Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Busy Bag Swap

I'm fairly new to this whole "busy bag" craze. Heard of it?

Here's a quick summary...

Busy Bags are basically a simple educational/learning activity for small children (ages 1-6 or 7) that will keep them busy for short periods of time when they otherwise might be antsy. All the different parts and pieces of the activity usually fit into a gallon size zippered bag… so that’s why they’re called “Busy Bags”.
Original content from Simple Organized Living

So what's a busy bag swap?

Basically, a bunch of mamas who all want A LOT of different busy bags but don't want to make them all! Kind of like a cookie swap or a meal swap, etc... Each person makes the SAME busy bag for the number of people that are participating in the swap. Make sense?

Well, I just got back from my swap tonight and BOY am I excited! I should also mention our target age range was from 18 months to 3 years old. And I gotta give a shout out to my friend Mary for organizing this swap...she did such a great job.

Check out all these fun activities that will entertain my kids for hours and hours and HOURS!!!

1. "I spy" bottle. Match the item in the bottle to the picture on the card. Great for car rides.

2. Colored pasta beads for sorting and making a necklace.

3. Caterpillar color matching and learning about patterns.

4. Clothesline with foam clothes.

5. Life size board game. (Hard to picture but the directions look really fun!)

6. Color match the clothespins to the teddy bears.

7. Build a face. (I made this one)

8. Build a cupcake.

9. Plastic sheets to create fun things using playdough.

10. Build a rainbow.

You can be as creative or simple as you like!

So put your boring crayons and coloring books away and have your own busy bag will be so glad you did. (So will your kids). 



  1. I may not be a mama, but that is seriously amazing! Great idea :)

    1. I know right?! Whoever came up with this whole concept is a serious genius. My kids literally spent most of the morning playing with their new busy bags and we've only had them for ONE day!

  2. they should do that for adults. one bag has cool nail polish, the next massage oil, the next a book. hours of entertainment. though i think i would enjoy playing with the paper head and the different hair even now. :)

    1. Oh that would be fun wouldn't it?! I did spend a good 10 minutes "helping" the kids play with the I spy bottle. :)


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