I joined a play group over the summer that has been awesome so far. The babies range from 6-18 months, but Luca seems to be on the younger end of the group. We recently did a busy bag exchange and I wanted to share with you how it went!
So, a busy bag is intended to be something small, quiet, and simple to help occupy a toddler easily- think doctor’s waiting room, restaurant, church, etc. Ours were all hand made, although I’m sure you can buy them somewhere online if you wanted to (etsy sells everything these days, doesn’t it?)
We had 30 (!) participants in our group, which meant that each mom made 30 of the same activity, and then we swapped so that at the end of the day each mom walked away with 30 different activities. Thirty was definitely a lot, but I think it was worth it. All of the moms worked so hard on their activities, and Luca has really enjoyed them so far!
I wanted to first show you the activity I made for the group. I chose a sensory bag because it seemed easy enough- and it was easy but was also time consuming having to make so many of them. I searched around for a few examples and then headed out for my supplies.
You can use any small items you’d like, but I went with googly eyes, smooth rocks, foam shapes, beads, and larger hooks in various shapes.
Then I filled a sandwich bag with colored hair gel. (I used LA Looks- it came in large bottles and was inexpensive. I used 1/4- 1/3 of a bottle per each bag.) Then I carefully dropped in a few items and sealed the bag. I then put that bag inside of an additional sandwich bag, and then sealed all sides with colorful duct tape.
The bag is soft and squishy and it seems to hold Luca’s attention for a minute or two. I can’t ask for much more at this point, so I will call this project a win!
Over the next week or two I want to share some of the activities we received from the swap. They are awesome- and really great age-appropriate ideas to entertain toddlers.
(In the past few posts, I’ve noticed Luca is wearing the same pair of pajamas. I assure you, the kid has more than one pair, so it is just a coincidence that I photograph him in the same thing each time!)