Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer Busy Bags

It's summer! 

As much as I am looking forward to long summer days with Grace, I know how easy it can be to get stuck in a rut.  This summer, I decided to be proactive and ambitious.

Cue busy bags.  Busy bags, will hopefully get us through summer without too many mentions of being bored.


To make my busy bags, I scoured pinterest for crafts I thought Grace would enjoy and I threw in some fun learning activities as well (just cause it's summer doesn't mean that we can't continue learning, right?). 

In addition to 'pinning' my finds, I printed out a picture of each activity (including directions for anything that required it).


Then, I gathered the supplies needed...


and I put them into baggies.

Toadstool craft via Mamas Kram

I've filled a cardboard box with dozens of new to Grace activities and crafts. 


Bring it on summer.  I'm ready for you!

18 comments:

  1. Geez you're organised, I always have the first week sorted with Christmas and New Years here after that It's a long hot boring Summer. I love the toadstools, I think I am going to do that with Madeleine.

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  2. what a great idea! I'm on the running up and trying to catch up/get ahead. I feel like I'm sorta getting there. between free bowling (check it out www.kidsbowlfree.com they have participating places all over the US! reading programs thru the library, barnes and noble (check it out read 6 or 8 books and get a free book) and our scholastic school reader minutes I'm hoping that will keep the bored's away!

    have you tried the melted pony beads yet? stinky but cool!

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  3. Hi,
    I try to do something similar. It really does help.
    And you are right, they continue to learn in the summer. :-)
    I had my boys do a math page every other day too. Just to keep up with math facts or we would do flash cards.

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  4. You are super organized! I LOVE IT!!!! So many times I'm at a loss for what to do because I do not have any supplies in the house. I also love that you put your Pins to use. Mine just stay on-screen :). Hope you two have lots of fun this summer, and of course Gracie can still learn. I am always trying to teach my son something, whether he knows it or not ;).

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  5. This is such a good idea! I love how pro-active you are. The second you hear, "Mo-ooom, I'm bor..." Nope, no you aren't. Here, you go.

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  6. What a great idea! Especially on rainy days!

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  7. That is an amazing idea for the summer! Genius!

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  8. I wish I was thinking ahead like you! I'm having a hard time keeping mine fed. They seriously eat every minute. Who does that?!!!
    I love your busy bag ideas- this could keep the toddlers off me while I feed the bigger ones that eat like lumberjacks. Awesome share!

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    1. Thanks Amy. Though I was ambitious and proactive getting these all set up, let's see how I do actually get it used!

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  9. What a great idea! This is the first time I hear the term "busy bags". Love how you are on top of things. :D

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    1. I'm only on top of things because I know how long summer can be. I'm hoping we can find something fun and interesting to do everyday.

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  10. You are so prepared! Love busy bag ideas. What a great way to keep the fun coming.

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  11. Love the idea. I wonder if I should make a couple of busy bags (for car trips, etc) for me using some of the ideas I have pinned to Pinterest :-)

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    1. What a great idea Heather. Yes, road trips would be another great use for busy bags. I'm thinking of preparing a few for winter break and snow days.

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  12. This is a great idea!!!!!! I am sharing this!!!

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  13. I love you to itty-bitty pieces... but you're making the rest of us look bad! ;)

    xoxox

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    1. It's easy when you only have one to organize for the summer. And, it's strictly selfish, since I want to make sure I keep her entertained and busy.

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