One of the most popular projects I have shared here on Infarrantly Creative has been the busy bag sewing tutorial. Honestly, there’s a lot to love about this little bag. It’s cute-as-a-button, easy for little hands to carry, and a reallllly easy beginning sewing project. It’s perfect for travel, waiting rooms, restaurants, and anywhere else that may test your little one’s patience. And, with school ending, It’s also a great way to keep your kiddos engaged and practicing skills during the summer months. Have I convinced you yet that you need to make one? Because you do!
Now the question is what to put inside the bags… There are a plethora of options that will, of course, depend on your child, but to get your creative juices flowing, I have rounded up several busy bag activities that all use popsicle sticks. Popsicle sticks can be found pretty much anywhere and cost pennies, and these projects are all super simple to make. Sound good? Let’s take a look!
Turn popsicle sticks into puzzles that feature your child’s favorite characters or even a family photo with this tutorial from Embellish.
As Powerful Mothering suggests, attach Velcro dots to the ends of popsicle sticks and let your kids have fun creating shapes and all kinds of elaborate designs. You can also incorporate colors by purchasing colored popsicle sticks or having your kiddos paint natural ones.
Raising Little Superheroes shares this easy-to-make color-matching and patterning activity. Simply add dot circles to popsicle sticks and then have your child place pompoms on top to match the colors and create the patterns.
Here’s another activity that works on patterning, but it takes it a step further by having the child add popsicle sticks to continue the pattern. Playdough to Plato offers a FREE PDF file of the cards!
How darling are these color matching felt popsicles from Wait ‘Til Your Father Gets Home?!? You can sew them like Meredith did or create the little popsicle pouches with a hot glue gun.
The Math Maniac shares a fun way to work on counting by adding magnetic strips and number stickers to popsicle sticks and then having little ones place the correct number of paperclips on each stick. You can make these is about five minutes flat!
So who wants to make a busy bag??? I’d love to hear if you do! Already a busy bag lover? What’s your child’s favorite activity?
Looking for more crafty fun for your kids this summer?