Brilliant, huh? Genius idea to take convenient, portable activities with you and your kids to restaurants, etc.? Oh yeah. Well, sadly, I had never heard of them until recently. I had the opportunity to participate in a Busy Bag Swap Party recently and it was a blast! Not only did I get time with some great ladies, but Mae and Deac came away with some super fun activities to keep them entertained.
Some busy bag guidelines (via my sister-in-law)...
This way, you can just grab a bag and GO! (without having to add a number of supplies to the bag in order to make it useful.)
Yes, they will definitely be used at home, but you want to be able to grab a few bags to take to a restaurant, a waiting room, plane trips, car rides, etc.
None of the bags will have supplies that require major set-up or clean-up: (no paint, watercolors, liquids, sand, dirt, etc.)
Don't spend the world on this project! This needs to be affordable. The aim to is spend around $1 per bag you make.
Easy to Make.
We are busy in our lives. We don't want to spend days and days making these bags!
These activities should last a while. Therefore, we avoid activities where you would have to buy new supplies to re-stock the bag. This is why lamination is important for some of the activities.
Here are a few fun, busy bags that we got!
|Feed Me |
Different items could be put into the container's "mouth" with tweezers.
A closet rod was sliced into pieces and felt/foam pictures were glued on.
|Word Nuts and Bolts|
Stick-on letters were put all around nuts and placed on a bolt to create multiple words.
Activity sheets can be laminated or put into page protectors with a tub of play-doh.
Let me know if you create any easy, fun busy bags! I'm hoping to collect more soon! Enjoy!