Pinterest Challenge- Rag Quilt Potholder sewing kit

I joined another Busy Bag Swap, actually, two of them!  So, I’ll be sharing lots of ideas in the coming weeks.  Here is the activity I included in the Elementary Craft Bag swap: How to sew a Rag Quilt Potholder.  See below for the instructions that were included.  These Rag Quilt kits would also be great to make for Christmas Presents or to include in a travel bag or to keep those hands busy during read-aloud time!       {Read More}

I Spy Bag–Pinterest Challenge

Here are the I Spy Bags I made for a Busy Bag Swap. I sewed 25 of these! They are filled with Poly Beads and lots of little objects. Most were found around the house: pennies, paper clips, pieces of ribbon, brads, beads, broken crayons, buttons, safety pins, etc. I used gauge 4 clear vinyl, which sewed up great with my Bernina and jeans needles. The outside fabric was a very soft fleece. These were inspired by this pin and {Read More}

Busy Bag Swap- Part 4

The last set of activities from our recent Busy Bag Swap! (Also see Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 ) Double Trouble Shapes: Instructions here Clothespin Alphabet Match-up: Instructions and template here. Sensory Balloons: Ours are filled with play-dough, salt, flour, beans, and poly-beads. Instructions here Memory Shape Game: Cups and Balls/ Drop and Roll: Bean Counting Cards: Clothespin Number/Color Matching: I Spy Bag: And, finally, the one that I made! Instructions here. Even my 11-year-old tried this one out! I loved {Read More}

Busy Bag Swap- Part 3

I’m sharing a few more of our fun busy bag activities today. See Part 1 here and Part 2 here. ABC Match-Up:  Put alphabet stickers on templates. Road Trip Bingo and Scavenger Hunt: Find instructions and templates here. Meant to be done in the car (where we have them now!), but he was “pretending” in these pictures!   Popsicle Activity Game:  Match up the color printed and drawn on the popsicle stick. Instructions here. Category Maze:   Use magnetic pom {Read More}

Busy Bag Swap- Part 2

Here are some more pictures of bags from our Busy Bag Swap.  See Part 1 here. Pinchers, Pom Poms, Paper Clips, and Ice Tray Instructions here. This is a favorite of my 22-month-old. Also included in the bag were papers of patterns, as well as the patterns on popsicle sticks. Hot Glue Rubbing Plates: Instructions here. Included in the bag were some molded crayons! Popsicle Stick Puzzles: Instructions here. Build-A-Letter Templates: Instructions here.  The lowercase templates can be found here. {Read More}

Busy Bag Swap, Part 1

A few nights ago I participated in a Busy Bag Swap.  Busy Bags are gallon-sized baggies containing a fun (usually educational) activity for a preschooler or younger elementary-aged child.  Each of the ladies in the swap made one activity times 23 for each of us to fill up a box of busy bags for our homes.  Some ladies wanted two sets so they made two separate activities. We’ve already gone through the fun things to do.  What’s exciting to me {Read More}