Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Toddler Busy Bag: Making Colour Matching Popsicles

Recently I stumbled upon some online articles on toddler busy bags and because of this, I was prompted to ask Google, "What the heck is Toddler Busy Bag?"

Google told me that a toddler busy bag is basically a simple child-friendly ready-to-go activity that fits inside a little bag/zip lock/small box. This bag is supposed to be pulled out at any time to keep our toddler/preschooler busy or quiet, say when he/she is in the car, at the restaurants, at the clinic's waiting room, etc. Usually Mommies would make their toddler busy bags on their own so in essence, these kid activities are like Mommy's DIY crafts using very simple and not expensive materials. One mommy blogger even mentioned that making busy bags for kids is so addictive. Heh. I wondered how addictive this going to be so yesterday I gave this busy bag a try.

For my first busy bag, inspired by this Mom, I made a very easy felt craft that is meant to be a game for Naomi to match colours. Crafting had never been my forte since I was young and I had never been so fond of sewing either. Yet, since my curiosity on creating my first busy bag already blanketed me from head to toe, I did the DIY craft that involved needle and thread anyway.

After a couple of hours of cutting, sewing and gluing plus several missed attempts in putting the thread into the needle's eye (why the hole has to be that minuscule?), one needle prick and three teeny weeny drops of blood (from the needle prick) later, I proudly present you the result of my first busy bag for Naomi.

Ta-da!

DIY Felt Popsicles.


DIY Colour Matching Felt Popsicles

Materials:
  • Assorted colour of felts or DIY clothes
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Threads
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • Paper

The materials you need to make this craft.

Tutorial:
  1. Draw a pocket or popsicle shape in a piece of paper and cut it. Use this as a base model in cutting the felts later so the felt popsicles will look uniformed. This step is optional though. 
  2. Cut out two pieces of felt (of the same colour) into a pocket or popsicle shape. Mine is about 9cm x 7cm.
  3. Sew them together but leave the bottom part opened for inserting the sticks.
  4. Cut a little bit of felt and paste it in the popsicle stick. One color for one popsicle stick.
  5. Do the same for the other colours of felt.

I pasted colorful pom-poms on the sticks and they look cute.

Once all the felt popsicles are put in a small plastic bag or pouch, they are good to entertain Naomi on-the-go.

Stack them together and pop them in a small bag.

Here's Naomi testing her busy bag for the first time.

How to play this, Mom?

After about 5-10 minutes trying to get the hang of inserting those sticks into the felt popsciles, Naomi was finally able match the colour of the felt in the sticks to the right colour of the felt popsicles.

OK, got it.

As my effort to move Naomi away from playing with tablet or smart phone, I am happy to see that this busy bag activity indeed works well in distracting Naomi and keeping her busy for a while.

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