2 bags checked out each night, one from each class.

Where do you get the clear backpacks? The clear backpacks are from Lakeshore. I have been using the clear backpacks for a number of years and they hold up very well; they are “kid size”, inexpensive, and clean up easily.

What items do you include in the Buddy Bags? I have listed the contents of each bag for you below.

How do you explain everything to the parents? I start by having parents sign a contract to participate in the Buddy Bag program. Inside each bag there is a note that is printed on cardstock and laminated that explains what is in the bag and how to use it. See the resources section at the bottom of this page to print the note.

Where do you get the stuffed animals or characters for the buddy bags? All of the items in the bags are things that I have collected from various stores over the years. Whenever I see something I think would be good for a backpack I grab it!

Bag #1 Chicka Chicka
Contents

  • Chicka Chicka book
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chicka Chicka recorded on iPod

Bag #2 Three Little Kittens
Contents:

  • Kitten Beanies
  • Three Little Kittens book
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Three Little Kittens recorded on iPod

Bag #3 Gingerbread Man
Contents:

  • Stuffed Gingerbread Man
  • The Gingerbread Man book
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Gingerbread Man story sequencing activity
  • The Gingerbread Man recorded on iPod

Bag #4 Hey Diddle Diddle
Contents:

  • Stuffed Hey Diddle “plush pal” Doll
  • Hey Diddle Diddle book
  • Hey Diddle Diddle puzzle
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Hey Diddle Diddle recorded on iPod

Bag #5 Humpty Dumpty
Contents:

  • Stuffed Humpty Dumpty Doll
  • Humpty Dumpty book
  • Humpty Dumpty puzzle
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Humpty Dumpty recorded on iPod

Bag #6 Jack and Jill
Contents:

  • Stuffed Jack and Jill Dolls
  • Jack and Jill book
  • Jack and Jill puzzle
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Jack and Jill recorded on iPod

Bag #7 Little Miss Muffet
Contents:

  • Little Miss Muffet “plush pal” doll
  • LMM book
  • LMM puzzle
  • LMM recorded on iPod
  • Instruction sheet
  • Parent Journal

Bag # 8  Brown Bear
Contents:

  • Stuffed brown bear
  • Brown Bear book
  • Parent Journal
  • Class made book “Pre-K, Pre-K, What Do You See?”
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Brown Bear recorded on iPod

Bag #9  Happy Birthday
Contents:

  • Stuffed Birthday Bear
  • Happy Birthday Moon book
  • Happy birthday recorded on iPod
  • Instruction sheet
  • Birthday Journal

Bag #10 Clifford

Contents:

  • Stuffed Clifford
  • Clifford book
  • Clifford’s Journal
  • Clifford’s bowl, leash, and blanket
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Clifford story recorded on iPod

Bag #11 Fire Fighter
Contents:

  • Stuffed firefighter dog
  • Firefighter/safety books
  • Parent Journal
  • Fire safety tips sheet
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Fire truck cards w/numbers 1-10 for putting in order.
  • Fire safety stories and songs recorded on iPod

Bag #12 Goodnight Moon
Contents:

  • Stuffed Goodnight Moon Bunny
  • Goodnight Moon & Kiss Goodnight books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Goodnight Moon recorded on iPod w/lullabies

Bag #13 Wonderful World
Contents:

  • Stuffed multicultural dolls
  • What a Wonderful World & What is Your Language? books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • What a Wonderful World story and song recorded on iPod

Bag #14 I Love to Read
Contents:

  • Stuffed reading bunny
  • I Can Read! & Curious George Goes to the Library books
  • Parent Journal
  • Environmental Print sheet
  • Environmental Print memory game
  • Instruction Sheet
  • I Can Read! story recorded on iPod

Bag # 15 Butterfly
Contents:

  • Butterfly Beanie
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Caterpillar life cycle books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar story recorded on iPod

Bag  #16 No David!
Contents:

  • David Doll
  • Special No David! backpack
  • No David! and David Gets in Trouble books
  • The Adventures of David notebook
  • Instruction Sheet
  • No David! story recorded on iPod

Bag # 17 Plants & Seeds
Contents:

  • 2 Plant/Seed books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • 3 part seed sequencing activity
  • Plant/Seed stories recorded on iPod

Bag #18 Seasons
Contents:

  • 2 seasons books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Seasons sorting game (Lakeshore)
  • Seasons stories and songs recorded on iPod

Bag #19 Weather
Contents:

  • 3 weather books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Magnetic weather game
  • Weather cassette tape & tape player

Bag #20 Transportation
Contents:

  • 2 Transportation books
  • Parent Journal
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Transportation counters
  • Transportation sorting, graphing, and patterning mats
  • Transportation stories and songs recorded on iPod
  • Transportation pictures

Bag #21 Farm
Contents:

  • Big Red Barn book
  • Parent Journal
  • Plush cow (sings Old MacDonald song)
  • Chicken Beanie
  • Instruction Sheet
  • Farm Puzzle
  • Magnetic farm playset
  • Farm stories and songs recorded on iPod

Buddy Bag Printables

Backpack Note
backpack note

Buddy Bag Contract
buddy bag contract

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Buddy Bag Resources

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