We just started up our new year of homeschooling. This year 3 to homeschool which is a bit tricky because I have little ones too. So how can I keep my 3 year old busy while I homeschool my older 3 children. How can I do this? Not only are they great for home but they are great in the car too!
Two words —- BUSY BAGS!
What is a busy bag you ask? It is a bag whether it be a Ziploc bag or a zippered pencil-case bag or any smaller bag filled with hands on activities to keep your little one busy!
Most of what I have used I either had already or I purchased at the Dollar Tree. These bags are great for home and for on the go. They are the perfect solution to keep kids busy! I made a total of 16 bags which I plan on rotating.
Empty Vitamin Bottle
Large Paper Clips
Small Tower Blocks
Plastic Bottles with Caps
Small Chalkboard With Chalk and Eraser
Small Connector Blocks
Dry Erase Book
Pool Noodles Cut in Chunks
Pick Up Sticks
Small Etch a Sketch
Safety Kids Scissors
How they are used:
From left to right: golf tee’s go in the triangle, the binder rings open and close and the child can connect them together, foam puzzle – build, dry erase activity book, chalk board the child can write or draw and then erase with the foam eraser, connector blocks we got in a Wendy’s kids meal a few years ago, take 2 plastic bottles with attached tops and have the child transfer items from one to another – I used foam shapes, Learning cards and small pocket game which were on clearance and a hand me down, plastic travel size bricks.
How they are used:
From left to right have the child cut the straws, poke the Pick Up Sticks in the cut pool noodles they can even build with them, Magnetic Doodles, Coloring pad and crayons, Jumbo size paper clips they can clip to index cards, Small books and a sheet of stickers. I randomly placed stickers on index cards my kids will take the matching stickers off the sticker sheet and stick it on the index cards, pipe cleaners can be strung with the pony beads, plastic travel blocks and lacing cards.
I have some of the larger items in Ziploc bags because the zippered pencil bags are too small. Look around your home what do you have that you can use in your busy bags you will be surprised what you find! Some of these bags I can use for my 16 month baby but keep in mind some of these pieces are small so if you have them and you add them to your busy bag make sure your child is old enough and does not put the pieces in their mouths.
Have you made busy bags and if so what did you use inside your bags to keep your little one busy?
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