I just realized I had not made Big Red any new busy bags and even let him play with our busy bag collection. Yikes, what a mommy fail! You do not realize all of the busy bags we own since I have not blogged about all the ones from last year’s busy bag swap or from the swaps when Big Red was under 10 mths old. I promise to do so to help give you ideas for making and organizing your busy bags.
Princess had a friend over and they were looking for something to do. I felt I might as well put her friend to work. I grabbed the leftover vehicle beads that I bought for the Letter Sound Swap last year. It looked like there was enough for the entire alphabet and I was right! 40 beads were left in the package I had bought at JoAnn’s. I grabbed a Sharpie marker and asked the friend to write one letter per vehicle. This package has planes, trains, tug boat, and model T beads that are big enough to fit on a skewer stick.
ABC Vehicles on a Stick Busy Bag
Here’s what the finished product looks like-
Vehicles Color Match Busy Bag
I grabbed a couple of skewer sticks and cut them down to fit into the 3-ring binder pencil pouch. These are what we put our busy bags in for on-the-go. Makes them so easy to take with us when they are on a loose leaf ring! I grabbed markers that matched the vehicles: green, pink, orange, yellow, blue, purple, and green. I quickly colored the skewer sticks so they would have time to try BEFORE Big Red had a chance to use them.
He played with them like a champ! He got right to work matching the colors of vehicle onto each corresponding stick! He was done very quickly which wasn’t a surprise to me. This activity is too easy for him but will be great for friends or Lil’ Red next year.
ABC Vehicles Parking Garage
I realized I had foam from the dollar store also leftover from last year’s swap. I quickly grabbed them and made parking lots that matched the ABC Vehicles. I started by sorting the vehicle by color and then figured out how many parking spots each piece of foam would need. I grabbed a sticky page flag that was just a bit bigger then the vehicles to use as a template to trace. I grabbed a sharpie marker and set to work marking the foam. Once the foam was marked I added the letter in a random order to the parking spots.
They turned out super cute even though I made a few boo boos!
If you are out of some of the supplies we used or do not have a craft store nearby then here are my affiliate links to Amazon for your shopping convenience:
Foam-Sheets 5-1/2-Inch-by-8-1/2-Inch, 50-Pack, Rainbow Colors
Mini Mobiles Plastic Beads 1/4 Pounds Per Pack
Farberware Classic 12-Inch Bamboo Skewers, 75-Count
3-Ring Zippered Pencil Pouch Case with Clear Window
Sharpie Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Black
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Jess Benoit says
This is such a neat idea! Thanks for sharing 🙂
Shecki @ Greatly Blessed says
Those are great beads! Where did you find them? Katie likes putting beads on pipe cleaners. I’ve never tried skewers. I bet knitting needles would work, too. 🙂
I bought them at JoAnn’s using a 40% off coupon but I think Hobby Lobby or Michael’s may have them as well:)
Emma @ P is for Preschooler says
Those beads are perfect for busy bags! Great find!
Tshanina | Thrifty T's Treasures says
What a fabulous idea, and one that the kids will love to play with time and time again!
Since my youngest 2 are boys I am hoping these get lots of use before we pass them on:)