Every month we look forward to a lovely box of craft materials arriving at the house for us to get creative with as part of our roles as Bostik Bloggers.
The theme for September is ‘monsters’ which is perfect for this time of year with Halloween just around the corner.
I had a good look through the bits and pieces that we were sent and decided to create a ‘make a monster’ busy bag activity.
When Rhys was a toddler I made him a whole pile of busy bags that we would take out and about with us.
They were perfect for keeping him occupied any time we had to sit and wait anywhere. We took them with us on a trip to the Isle of Man when he was 2 and they kept him quiet for a good part of the long boat ride over.
I’ve not felt the need to use them so much with Nerys, but with 2 meetings at school this week that both children will have to sit through it seemed like a perfect time to create a new busy bag to try and keep them quiet.
If you fancy making this ‘make a monster’ busy bag for your children, here’s what you’ll need:
- Card, cut to A5 size
- Felt in assorted colours
The first thing you need to do is cut a piece of felt to the same size as your card and then glue the two pieces together.
This will give you a nice sturdy felt ‘board’ for your children to assemble their monsters on.
Next, cut out a few monster body shapes.
I kept my monster bodies quite simple, but you can be as creative as you like with the shapes you cut out. Just make sure they fit on the board you just made, with room around for arms and legs.
Once you’ve got a few bodies cut out, you can get really creative with cutting out features for your monsters.
Use whatever colour felt you like, to cut out shapes to be used for eyes, noses, mouths, teeth, arms, legs, and antennae.
Now all that’s left to do is let your children start making monsters!
This is such a great activity for getting them using their imaginations. If you cut up enough different pieces then there are so many potential monsters they could create!
This is a really great activity to pop in a little ziplock bag inside your handbag when you’re headed out somewhere with your children and you know you’ll need to keep them entertained for a while.
So if you know you’ll be sitting in a waiting room at the doctor’s or the dentist, then put this in your bag to give your children something to do while you all wait.
Do you use busy bags with your little ones? If you do what is their favourite?
If you’ve not come across them before, then head over to Pinterest and search for busy bags, there are 100s of ideas on there to inspire you to get busy making some of your own!
I was sent a box of craft materials to create this post, but all words, opinions and creations are my own.