Friday, November 25, 2011

Purse Sized Busy Bags

I've seen a lot of busy bags ideas on pinterest and I've been waiting to make a bunch. Today I found a small mesh zipper bag that's a little bigger than a snack size Ziploc bag and I thought it would be a good idea to make purse sized busy bags. During this time of year we get busy, go out to dinner, the lines at stores are long and I thought it would be nice to have some activities for the kids that would be right inside my purse.
I came up with 6 activities that each fit in a snack size Ziploc bag and all fit in the mesh bag.

Here's whats in each bag:
 Crayola Model Magic Dough- E loves this stuff. Its a very lightweight dough that air dries and is less sticky than play dough. It's a little pricey but I bought some for making ornaments when it was on sale at A.C. Moore. I put two balls of the dough in the bag and smashed it til it was as flat as possible.

 Color matching memory game made from Disney paint samples

 Legos- the boys are just starting to be able to play with the smaller (not duplo) legos. I put about a handful in the bag enough to play with without making a giant mess.

 Small plastic dinosaurs and animals from the dollar store

 Pipe cleaners in Christmas colors for making candy canes
A few sheets of 4 by 6 scrapbook paper and stickers

We tried these bags out at a restaurant and they were a big hit. The boys came up with the idea to use the legos to stamp on the Model Magic dough.
Shared on: Crafty Mom Share
No time for Flashcards 

Happy Go Lucky


  1. These are so great ideas to keep the kids occupied. I really like candy cane idea. I am a new follower from It's Playtime. Vicky from Mess For Less

  2. I love your busy bag ideas. Those color matching cards are so cute!

    Dropped by from Crafty Moms Share.

  3. What great ideas!! Thank you for sharing them on Crafty Moms Share this week!

  4. Oh my goodness!! This is the best idea ever! I am off to make some now. Thanks for sharing at Shine on Friday. I hope you'll join us again soon.

  5. Pinned this on Pinterest. LOVE these ideas!!! I think even my big boys (age 7 yrs and 5 yrs) will like these. And the best part??? Small enough for my bag!!! Thank you so much!