Busy Bags

Inspired by this, I sat down last night and started making ‘busy bags’ or bags of activities for kids. I started with this, and ended up with this:

Some of them are really simple little activities (like the ‘Body and Blood’ bag with foam cutouts of a cup and a few Eucharists to pretend with) and some are more complex. I put together make-your-own rosary kits, a bag with various fruits and vegetables to group and sort, make-your-own pizza kits, make-your-own cupcakes kits, fall leaves to make a thanksgiving craft, and green leaves to make a family tree craft. I also drew letters on the sides of the noodle pieces so that they can be strung in alphabetic order. I think I’m going to make a couple of other varieties as well, but I’m not exactly sure what I want to do yet.

Basically I cut up every piece of foam that I had in and around the house and ended up with some fun little activities! I’m so excited and I hope that they kids will like them as much as I think they will. For me, the challenge of doing fun stuff like this is the lack of planning. I want to do it but the day just gets away from me and I can’t do any of the prep work when they’re all awake and wrestling each other and I need to cook dinner!

I have a few more ideas that I’ve found online that I want to do, but I need to make a Wal-Mart trip for those!

I think my ideas started when MoneySavingMom posted about participating in a Busy Bag Swap a couple of months ago. I looked into it and was about to sign up for it when I realized the cost would be upwards of $60. I just couldn’t do it! Now, that would include 30 bags, which is great, but I just made 14 individual bags last night for my kids and it was all from things that I already had that cost about $2 to begin with, and it took an hour or two! It was totally worth the time, especially since some of them will be good for quiet church-attending activities!

Maybe eventually I’ll be inspired to organize a local swap to cut out most of the cost of a long-distance swap (since half of the cost was for shipping).

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