Saturday, February 23, 2013

Busy Bag Ideas

In the fall, I participated in a Busy Bag Swap with several other moms in my area. Basically, a busy bag is a self-contained activity for young children, packaged in a resealable bag. When you participate in a swap, each mom makes XX number of her activity (equal to the number of participants). Then, one day the goodies are swapped, and each person goes home with a variety of new fun activities for their children. Busy bags aim for children to learn fine motor skills, to recognize colors/shapes/letters, and to encourage independent play. There are TONS of ideas available on the internet, many more than what I have linked below. I am coordinating another local busy bag swap hopefully to be completed before Fuller arrives, so the littler Finnlings can have fun activities to keep them occupied while Mommy is nursing :-) If you've participated in a busy bag swap, I'd love to hear what your favorite activity was! The youngest Finnling LOVES Pom Pom Push It In, while Finnling #2 enjoys the Playdough Activity Mat. Even though G is a little older than most of the target ages for busy bags, she enjoys playing with several of the activities we received.  

**If you are local to Wake Forest, and want to participate, let me know!! I'd love to have you join us.**

Play Dough Busy Bag Ideas

Pasta Pictures Busy Bag

Pinchers and Pom Poms

Pool Noodle Stringing

Foam Lacing Cards

Shape Silhouette Match-Up (print and laminate both pages. Cut out colored shapes and have kids match to outlines)

Pop the Popsicle

Build Your Own Cupcake

Pom Pom Stuff-It-In

Felt Fishing

Sticky Pipe Cleaners

Butterfly Symmetry Busy Bag

Button Snake

Dry Erase Busy Bag Ideas

Counting Cards

Clothesline Busy Bag

Build a Letter

Foam Shapes

Craft Stick Busy Bag Ideas

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