Monday, 5 March 2012

Busy Bags- Week 1

I must admit that when I decided to start making Busy Bags, I was thinking of Rascal, as the majority of things small enough to be this portable are not suitable for Scallywag. But every now and then there may be an activity which is suitable for both of my children. I will try to remember to state which child I have in mind for each busy bag.

This week I have three bag ideas to share.

You could say that I cheated with the first of my busy bags. 

Those of you who have been following this blog since its early days may recognise these finger puppets, as they were among my first sewing project.

They are a bit more "loved" looking than the last time that you saw them. They have been played with A LOT. Over the last year, we have taken these out with us on various occasions and they have provided welcome distraction for Rascal. In many ways these are the ideal busy bag for my family at the moment as both Scallywag (14 month old) and Rascal (3 years old) really love to play with them.

If anybody is interested, I'm sure that I could come up with a tutorial for a few finger puppets to get you started making your own.

The second busy bag was designed with my 3 year old in mind. It has a few activities rolled into one.

The first activity is drawing. There is a small piece of chalk cloth and a set of chalk for her to get creative with. (I admit that I still have to buy the chalk at this point).

The second activity in this bag is stickers. My daughter firmly believes that stickers need to be stuck on and then taken off and then stuck somewhere else. As such, I thought that on the back of the chalk cloth, I'd create a little vinyl pouch. She can place pictures inside and then stick stickers over it. The theory is that it will be a bit like a sticker book in that stickers can be moved around easily and re-used without problems (need to buy some more exciting stickers, the boring stars were all that I had in house).

Time will tell how successful these activities will be. I have a sneaking suspicion that I should've made the whole thing a little bit bigger and I'm not too sure how easy it will be to move stickers on the vinyl. I promise to keep you posted with how we get on!
This weeks third and final busy bag is also for Rascal. It is inspired by the sewing that Rascal and I have been doing together. This time I got a couple of small scraps of shelf liner and drew simple pictures on them. I ensured that the picture was visible on both sides of the fabric so that Rascal can always see where the next stitch should go. I looked out a small embroidery ring to hold the "fabric".

I prepared 5 or 6 pipecleaner needles with wool ready for Rascal to start sewing at any time (I must look out more colours of wool!). 

The challenge will be for Rascal to sew round the shapes. I will be interested to see how Rascal gets on with this activity. I have a feeling that it could be a little too difficult for her at the moment, but there is nothing wrong with at least trying it! Even if sewing round the shape is too difficult, I know that she will have fun sewing her own designs!

Have you been busy making busy bags? What have you come up with?


  1. These are awesome - I'm all inspired now the chalk bag idea is genius! I wonder if I have time to do one before the weekend birthday we have coming up????

  2. very inspired by how you are getting Rascal into craft - well done : )


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