I'm a big fan of Busy Bags. To me a busy bag is a self contained activity that fits in a bag and keeps kids busy! We take them to restaurants, church, doctors, anywhere we think we might need some child friendly distraction.
Here are three quick and easy ideas for busy bags with craft / popsicle / lollipop sticks.
1 - Magnetic Shape Sticks
The idea came from Teach Preschool and awesome blog with heaps of very original ideas. I basically hot glued magnets to the end of the craft sticks, I chose to put magnets on both sides, but you could just do one side. This is what they look like...
...and this is how we play with them on a small baking tray. Yes, it does look a little weird when you whip out a baking tray at your table in a restaurant for the first time, but magnets make for great fun!
2 - Colour Matching Sticks
This busy bag was made for me by my lovely sister Auntie E and she got the idea from Roots and Wings Co. She recently got a sewing machine so is now our go to girl for all sewing related crafts! She whipped up some coloured covers for these jumbo craft sticks and wrote the colours on the sticks and added a small piece of coloured material to each stick. Thanks Auntie E!
3 - Puzzle Sticks
This lovely busy bag was made from my other lovely sister Auntie B, she got the idea from Second Story Window. She took a picture and pasted it with glue then stuck all the sticks down side by side. She then let it dry and then separated them with a craft knife. This is how they are when given to the boys....
....this is how they look when the puzzle is completed! Thanks Auntie B!
I hope you've enjoyed these busy bags you can check out my other busy bag posts here or my busy bag pinboard here.