7.06.2011

Keeping occupied...

collection bags
After seeing this image of stamping with pencil top erasers by Carloe, I was inspired to decorate some bags I had laying around. Every time we're at the farmhouse, EZ E and Kicky come home with little treasures from the yard...feathers, stones, a bird nest, etc. I'm trying to plan projects to keep them busy while we're there and thought some treasure-collecting bags would be fun. EZ E and I started the project together, but he abandoned the stamping pretty quickly that day. We used regular stamp pads, which didn't work as well for fabric. Since it's pretty likely that the bags will be filled with dirt at some point, I just let it go. Any other ideas for keeping two kiddos occupied without a lot of supplies? I'm also going to try this and this.

collection bags
collection bags
collection bags
collection bags
collection bags

14 comments:

Megan said...

these bags are lovely! I grew up on an old farm in a small town and being outstide and exploring was something my siblings and I did everyday. Of course, we didn't have such cool bags ;-)

Tandy said...

Kicky might be a little young, but try a scavenger hunt. Draw pictures of things they might find around the yard and give them a pail to collect their finds in. After that, set them up with some glue and have them glue their treasures to an old board.

Jen Craun said...

a printed scavenger hunt [or BINGO-style] card to guide treasure finding.

Tools for finding/sketching their treasures:[http://chezbeeperbebe.blogspot.com/2011/06/make-this-nature-explorer-bag.html]

a bug-catcher necklace:
[http://whimsy-girl.blogspot.com/2009/08/bug-catcher-necklace-tutorial.html]

a color-finding/matching game, using paint chips with large shapes cut out of them making windows to match nature colors. punch a hole in the corner to bind with a ring, or ribbon.

Sophia said...

A bucket of water to refill...dare I say "water guns."
I recently went to a party and was amazed at how long this entertained the kids. I think a few things were key to make this water activity somewhat calm, and relatively dry, or not soaking wet. One, there was no running water from hose for kids to have access to...only a bucket with a little water for the kids to fill their SMALL squirt guns...which meant they needed to dunk 'em until they filled. This was nice because it takes some time and the kids seemed to be okay with this.

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Do you know Tsilli Pines work? I think you'd like it: http://www.tsilli.com/figures/

Christen said...

I love them! And the sponge balls are a huge hit over at our house. I just found these ice cube paints: http://shareandremember.blogspot.com/2011/06/ice-cube-painting-rainbows.html
and glowstick bowling: http://www.parents.com/fun/birthdays/ideas/birthday-party-planning-tips-tricks/?page=6

Good luck with the rest of your move. Barn living sounds amazing!!

Erin said...

I have some of those little bags, too, and I love them! There are so many uses for them!

Here's an idea: I'll link up a tutorial I did for a kids' field notebook. Basically, you paste in a bunch of paint chips and have the kids draw or take samples of colours that match the paint chip. I went all out, but this could be a really easy one - just go to Home Depot and scammed a bunch of paint chips, then paste them into a notebook. Send along crayons or pencil crayons. My friend Daniel, whom I made it for, was quite surprised to find out what colour things actually ARE. You think you know, but then you discover that a pea is actually lime green.

http://luckybydesign.blogspot.com/2010/08/tutorial-kids-field-notebook.html

anika said...

How awesome! I think they look great & really like the idea of "treasure bags". Might have to make some for my next trip to the beach! Also love those sponge water balls. Definitely going to have to make them when my nieces & nephews come to my place for a week of "Anikamp" at the end of the summer. :)

leFiligree said...

my kids always love anything to do with a shovel, or anything to do with water. both with possible dangers but the upside is the hours of enthralled attention!

Emma at The Marion House Book said...

Fishing...that's my suggestion. Henry is obsessed with it right now. All you need is a stick with some string and water with things bobbing in it. If you can attach a magnet to the string and some to the objects in the pool or bucket your laughing! At least for 20 minutes.

comuniquese said...

I'll give it a try for sure! Thank you for the inspiration.

d r e w said...

oh, what a great idea! this would be a great idea for some self-made quilting fabric or wrapping paper.

Kickcan and Conkers said...

What a great idea - I love these!

littlewinterbride said...

love these! how clever using the pencil eraser.

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