I was so excited to participate in the Busy Bag Swap that Brenda from Unsolicited Advice put together.
If you’re unfamiliar with Busy Bags, basically, they are ziptop bags with a simple project or game to keep young children busy. It’s so helpful to have things like this put together to pull out when I need to be working one-on-one homeschooling Kathrynne or when the children come to me asking what they can do. Instead of having to wrack my brain, I can just pull out a pre-packaged project and get them started on it.
We decided to put together Clothesline Busy Bags for the swap. Joy from FiveJs.com created patterns for me, as well as instructions to go in the bag. We gathered the supplies needed from Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby and then we set out to make the bags.
The girls and I spent about five hours cutting out felt pieces and assembling 25 Clothesline Busy Bags. It was a lot of work, but it was fun to do together — even if we completely trashed an entire room of the house with felt pieces, paper and other miscellaneous things in the process (hey, at least it all stayed contained in one room and not all over the house!).
And then the girls had fun trying out the Busy Bag, too! Kathrynne said it was a little bit too easy for her (sniff! My baby girl is growing up!), but Kaitlynn was just as delighted as ever with it.
Free Downloadable Clothesline Busy Bag Kit
If you’d like to put together a Clothesline Busy Bag for your children, you can download the complete kit here. It includes free patterns, instructions on putting together the bag, instructions to stick inside the bag and some ideas on variations of ways to use this bag. Enjoy!
Note: Please use care when having a string and clothespins around young children. Make sure the string is securely tied and be in the same area as your children when they are doing this project. It’s always better to be safe.