- Self-contained. Something that you can grab and go, no added materials required. Great for home or on the go (doctor appointments, airplanes, restaraunts, etc)
- Convenient. No major set-up or clean-up required (no paint, liquids, sand, dirt, etc).
- Re-Usable. Should be able to play with many times without added materials, use lamination if needed.
- Inexpensive. Aim for under $1/bag to keep this budget-friendly (brainstorm about re-using materials you already have or recycling containers, etc).
- Easy to Make. Should not take hours to make.
- Toddler-appropriate. Avoid small choking hazards like tiny beads.
Each person will choose one activity and make 15-20 sets of that activity. I will update you with the exact number depending on how many kiddos we have, but will cap it at 20. If you have twins (or two toddlers) and want a duplicate set of busy bags, you should sign up to make two activities (or three if you want three full sets). Some activities use similar materials so you can make it easier on yourself if you like.
See below for a list of suggested activities. You can make one of these or feel free to google or Pinterest "busy bag ideas" and find your own. (As people sign up, I will cross out the activities that are already chosen)
I will host a dessert get-together for the swap (details to follow). If you can't make it that day, I'll make arrangements with you.
Want to join this swap?
Comment on this post with a) the number of complete busy bag sets you want and b) what activity/ies you will make and c) your email address.
Please comment to sign up by next Wednesday (February 1st). I will send you a confirmation email to give you the exact number of bags to make and other additional details. We will swap on or around February 15th.
5. Pool Noodle Stringing
7. Color Sorting Pipe Cleaners
8. Sponge Lacing (Marki)
10. Cupcake Magnetic Puzzle
12. Laminated Flip Book
17. Homemade Playdough'
Have additional questions? Feel free to email me.