Yesterday morning was a fun morning at our house. There was no power, for about 7 hours. Usually I would think this would be a good excuse to sleep in and enjoy the day but I had kids to get off to school and things to do around the house. Needless to say my morning did not go as planned. I did get the kids to school, not knowing whether they would be returned to me later and mowed the lawn at 8 o’clock in the morning. That was epic! But then my 4 and almost 2-year-old wondered what to do, which is funny since the only thing I needed power for was my treadmill and shower.
Then I remembered that I had signed up for to share Toddler Busy Bags with some other moms a year ago. I had received the package, opened it, let my kids mess with some of the things in it then put it up in a closet to be forgotten about. Let me just say these things are so great for kids ages 2-5. There are some amazing ideas on Pinterest for Busy Bags. When I signed up to do it the idea was to put together two different Busy Bags that cost under $1 and put it in a gallon size bag with the instructions. Some of the things that came in the box are great learning tools and can really help younger children learn their colors and shapes. Also, they work extremely well for hand/eye coordination. For example, my 2-year-old especially loved putting plastic toothpicks in a toothpick holder. If you have kids that aren’t quite old enough for school, Busy Bags are a great way to pass the time all while having fun. Here are some ideas that came in my box that my kids loved:
Heads and Tails – This one I love. It’s so good for learning colors, animals and identifying heads and tails. This website also has a counting Busy Bag that I have. I LOVE IT!
Potato Head Activity: This one has all the pieces laminated so that your little one can play with Mr. Potato Head.
Egg Match Up
ABC Road Trip
One of my kid’s favorite Busy Bags was an Altoid box turned into a fishing pond. A wooden dowel was cut to fit in it and it has a string attached to it with a magnet at the end covered in duct tape. The fish were made out of felt with a paperclip in it and the kids could go fishing. ADORABLE!
These are just some ideas for Busy Bags. They are so easy to put together and a great way to help the little ones left at home to pass the time while the older siblings are at school. If you have other ideas for helping toddlers learn and grow please share them with us. We’d love to hear from you.