Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Toddler Busy Bags

Our road trip is coming up fast, and I'm doing my best to gather an arsenal of activities! My friend over at Playing House suggested we each make some toddler busy bags and then switch - double the fun! She's kind of the Martha Stewart of Tot School, so I'm a little intimidated to trade with her, but I'm especially pleased with these:

I made the felt board (it's fleece mounted in an 8x10 picture frame) and then all the little felts. My friend's daughter loves mermaids and I said I'd see what I could do - not perfect, but I think they turned out pretty cute!

I can't wait to see Maddie play with her set. She saw some felt sets on etsy and her jaw dropped open as she said, "That is AMAZING!" Hehehehe.

Maddie's house scene had to have a rowhouse (I made a more traditional single family home for my friend!). Though it's a little B'more, I left out the weeds and poop. Those just aren't felt-friendly.

And of course she needed a set of cupcakes. Who doesn't?

Interchangeable faces...and really the possibilities are endless! I can't wait to make more felt sets, but I think Dakota would like to stop seeing felt scraps all over our house for a while.

Less crafty busy bags include...
water bottle + pom poms = fun

Maddie loves a larger version of this that I made for Toddler Morning Out, so I think she'll love sticking the straws (and not pictured, pipe cleaners) into the holes. And they store neatly in the container for travel! Dakota drilled holes into some containers I'd been saving and voila! Instant hand-eye coordination activity - travel-sized!

Yup. Noisemakers. I know what you're thinking. Noise makers? In the car? But Maddie doesn't really blow hard enough to make a sound - just hard enough to see the end unfurl. She can do this over and over and over - and that's just what I need in the car!

A little stationary kit, toddler sized and toddler themed.

Time for a little on the road beauty treatment! I think Maddie will love the mirror, and who doesn't love bangles?

Color sorting and one-to-one correspondence. With mini plastic beer mugs. Yup. Thank you, Value Village.

Pasta necklace

I have some more things set up for the trip, so maybe I'll post some more ideas soon. I'm actually not worried about Maddie at all anymore because I think she is going to have SO much fun. Gavin, on the other hand...well, I'll bring lots of snacks. That way to that boy's heart is definitely through his stomach.


  1. Looks like a lot of fun activities. I wish I was traveling with you.

  2. Seriously! You are amazing. You make me feel like I deprive my kids!