Busy Bag Idea – “Sewing” (It’s inexpensive and quick to make!)

I’ve been diving in to the world of Busy Bags for our toddler. He loves ‘new’ things and these quick and inexpensive activities are a great way to keep him occupied for 10 minutes or so. Busy Bags are great to give you that time to make a phone call, go to the restroom (alone!), or whatever else you need to get done. I’ll hopefully be sharing the different ones we make along the way. We’re also going to have a Busy Bag swap with some friends and I’ll be sure to share about that!

This one is based on “sewing.” It was really inexpensive and quick to make.

You’ll need:
:: Foam sheets (I bought a pack since we’ll be using the foam for other activities)
:: Scissors
:: Cord of some sort (you could even use old shoelaces)
:: Hole Punch
:: Pencil to trace shapes

Instructions:
1. Draw shapes on to the foam. You can even trace over a shape and it’ll leave in impression that you can use later to cut:

2. Cut shapes out.

3. Use your hole punch and punch around the edges of the shape.

4. Let your toddler go wild!

They are so quick to make and really inexpensive. You can also use the foam shapes in other projects to teach the shapes!

Do you have any busy bag ideas you just love? I’ve got a few ideas in the works.

Easter Egg Ideas for Toddlers

Our son is almost 18 months old and he is excited about Easter and Easter egg hunts this year! We’ve already been to a local one geared for young kids. While he had a good time I didn’t feel comfortable giving him the treats IN the eggs (think Now and Laters and Tootsie Rolls) so I started to think about things I could fill his eggs with that he can enjoy. So I wanted to share in case this post can be helpful to other moms and dads (and grandparents!) out there.

  • Finger puppets
    I found these cute little finger puppets at Walmart (like these) to put in to larger eggs.
  • Animal Crackers
  • Dried Yogurt dots
  • Dried fruit
    Our son has a deep love affair with dried cranberries and raisins
  • Cheerios
  • Goldfish
  • Matchbox cars

    Really the ideas are limitless! I even tried stuff a little soft plush toy into one of the bigger eggs!

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