We love busy bags! Katie knows to get only one out at a time and put it away before getting out another. It's so sweet the way she mothers Konnor and teaches him how to play with them.
Last week, I saw Motherhood on a Dime pin an idea for color sorting using paper clips. A couple days later, I was wandering around Dollar Tree (dangerous!) and when I saw the paper clips I remembered the idea and knew I had to make it.
Instead of having little mats to sort on, I wanted containers. Lucky me, I had picked up some little plastic containers from a previous Dollar Tree trip. (I'm so bad, but I love that place.) I knew they would eventually come in handy so I couldn't pass them up! And so the story goes, instead of going to bed at 10pm last Friday like I'd orginally planned, I stayed up until midnight. Again. Oh well!
For supplies, I used...
colored paper clips
little plastic containers
gallon ziplock bag
First I gave the bottoms of the containers a good coat of polish and let it dry. Take about a smelly project! Whew!
Then because I just didn't trust the polish not to chip off,
I covered it with modge podge.
Pay no mind to how it looks white at first, it dries clear!
When the containers are completely dry (I let mine sit overnight), put the paper clips in the coordinating colored container and store in a ziplock bag.
The kids were more than eager to get their hands on this one and played with it for quite awhile. It's their new favorite and Katie always chooses it first.
If you want lots more fun busy bag ideas, head over to Motherhood on a Dime. She just released a FREE! eBook: Learning Bags, Baskets, and Boxes: 15 Inexpensive and Easy-to-Make Activities for Little Kids. All you have to do is become an email subscriber and it's yours!
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