Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Blogger Busy Box Swap!

It has been awhile since our last blogger swap, and since it is "back to school" season, I thought what a better swap then exchanging some busy bag/busy boxes (whatever you prefer to call them).  While Secret Santas and handmade Valentines were great and a total blast to receive, I thought swapping something educational with basic "pre-school" learning concepts would pull double duty.

The homemade busy boxes would help our 2-3 year aged kiddos work on some learning concepts while keeping them quiet and out of our hair for a solid five minutes.  Which with a lot of moms busy with chasing mobile babies, caring for newborns, or expecting new additions, having something to entertain a toddler can be clutch.  And siblings or not, we can all appreciate five minutes to shower or drink some coffee while it's hot!

This time, we swapped with the following fellow mama's of two year olds!

Colleen at Meet the Sullivans
Emily at Dear Owen
Michelle at Ten June
Natasha at Schue Love
Erin at Hello Erin

Instead of making one box for each member of the group and swapping, like a lot of busy bag swap do, we just stuck to creating one to mail away.  The parameters were that the activities had to focus on 2 year old skills - letters, numbers, colors, shapes, matching, sequencing, puzzles, you get the idea. They also were asked to be made as cheaply as possible, bonus if with items easily already found in the home or from the $1 spot.


We received our box last week from Arden (and her mommy Vanessa) from Sunflower State of Mind.  It's the cutest Go Fish game, where Ashlynn can place the felt fish on the "ocean", blue side of the container, and fish with the little magnetic rod.  After she can sort her catches by color in their proper cubby.





It is a huge hit and it'd totally be a great game to travel with, use at restaurants or on an airplane. She also included a cute One Fish Two Fish reusable bag that will for sure hold all her busy tasks for car rides and a Pout-Pout Fish book, which I probably enjoyed even more than she did.  Such a cute book!

We hope this swap and blog hop encourages you to make a busy box for your little one!  There are so many great ideas on Pinterest and when all else fails, you can always hand your little one a box of dry penne, a muffin tin, and a snack trap.  That, no joke, entertained Ashlynn for 40 MINUTES one day!  But then again something with some learning concepts is probably a bit better use of their time and brain.

Head over to Hello Erin and check out the busy box we made for the ever stylish Lex.

We will all be sharing tutorials how we made each our boxes next Tuesday.  We hope you can share the ones you've made and link up with us for a giant Busy Box Blog Hop!


Have you made any of these before?  Any simple activities that your littles ones love to do?



28 comments:

  1. Super cute idea! Love this Busy bag blog hop ideas, and I can't wait to see what everyone came up with! (And PS- I love A's ponytail as well!!!) ;))

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  2. What a fun idea!! I love getting educational toys for Mason and really seeing him "get it" when he plays with them. Though I also love getting him to play with something for 40 minutes so I may have to pull out the penne and muffin tin idea too! :)

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  3. Oh my gosh, I am dying over the cuteness of this!! And the box you made for Lex? Adorable! I want to make one for Mia!

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  4. I was blown away at how "professional" Vanessa made this, the fishing rod? could it be any cuter? And I believe fuzzy pom poms can entertain little girls forever!

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  5. I had read how another blogger had her toddler make noodle necklaces with a ribbon and pasta. Our penne was too thin and the ribbon too wide so it didn't work for A so I just threw out the muffin tin thinking I could clean a few dishes since the baby was napping and she pretty much just sorted and dumped and sorted and shaked and dumped until the baby woke up. I was seriously in shock! We did it again a few days later, but the results didnt last as long. It's what inspired by pom sorting activity for Lex!

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  6. Haha, I love her pony. Her hair is so wispy in the front and sides that it has to be a super high pony or else they don't fit back. Of course then the bottom falls out, but whatever :)

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  7. This is so adorable!! I am loving checking out all of the boxes!

    Ellie and I would love to be included in a blog swap in the future!!

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  8. Glad you like it, hopefully you'll be able to pin some ideas for when Ellie is old enough to play too! Will definitely keep you guys posted for future swaps! This time we just went with moms of two year olds to keep the boxes consistent since it might have been hard to have skill levels ranging from young toddler to school age.

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  9. This exchange has blown me away! And I'm pretty sure I have a new appreciation for felt now!

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  10. So so fun! Hudson would love to go fish!

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  11. No joke right? I have a huge stash from felt food I never got around to making... guess I have no excuse now!

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  12. It's so cute, the detail is adorable.

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  13. THIS is genius. I love that fishing pole, Rae is so into fish right now that I'm sure this would keep her busy. The neatest exchange!!

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  14. What a cute idea! I love the idea of busy bags, and my daughter is close to that age where they can be beneficial. I may have to try some of these soon. :)

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  15. What an adorable idea! Mac is so into fishing right now, this would be a huge hit! Thanks again for organizing the swap! I love all of the ideas. And the busy bag we received was AMAZING. I think this was the best swap yet! I can't wait for your next idea!

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  16. How fun (and what great ideas I'm gathering for soon to be big brother)!! :)

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  17. Such a cute idea! Seriously! I'm obsessed with everybody's boxes!

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  18. omg B would love this! such a cute idea! and we have that book too and she loves the "blub. bluuuub. bluuuuuuuuuub" especially the way Matt reads it. :)

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  19. I am SO behind on reading all blogs, but had to finally take the time to read this post at a minimum! Love the fishing game---wanted to do that last year the first time I did this type of thing but never took the plunge. Anything that entertains a two year old for 40 minutes is a HUGE win. Also, her ponytail kills me. She is like a miniature soccer player! Love her.

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  20. I have got to make that one for O! He would love it and it looks like it would fit perfectly in my purse for outings. I love Ashlynn's pony, btw! Such a cutie!

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  21. Yay! I'm so glad Ashlynn liked it! I can't tell you how many times this simple little game has saved the day in restaurants. And the book--I just couldn't resist :)


    Another great swap, Erinn! I'm loving everyone's creations!!!

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  22. Haha, no pressure! And I only wish I would have thought of it right before Kenley was born. Would have been super clutch to have activities like this during those first few months! Hope it's helping you manage juggling two!

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  23. Haha, I read it and think of Pete. Mister Miz, he is totally blub, bluub, bluuuuub. Ha!

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  24. I know, the 40 minute pasta pile was insane! And I can't wait to sign this chickie up for soccer (and field hockey)!

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  25. Yes, it's totally the right size and oh so cute!

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  26. Oh yeah I totally understand she is a bit young for these right now! I so can't wait for the next one!! Thanks!!

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