I have seen a lot of busy bag ideas for toddlers on blogs that I follow as well as on Pinterest. I thought that they would be perfect to make for little man for when we are at a dr.'s office, a restaurant or for rainy days. I saw THIS idea for Matching Color Shades using paint chips from the hardware store. I thought that it looked pretty easy and I'm happy to say that it was and little man loves it!
Here's how I made mine!
- Paint chips from your local hardware store (make sure you grab 2 identical sheets of each color you want)
- Scissors and/or a Paper Cutter
- Glue (I used Aleene's Tacky Glue)
- Baggie for your finished project
First, I took the paint chips and trimmed off all of the pain color names. That sheet became the "base" or the sheet that the clothespins will clip to. Then, I took the second set of matching sheets and cut rectangular strips that were just wider than the clothespins. I then cut the strips apart, trimming the white borders away, so that they were little individual rectangles.
Next, I glued the small color swatch rectangles to the top of the "clippy part" of the clothespins
Let them dry and you are all done!
I stored mine in a quart sized ziploc baggie. I think it might be a little bit overwhelming for little man to have so many color choices to work with. So, I am planning on putting 2-3 sets in a couple different bags. I would also love to find some fabric bags to use, rather than plastic!
I surprised little man with these while we were waiting at the chiropractor's office. Huge success! He loves it! It kept him entertained almost the entire visit and he loves choosing which color sheet to work on. He still needs a little help with getting his shades correct, but then again, I'm not sure if he's just having fun with me.
I definitely want to make some more colors for him soon! He asks to play with them constantly!
Have you ever made any busy bags for your little one? What have you made?