In a busy bag swap, you create one activity for each mom participating. This way, when you swap activities, you have a collection of unique and ready-to-go busy bags! What I like about this is, you don't have that annoying little bit of left over supplies from making one little craft, and of course, I got a ton of thoughtfully created activities for Selah to play with!
For this busy bag swap, I made 'I Spy' bottles. These are great for the car, or on the potty!
To make the I Spy bottles you will need:
an empty bottle
(optional) disposable trays for rice dying
liquid food coloring
trinkets and tidbits for the kiddos to search for
hot glue gun
1) Color your rice.
I bought a huge bag of rice for $9.00 at the grocery store, and disposable aluminum pans for each different color. Use food coloring/alcohol in a 1:3 ratio. For example, I dyed an entire pan of rice with 1 Tbl food coloring and 3 Tbl rubbing alcohol. The alcohol helps spread the coloring evenly, and drys the rice really quickly!
2) Take pictures of each trinket for the 'I Spy' booklet
Here's where your trusty smart phone comes in handy. I snapped a quick photo of each item. Then, I used my Phonto app to label the picture, and made them into collages with my Diptic app. Viola! Then you can print, and laminate (if you want).
3) Put the trinkets into your bottle and fill with colored rice, leaving a little space at the top
4) Don't forget to hot glue the lid on!
5) Tie on your 'I Spy booklet'
6) Let your toddler play with the leftover rainbow rice. Then teach her to sweep!