This busy bag is designed for an older pre-schooler and could even be used for kindergartners/first graders depending on their skill level and interests. I'm a huge fan of this busy bag because the materials you will need to make this are incredibly inexpensive to purchase. I spent $1.06 (including tax) for materials I needed that I didn't have on hand.
Here's what you need to make this busy bag:
- Glue stick
- Clothespins (can usually be found at the dollar store)
- Paint chips/samples
- First, you will want to cut the paint chips so that you have the big long strip that your child will clip the clothespins onto. You can use a ruler for this; I could not find mine so I just figured out how much extra I would need for the clothespins, then cut accordingly. I also cut mine in such a way that the paint strip had square edges (as opposed to the round the paint chips came with) and that no wording was left on mine.
- After the paint chips are cut, take what you cut off the paint chip and put this in a separate pile. I highly recommend putting the paint strips that are part of the busy bag in a bag and putting it away. At least in my world, there could be a tot about and since this busy bag is for when my kiddos are older, I'd like to keep them from being destroyed for now!
- To cut the paint chips so that the clothespin bit is covered nicely, I used the clothespin itself to measure out each paint chip bit. I just laid the clothespin down on the paint chip in the appropriate color box and traced around the tip of the clothespin. Once I cut out each piece, I put it on the clothespin to see if I needed to cut any excess off; often I had to cut a bit from the long side and short side.
- To attach the small bit of paint chip to the clothespin, I started off using glue. I do not recommend this. I did use glue on the green clothespins, but I felt discouraged because using glue was taking a lot of time and the short sides of the paint chip didn't seem to be well attached to the clothespin. I switched to using a glue stick, and oh my stars - it was so much quicker, less messy and the paint chip stuck beautifully to the wood.
I had a good time working on this one, and I anticipate I will make this for other littles in the future for gifts!