Before we jump into today’s busy bag, I wanted to pass on a great idea that was shared in the comments on our Block Puzzles Busy Bag post yesterday.
Reesa shared that she is making a collection of busy bags for her niece for Christmas. Isn’t that a great idea?!
Not only are busy bags easy and inexpensive to make they can also be used over and over (and over). I also like that they will be a little gift to the recipient’s parents as well. Remember, you can get our Busy Bag Bundle as one easy download for only $3.
What do you think about giving or getting busy bags for Christmas?
Update: It looks like the Mickey Mouse paint chips are hard to come by! You can still make this activity bag with plain paint chips. Or if you want the cute shape…
1. Find an image. Do a Google image search for what you want (search for “your image” outline like “Mickey Mouse outline”). Scale the image to the largest size that will fit on your paint chips, construction paper, or cardstock. Then print it on cardstock. Of course you can skip this step and just draw an image on cardstock.
2. Cut out along the outer edge of your template image.
2. Use your cardstock image to trace outlines on the colored paper.
3. Cut out the color pieces and glue them to cardstock. Laminate for more durability.
I’m actually thinking of making more now with some of my kids’ favorite characters.
Alright, back to today’s scheduled post…
I just love these Micky Mouse paint chips! Aren’t they cute?
Today’s busy bag activity is a simple color matching or memory game using (free) Disney Color (by Behr) paint chips. These are available at Home Depot, but you could also use regular paint chips for the same activities.
Try this activity with your…
Toddlers and preschoolers can simply match the cards by color.
Older kids can turn the cards face down to set up their own single player memory game. Have them turn two cards face up. If they match, they keep them. If they don’t match, they turn them face down again and choose two new cards. The game continues until your child has found the match for each card.
Click the link below to download this free printable busy bag file.
Do you have any other ideas of ways you can use paint chips to help teach your children? We’d love to hear your suggestions!
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