Recently a group of friends and I did a Busy Bag swap. Busy bags are simple activities for toddlers and preschoolers that can be stored in a zip bag for them to take out and stay ‘busy’. At first, I wasn’t all that excited about making them, not because I don’t like the idea–I do, but because I grumble when it comes to putting the time into making things for the kids (crafting while children around = horribleness) and I tend to fear that if after I finally make whatever I make they (the boys) will just destroy or lose it or use it to fight or hurt each other.
But everyone else in the group was doing it for me and all of us so I clenched my teeth, said a prayer that God would this work and time as an offering for the mothers in the group, and set to work. And guess what–it turned out just fine! The kids weren’t as obnoxious as I feared and they even really helped make our fish activity. And now, after receiving the other bags, we have 14 bags of activities to help the kids stay busy while learning and having fun too! And now that it’s all done, I am very thankful for my friend Elizabeth who initiated this and helped me stop the whining, get off my lazy bum, and finally make something fun and educational for my children. I am glad now that we’ll have these. (although, as predicted, currently as I type this older daugher and ‘middle’ son are fighting about who gets to catch with fish)
I made the felt fishing game. (Pictures below). If you have a group of friends or belong to a mom’s group of some sort, this is a great idea to do this together so you don’t have to make them all yourself!
Here’s a list of the other activities we received from the swap:
Sorting/matching/lacing activity with buttons. (just get buttons of various sizes and colors and string and keep them in baggies or little boxes)