Busy Bags

30 busy bags

Eeek! We’re going on our first trip this weekend! It’s nothing too crazy, just a USO tour to Frankfurt where they will teach us how to use the train system and then we’ll ride the train up to Frankfurt for the Main River Fest going on this weekend. I’m stoked though, this is what we came to Germany to do! See the world, meet the people, drink the beer! ;)

I’ve started thinking through what I want to pack (or more accurately, how much I can pack for a day trip without looking like the tourist that I am). Having kids of course makes this process harder. Anyone who’s been a parent for very long knows to expect the unexpected, and so while I’m packing an extra change of clothes for each of us and all that good stuff, I’m also trying to figure out what I’ll need to entertain the kids on the train and at the festival.

Thankfully, I already have a lot of stuff prepared and now it’s just a matter of choosing what will work best for the trip, but I thought I would retroactively blog a little bit about our travel stash of busy bags, felt books and quiet time bins over the week just in case anyone else is looking for a bit of inspiration (or should I say P-inspiration, because you all know where these ideas came from ;) ).

First up is our giant stash of busy bags! I did NOT make all of these, that would be ludicrous! But, as you all know, I had the world’s best playgroup in Hawaii and we had several busy bag swaps where we would each make 10 of the same bag and then trade with 9 other people who also made a different bag and everyone walks away with 10 unique bags- it’s genius!

For more ideas to keep kids busy on the go, check out my busy bag board on Pinterest:
Follow Brigette @ Life Lesson Plans’s board Kids: Busy Bags on Pinterest.

19 thoughts on “Busy Bags

    • Haha, if only working were that easy in Germany… I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do while the kids are in kindie and I’m at a loss lol.

  1. What an awesome busy bag collection, and an adorable little girl! Thanks for the link love, and also for some awesome ideas for kids activities :) xoxo, Dani @ Painting Sunny

  2. do you put them in gallon ziplock bags?
    how do you store them?
    Thanks for sharing these great ideas!!

    • Hey Jenn, great question, and one that I’m still trying to work all of the kinks out of! I do keep them in ziplocks and store them in a large rubbermaid container, it keeps everything together, but it can be a pain to hunt through to find the exact bag my three year old wants. We also keep some in the car, in our quiet time bins, and scattered throughout areas where I need to entertain the kids (ex: the bathroom so that I can do my makeup in peace!) I haven’t found the perfect system yet though. How about you, do you use busy bags? And, what do you do with yours?

  3. WoW, I found this on pinterest a while ago and just looked through it today as I have a friend who has initiated a busy bag swap. So many great, simple, and inexpensive ideas — I didn’t want the post to end! I appreciated being able to see each idea rather than having to click on a link for each one (which is something I’ve had to do on other blogs).

    I have our fourth baby due in a few months, and I’m thinking I need to get to work on making a bunch of busy bags as I have all three of our other children at home too as we homeschool. Maybe I can find a bunch of friends who might be interested in doing a monthly swap — that would be great!

    Also, if I make a bunch, I’m thinking I should make a few extra of each one and put them aside to include with baby gifts/new baby meals for families that have toddlers — I don’t know why I have never thought of that before! I would sure appreciate a busy bag or two for my older children once baby arrives!


    • Thanks for the sweet words Heather!
      You sound like you have your hands full! Some busy bags would definitely aid in the arrival of a new baby! That’s a great idea to make a few at a time and use them for gifts, we attend a lot of birthday parties and it gets expensive buying gifts all the time, but the next time I go on a busy bag making spree, I may use your idea and make a few extras! It’s really not that much more work to make multiples of the same bag, which is why swaps are genius! Good luck getting some friends together to do one and I hope everything goes smoothly for you as you transition to three kids!

  4. A galfren shared this post with me, and I’m really impressed! Such a great idea! We could totally do this for our kids when they’re older :)

  5. Am I missing the links? ie for the Geoboard from My Spirited Adventure?

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