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Busy Bag Exchange

Baby E and I went to a Busy Bag Exchange earlier this week. Most toddler moms are familiar with busy bags but if you don’t know what they are they are self-contained entertainment that usually develop fine motor skills or teach colors, shapes or numbers.

Busy Bag Exchange

What we took:

Lacing Cards Busy Bag

Colored Lacing Cards

I chose to take lacing cards, which might still be a little advanced for Baby E. Each bag contained four different colored shapes and four strings to lace. I found the shapes in the Target dollar bins (I LOVE the dollar bins). The laces were from Hobby Lobby, I just cut them to be a bit longer than needed, melted the ends to keep them from fraying and then tied a knot in one end.

Lacing Card Shapes

There are two ways they can lace the cards.

Star Lacing Card

Also being different shapes and colors allows for instructions like, “Pick out the yellow star”.

Hand Lacing Card

What we received:

Pom Pom Stuff It

Pom Pom Stuff It

The object is simple, stuff the pom poms thru the holes. Baby E has tried this one already and enjoyed it.

Color Matching Clothes Pins

Color Matching Clothes Pins

Match the clothes pins to the colored cards. These had English on one side and Spanish on the other. The colored cards also have shapes on the back so they can match the shape with the card as well. Baby E obviously couldn’t wait to get his little fingers on these. Currently he can identify yellow, blue, green and pink so hopefully these will help teach him the rest of the colors.

Pom Pom Counting Cards

Pom Pom Counting Cards

This bag contained ten cards with numerals and corresponding dots on them. Toddlers match the pom poms with the dots to help learn counting.

Felt Fishing

Felt Fishing

These felt fish each had a magnet. Toddler “fish” with their pencil fishing rod. Baby E thought these were a lot of fun and caught on right away.

Block Puzzles

Block Puzzles

“Puzzles” were shapes on the cards that toddlers recreate with foam blocks. Baby E may need to grow into this one but he liked the blocks a lot!

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5 Comments

  1. Kathy

    August 14, 2013 at 12:42 am

    Love your threading shapes and the second way to thread…I hadn’t thought of that! What fonts did you use on the bag label? Is it possible for you to send me the template? Thanks, Kathy

    1. Christiana

      August 20, 2013 at 11:21 am

      The fonts are Lobster and Miserably Lose. They are FREE fonts! Here are the links:
      http://www.dafont.com/lobster.font
      http://www.kevinandamanda.com/fonts/freescrapbookfonts/miserably-lose/

      Unfortunately I didn’t save the template but they were just Avery labels. I just used the template on their site and created a dotted line border in Word. Hope that helps!

      1. Kathy Callaghan

        August 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

        Thanks so much for the info and the great post!

  2. Sara

    February 7, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    What did you use for the laces?

    1. Christiana

      February 14, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      I used some cord I found at Michael’s – I think it was in the Kid’s Craft department. I just melted the ends to keep it from fraying.

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