One of the greatest activities I’ve ever set up for M (now 4.5) is our collection of busy bags. We take these bags everywhere. Seriously, they come to restaurants, doctor appointments, on vacations, and even during quiet time in M’s room (our substitution for nap time).
I started out by picking up about a dozen zippered pencil pouches from Wal-Mart (I think they’re $0.97 each). Then, I filled them with all sorts of fun, themed activities.
Busy Bag Ideas: (almost all supplies were from Dollar Tree, Target, or just from around our own house):
-Play Store: calculator, price stickers, pencil and notebook
-Little Artist: markers, crayons, paper
-Miss Sticky: tons and tons of stickers, small notebook
-Open and close: a bunch of bottles, pouches, and tubes to open and close (with a handful of coins included to hide in objects)
-Finger puppets (check out Ikea for a great selection and awesome prices!)
-Cut it Up: scissors and things to cut (straws, small tub of play dough, ribbon, paper strips)
-Fix-it Kit (M’s favorite): eye glass repair kit and small sewing kit (both from Dollar Tree)