As always, my favourite activities are those that are easy and inexpensive to put together. This busy bag is both of those but it also creates open-ended play possibilities.
- large piece of thin cardboard
- large resealable bag
To create this string busy bag, cut a piece of cardboard into a circle (it doesn’t have to be exact). I placed a plate down on the cardboard and traced it and then cut out the shape. Using scissors, cut triangles along the outside of the circle at regular intervals. Again, this does not have to be exact.
You want to use cardboard that isn’t too thick. Often the cardboard that comes in packaging is the right thickness or you can use the side of a cereal box.
Place the cardboard cutout and some pieces of long string or yarn into a large resealable bag. Your busy bag is ready to be used!Using the cardboard cutout, your child can create patterns or shapes with the string. They can also use the cardboard to create a bit of a weaving wheel.
We store all of our busy bags in one place so that I can easily grab a few on our way out the door to use in the vehicle or in a waiting room. It also gives our daughter a place that she knows she can go to get a quiet activity to do when she is bored or when I am working with her older siblings.
If you are looking for more busy bag ideas, you may be interested in following my Activity Bags board on Pinterest.