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.

DIY Natural Weed Killer! It’s cheap too.

DIY Natural Weed Killer

As many of you know, we live in the deep south where the bugs are plenty and the plant life thrives.  Among the plants that we enjoy seeing are even more that we don’t – weeds!  Here is a recipe that will effectively kill weeds that is totally kid safe, pet safe and only costs a few bucks to assemble.  We got the one gallon container/sprayer for under $10 – you can get the sprayer here.

Here’s what you need for the spray:

– 1 gallon white vinegar

– 1/4 cup Dawn dish soap

–  2 cups Epsom Salt

Just mix it all together and it’s ready!

It just takes a few minutes to go around and spray the weeds. The after picture below is after 36 hours.

 

Before the spray

After the spray