Whether the weather is uninviting, someone feels out of sorts, or it’s an inside play day, mommies sometimes need a “go-to” for an activity. I’m creating a jar of activity sticks, and they’ll be simple: craft sticks with a different activity handwritten on each stick.
Here is my list, a work in progress, that is primarily geared towards preschoolers. What would you add to it?
Activity Sticks Ideas:
ABC Mouse (online subscription)
Bath time / Water play
Bean bag toss
Build a fort
Hopscotch (on porch or painter’s tape on the kitchen floor)
I Spy – books, pictures, in the house
Movie and popcorn
Musical instruments bag
Play store (cash register, make play money)
Puppets, paper bag
Sing silly songs
Tape, double-stick (art collage, etc)
“Tinker” box (random collection of stuff)
You Tube (songs, nursery rhymes, animals)
I have a Pinterest board with many indoor activities. Please share what activities your little ones enjoy! 🙂
I’ve seen the “busy bag” concept many times and have pinned quite a few ideas on Pinterest; however, I haven’t actually brought one with us to use out and about until today. There are always toys and books in our car and something in my mommy bag purse, but today I considered having a quiet, hands-on activity with us.
Enter stickers. I loved stickers as a child, and Kiddo has shown a recent interest in them, so I quickly put a “busy bag” together to help occupy him today at a restaurant. It worked!
This one was very simple, and everything came from Dollar General.
Pencil bag with 2 zippered pockets
A small spiral notebook
3 sheets of different stickers (smiley faces, Cars, and wild animals)
A few crayons if he wanted to draw
As you can see, he was happily occupied, and he even put a couple of stickers on his daddy’s shirt.
What busy bags or activities do you use for quiet time or out and about? Let’s share!
This is a list I’ve created from various sources (and my brain) of supplies to have on hand for activities with my toddler. I like my pen and paper lists, but this will be an easier go-to source for me at times. Most of these are easily available and already in my home. I hope this list helps you, too. 🙂 What would you add?
In alphabetical order for easier reference:
aluminum pie plates (different sizes)
balls (tennis, dryer, ping pong, soccer, etc)
bottles and caps (plastic)
boxes (cardboard, cereal, pasta)
buttons (different sizes)
cans with lids (formula, coffee, etc)
cookie sheets (magnetic)
cotton balls and swabs
dried beans and pasta
fabric (swatches and scraps)
jars with lids
juice can lids
paint color strips
paper (wrapping, tissue, notebook)
paper towel rolls
plastic eggs (sale after Easter)
plastic bowls, lids, cups
sheets (fort, anyone?)
spice bottles with lids (cleaned)