These bags are great not only for keeping the kids entertained if you are feeling under the weather but also for taking out with you as they are small enough to fit in the change bag or your handbag. We trialled these two at Beardy’s birthday meal last Saturday.
There is no hard and fast rule for these and I wouldn’t recommend going out and splashing the cash on special items to make them just gather what you have from around the home.
If you do wish to purchase anything, (I LOVE my popper widget) then I will link to some in the post. Please note that these are affiliate links, there is no charge to you but a small amount of money comes my way for referring you should you purchase.
If you like the ideas but don’t have the time to make them then here are some ready made alternatives for you to purchase:
These are a slightly more robust version of paper chains that you can put away and reuse another day. There is also no reason why you can’t cut some paper strips up and pop a small stick of glue (think UHU or Pritt Stick not school glue) in your bag either.
I used poppers (snap fasteners/ KAM snaps) but you could use buttons (see here for a quick alternative to buttons) and cut slits for button holes or use sticky velcro. The chain links can be made from anything really, strips of old clothes, felt, thick ish card.
You will need:
You will need to cut your links into 1″ by 8″ strips.
For poppers, pick a backing piece and a “female” piece (it’s the bit that isn’t super sticky out), sandwich them into the widget according to the manufacturer’s instructions and SQUEEEEEEEEEZE! Your strip should now be sandwiched securely between a smooth piece and a bit with a hole and a dot. Repeat for all strips.
If you are using buttons/velcro or similar, stitch or stick a button/ piece to one end of the strip. Repeat for all strips.
For poppers and velcro you now want to flip the strips over and repeat the process for the other end, this time using the opposite piece, the “male” popper bit or the hook velcro if you used the loop part first. These bits should be at the opposite end and the opposite side of the strip to the first ones. This means that when closed, the strip makes a bracelet rather than a twisted loop.
For buttons and similar fastenings, simply cut an appropriate sized slit at the opposite end. Make sure the slit is big enough for little fingers to easily push the button through but not so big that it doesn’t hold. Start small, you can always make it bigger.
That’s it! All done. Wave them gleefully at your children and hope they are as excited about your lovingly made gift to them as you are.
I used left over bits of felt and raided our button box for these but you can used coloured bits of anything really and small objects from around the house. Think pen lids, milk bottle tops, small toys, natural objects. The idea is that you lay the coloured squares out and the child matches the objects to the colour spots.
If you are lying upon the sofa in a snotty, flu filled stupor (you are allowed) then make yourself a brew, grab a coloured tupperware lid, sit back on said sofa and send wee bairn on a treasure hunt of the lounge to see how many object of that one colour they can find.
Children are inquisitive and excitable little creatures and don’t need big fancy toys to keep them occupied. They just need a bit of encouragement from us and something to stimulate their little brains.
The age of your squiglet will determine how long they can sit doing one task for, so if they are little little ones then be prepared to have a few activities up your sleeve if you need more than 5 minutes to rest.
Next week we’re talking about every child and cat’s favourite plaything.