Monday, May 14, 2012

Play: Travel Busy Bags

A bunch of us moms recently got together and did our SECOND busy bag exchange, this one focusing on activities that will be travel friendly. For those of you who haven't heard of these, busy bags are activities that are contained in a bag that can easily be given to a child to do while mom or dad is working on something else. We bring these bags when we go out to eat, wait in a doctor's office, or hang out at a friend's house who doesn't have kids (and hence no toys). Each activity is also designed to help with different developmental skills.

In our exchange, nine of us moms each chose one busy bag (actually, one mom choose to do 3 activities), made nine copies of it, and then we all exchanged our bags so we got to go home with one of each activity. Most of the bags we put together this time are good to do in the car, and a couple of them are more geared for on-site play (because who wants to pack a bunch of toys when going on vacation?).

1. Number Wheel (number recognition, fine motor skills, counting)

2. Lego matching (problem-solving, visual skills)

3. Button snake (fine motor skills)

4. Felt Board + pompom scoop (counting, fine motor skills, number recognition)

5. Road Trip Bingo and States License Plate game (reading skills, visual skills)

6.  Brainteaser (problem-solving skills)

7. Magnetic "Wooly Willy" Shape Game

8. Magnetic Discovery Bottle

9. Popsicle Matching Game

10. Scavenger Hunt cards

11. Animal Play Mat

I'm so impressed by the creativity and effort of all the moms who participated!

What are you favorite activities to help kids travel more easily?

Linked up on Made by Little Hands and Tuesday Tots and Show and Tell.


  1. I love these little ideas! So simple. I'm just going to have to make these. Car journeys will never be the same!

  2. Thank you for some great ideas I think I need to start making

    Thank you for linking to Tuesday Tots

  3. These are great, any tips on how to make the magnetic game?

    1. I, Christina, actually made that one, and it was a bit labor intensive. I got the frame at the dollar store, but the little bits of colored metal are chopped up pieces of paperclip. I just used a wire cutter and clip, clip, clipped away. It took awhile, but I think it produced a fun toy. If you have a better idea of how to do it, I'd love to know!

  4. Great ideas! We have some airplane travel ahead of us this Summer, so I will have to get started on some of these that are airplane friendly. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. I love these little ideas! So simple. I'm just going to have to make these. Car journeys will never be the same! Thanks for sharing the useful information.


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