Keeping Kids Occupied
Trying to get work done as a stay at home mom in the summer is not an easy task. As many of you may know back in November I became an independent consultant with Usborne Books & More and now I am a Team Leader as well as an Educational Consultant. Up until the end of June I could usually get 30 minutes of uninterrupted work done while my 5 year was at school and my three year old played or if necessary watched a video and then get my other stuff done here and there. But now that my daughter is home I don’t have a chunk of uninterrupted time so I feel like I only start things and never finish them leaving even more work to be done. With new book titles being released July first (Wahoo) I need to find time to book some New Title Parties and keep business rolling plus plan for the Fall when both kids will be in school!
Enter Busy Bags… I was first introduced to the concept of busy bags (or boxes) when I was expecting my second child and was looking for things my daughter then 22 months could do while I was nursing the baby. Busy Bags are great because they can be tailored for different ages and easily store and pull out when you need them. When my kids were younger I participated in and organized Busy Bag and craft exchanges which is a great way to get lots of busy bags or crafts while only having to make X number of the same thing yourself: it is also more cost effective. Pinterest is a great source of busy bag ideas (find me on Pinterest Molly Hubner). Some of my favorite Busy Bags I have made (will include pictures below) are Build a Cupcake, Decorate a Gingerbread Man, Feed the Tennis Ball, Paint Strip cutting (no picture), Sorting Puffballs, Make Your Own Puzzle, Card Making, for older kids fuse bead sort and making and if you have some time on your hands an Alphabet Box (check out Pinterest for this).
If you are looking for quick busy bags to make get 8 big ziplocks in one bag put paper fold in half and crayons, in the second stamps (self inking is best) and paper, third beads and string, fourth stickers and envelopes, fifth a coloring book and “special markers”, sixth bag order Generic Men People Minifigures Toy (I got mine at Amazon) and have the kids assemble them then play with them 7th bag buy cheap kids bandaids and print out pictures of your child's favorite characters and the 8th bag a set of wipe clean cards on a ring or an Activity Pack.
Now when I am trying to finish a task or project I don’t have to stop everything to set up a project or activity I can just have the kids go grab a bag of their choice and have them work on it. Now does this work every time no but at least it gets me a little more time some of the time...
Do you have a favorite busy bag? How do you get work done while the kids are around?
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