Like most moms of young children, I am famous for pinning hundreds of ideas and activities on pinterest for my child, and following through with about two of them. While going through my boards recently in an effort to come up with some new, easy at home activities, I was reminded of busy bags! The best way to describe a busy bag if you've never heard of it, is a self contained educational toy. It's essentially a bag that has a small activity in it that will engage a toddler's attention and stimulate their mind and probably their little fingers too. It can be great for traveling, when you need to cook dinner, when you're caring for another child....if you do a quick search for busy bags on pinterest, you will find thousands and thousands of results!
As I looked through the many busy bag ideas on pinterest, it occurred to me how much easier it would be to make and shop for just ONE bag, instead of many bags. So I emailed some of my mommy friends to see if they'd be interested in a busy bag swap. We had eight toddlers in our group, so we each picked one project, and made eight bags of that one project. This past Monday, we got together at Allie's house and exchanged them all, and then we came home with seven new bags + the one bag we had made for ourselves.
Here are all of the bags we brought home with us! M has actually only played with a few of them since Monday, but so far, each one has kept her attention for ten minutes or longer which is nothing short of a miracle these days!
As you can see from each picture above, none of these are that complicated. In fact, most are quite basic and cost close to nothing to make. We were talking at our play date on Monday when we exchanged bags about how we could do this again in a few months with all new activities. There are so many great ideas out there!
Now I need to to figure out how I want to store all the bags. I'm thinking some sort of rubbermaid box or maybe even a filing folder? Any other ideas?