Wednesday, August 28, 2013

No Sew Portable Roads Busy Bag Idea for Kids

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I am happy to be taking part of the Busy Bag of the Month Series and can you believe that I fit three mountains, ten roads, two lakes, five trees, oodles of bushes, a barn, and a handful of cars all into one bag?  Well, you better believe it!

This no sew car themed busy bag for kids is absolutely adorable!

No sew busy bag idea for kids who love cars and trucks from And Next Comes L

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When I originally made the roads for the magnetic roads (if you haven't checked them out, they are awesome!), I painted an additional ten roads.  Initially I was going to make two identical play sets, one for J and one for K.  Then I decided, instead, to make a magnetic play set and a non-magnetic play set. This busy bag is the non-magnetic set.

Car themed busy bag activity for kids from And Next Comes L

What You'll Need to Make This Car Themed Busy Bag for Kids

Here is what I used:

To make this version, I painted ten craft sticks with black acrylic paint.  When they were dry, I then painted the yellow dotted lines.  I also made pipe cleaner trees (instructions on how to make them can be found here on Play Trains).  The grass is simply two pieces of uncut green felt and the bushes are various green pom poms.  The lakes are just pieces of blue felt cut free hand.

Playing with the no sew road busy bag from And Next Comes L

Playing with a busy bag from And Next Comes L

Then I decided to make some mountains using scrap pieces of felt.  I simply folded a piece of grey felt until it was a mountain shape and used a hot glue gun to hold it together.  To make the mountains snow capped, cut a small piece of white felt and hot glue it to the top of the mountains.  You may have to trim the base of the mountain to make it sit flat.

Close up of road busy bag for kids from And Next Comes L

Close up of road busy bag for kids from And Next Comes L

Once you have all the pieces made, grab some vehicles and other accessories to finish it off.  I used the barn from the Safari Ltd. Down on the Farm Toob and various cars from the Safari Ltd. On the Road Toob.  If you have this toob, then you could also add some boats to the water.

Close up of road busy bag for kids from And Next Comes L

All the pieces easily fit in a large freezer bag for easy storage and maximum portability.

No sew car themed busy bag idea for kids from And Next Comes L

Other Ideas You'll Love

DIY Road Signs for Car Play

Invitation to Play: Cars & a Magna-Doodle

DIY Upcycled Car Dashboard Sensory Board


Be sure to check out the other amazing busy bags from the Busy Bag of the Month Series.

Counting Apples Busy Bag from The Educators' Spin On It
Building Block Busy Bag With Pool Noodles from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Touch and Feel ABCs Busy Bag from The Pleasantest Thing

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14 comments:

  1. I love this busy bag idea! It could be taken and played with anywhere. I have pinned this post.

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    1. Thank you for pinning, JDaniel4's Mom!

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  2. I love this! We'll be making it for sure!

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    1. That's great! I'd love to see your version when it's done.

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  3. This busy bag is so adorable! I just started making one similar to it the other day for my son! Love your ideas. :)

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    1. Cool. Be sure to blog about yours. I'd love to see it too!

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  4. Such a cute idea! You're so creative:) The kids must love it!

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    1. Thanks! J really loves the roads. He's been building letters, numbers, and words using them. Then drives a car along the roads. And K, well, he stretched the trees back into plain old pipe cleaners! Haha! Needless to say, they have been enjoying it.

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  5. Thanks for linking this gorgeous idea to Tuesday Tots. I have featured it this week :)

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    1. Thank you for featuring it, Deborah! I appreciate it!

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    2. lol, I knew I loved it, I'm featuring it again this week on Tuesday Tots again!

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    3. Hahaha, sweet! I only linked it up again because Cerys had put out a request for quiet time activities. But I am always happy to be featured again! :)

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  6. I made a version of this for my daughter after seeing your post. Instead of the craft sticks, I just bought charcoal gray felt and cut strips (and a few curves). I also bought a yard of fabric from JoAnn's, and cut it in half to make a larger, single piece play mat. My daughter loves it! I still have to cut out the lakes for her, and we are planning on making the trees tomorrow, but it's already a great success... and I have left over green felt for another project :) Thanks for a great activity!

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    1. Oh that is fantastic to hear! I am glad that she enjoys it!!

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