Monday, July 23, 2012

Busy Bag Playdate, Part 1!

So, if you recall, one of my 30 before 30 items was to make three things that I found on Pinterest.  These could be arts and crafts, recipes, what have you.  Well...see the thing about Pinterest is it really makes me wish that I was crafty, but I'm not.  And sometimes I just have to accept that.

Luckily, Pinterest is awesome enough to provide options for the non-crafty among us, especially when it comes to toddler activities.

I decided about a month ago to host a Busy Bag playdate with some of the ladies in my mom's group.  If you aren't familiar with the concept of Busy Bags, clearly you are not the mother of a toddler.  Well, that's not true--I actually had only heard about Busy Bags a few months before I had Cat, and it sort of slid to the back of my mind until I realized that Bug needed some new activities.  After perusing Pinterest and a bunch of other Mommy Blogs, I decided to get my friends in on the action.

So what exactly is a Busy Bag playdate?  Well, I set up a playdate on our meetup website and left it open to four other moms.  Each mom was asked to pick a fun kid activity and make it five times (once for her own child, and then one for every other participating child).  Tomorrow we are meeting for lunch to do the exchange--so basically, we will arrive with five identical activities and leave with five different ones!  Pretty cool, huh?

Like I said, I'm not particularly crafty, but luckily for me, I came across this great website called 1plus1plus1equals1.com.  It was full of printable activities, and I settled on the ones themed around Eric Carle's Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? book.  I picked an activity that had nine different animal images.  They were different colors, and you could cut them so that the child would wind up matching the heads and the tails.

So, I printed the images up, and then I laminated them.  See how cute they are?  Plus, you have the Brown Bear, Blue Horse, Black Sheep...I confess to giggling pretty hard about the black sheep.  Anyway, each child gets nine images and all.








Next, I cut them up:















And then, I assembled the bags.  Voila!  Five busy bags, all set to go for our luncheon tomorrow.  I am pretty pleased with the result, and I had so much fun, laminating and cutting.  I bought a laminating machine off of Amazon for a little under forty bucks, but I plan to make a lot more of these activities so I figured it was worth the investment.  Plus, it came with twenty sheets of laminating paper (although I used almost all of it up, so I guess I will have to buy more!).

Anyway, I can't wait for our playdate tomorrow--and I will let you know what fun activities the other ladies came up with!

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