Our big transatlantic flight is coming up soon, and I've been fervently working on busy bags for the kids to keep them distracted happy during the flight. Honestly, most of the activities are really for K, but we're hoping N will at least enjoy messing around with the materials. (Please, God.)
Of course, I've been scouring Pinterest for all the best busy bag ideas. If you haven't jumped on this train yet, you're in for a treat. Busy bags are simple activities that can be fit into a small bag, usually the quart-sized plastic zippered variety. The idea is that they can be used during church, road trips, flights, or even at home while you're working on something else, or another child is napping. They also come in the form of quiet books/busy books, but ain't nobody got time for all that sewing right now!
I've put together about twenty so far, borrowing from some of the best bloggers out there. This felt Mr. Potato Head one is my favorite so far, although I didn't make mine into a book page. Today I came up with my own busy bag that is SUPER quick to make: magnetic dominoes.
You know those colored dot stickers you can get in the office supply section of any store?
Well, I cut out small cards from white card stock, roughly 2" x 3" in size, added a simple black line down the middle, and slapped one of these bad boys on either end. To top it off, I adhered a small strip of magnet to the back. (You know, the ones with the peel-able adhesive on the back.) Check it out...
Legit, right? They remind me of Candy Land cards.
These simple dominoes are perfect for a young preschooler. You could even do them with character stickers, numbers, letters, etc. They're perfect for traveling because your toddler can play with them on a metal cookie sheet. We found a small metal tray for K to use on the plane. How cute is this?
He's going to love it.