Thursday, May 31, 2012

Busy Bags

Busy bag (n.): A ziploc bag containing an activity for your child to enjoy either with you or on their own. It is a form of creative occupation. It may be educational or may not. (via Swapper)

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)...

Self-contained.
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.)

Transportable.
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.

Convenient.
None of the bags will have supplies that require major set-up or clean-up: (no paint, watercolors, liquids, sand, dirt, etc.)

Inexpensive. 

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!

Re-usable.  

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.
Memory Game
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.

Play-doh Mats
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!

3 comments:

  1. That Play Doh mat idea is genius!!!!!!!!

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  2. I need to do some busy bags! My kids never stay busy long enough though. Still going to try them!

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  3. ooh this stuff is awesome! I hope I make some time to do these some day! or better yet, maybe I can get my mom, who's a teacher, to do them for me =)

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