Now that my little man is getting so independent and into everything, I have come up with a bunch of ideas to keep him out of trouble. I hosted a busy bag swap a few weeks ago with some other mamas in the area and we came away with a bunch of new rainy-day / traveling activities.
The way a busy bag swap works is that each mama makes a different toddler activity to replicate 15 times (storing each activity in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag). We all meet and then swap our activities with one another.
Each activity needs to meet the following criteria:
- Self-contained. This way, you can just grab a bag and GO! (without having to add a number of supplies to the bag in order to make it useful.)
- Transportable. Yes, they will definitely be used at home, but I want to be able to grab a few bags to take to a restaurant, a waiting room, plane trips, car rides, etc.
- Convenient. None of the bags will have supplies that require major set-up or clean-up: (no paint, watercolors, liquids, sand, dirt, etc.)
- Inexpensive. I don’t want anyone spending too much money on this project!
- Easy to Make: I don’t want anyone spending hours and hours and hours making their activity.
- Re-usable. I want these activities to last a while so that our other children can use them in the future. Therefore, let’s avoid activities where you would have to buy new supplies to re-stock the bag. This is why lamination is important for some of the activities.