Happy Friday! I hope you have had a positive week and are not too overwhelmed with the imminent end of school days if you have littles. William is still in daycare two days a week, which will continue through the summer months until he starts kindergarten in September. With the arrival of baby Miller we have slowed down William’s Auditory Verbal Therapy sessions, but have not stopped in our quest for language. Our therapist had given us ‘homework’ in preparation for this and we continue to work on concepts such as letter and colour recognition, counting to 5, etc.
In order to make practicing as easy and convenient as possible while at home and away, I assembled some busy bags to keep all the materials together. Also, a quick and simple sewing project was perfect for an afternoon when both kiddos were napping and my craft room was still in disarray.
I found the perfect pattern for my needs on Pinterest, a set of three small drawstring bags at A Cup of Thuy. In just over an hour I sewed up five of the large size, adding a clear vinyl pocket on the front for a label, and using 3/4″ twill tape for the string. Goodbye Ziploc baggies- the new busy bags were loaded up with the assembled activities and they look so cute!
The letters D and T are two that we are working on for letter recognition, and these are the contents of those bags. I picked up an alphabet lacing set two years ago at Winners, and the plastic letters are great for fine motor skills and finger tracing. William enjoys lacing, and it is awesome to watch him push, pull and pinch the shoelaces all by himself with his little fingers. Such a proud mama moment.
I really like this pattern and could definitely use some in a larger size for anything from a knitting project bag to a shoe bag for travelling.
Do you make busy bags for your kids or grandkids? What activities do you put in them? I would love more ideas!