Monday, March 26, 2012

Busy Bag Swap Criteria

Here is a listing of the busy bag criteria that we typically try to follow during our swaps:

I have adapted and used the criteria for our Preschool School Busy Bag Swap from HERE. All of the busy bags in this swap must meet the following criteria:

Self-contained. This way, you can just grab a bag and GO! (without having to add a number of supplies to the bag in order to make it useful.)
Transportable. Yes, they will definitely be used at home, but I want to be able to grab a few bags to take to a restaurant, a waiting room, plane trips, car rides, etc.
Convenient. None of the bags will have supplies that require major set-up or clean-up: (no paint, watercolors, liquids, sand, dirt, etc.)
Inexpensive. Don't spend the world on this project!  This needs to be affordable.  The aim to is spend around $1 per bag you make. You are welcome to spend more or less!  Let's see how frugal you can be!
Easy to Make: We are busy busy in our lives!  We don't want to spend days and days making these bags!
Re-usable. These activities should last a while! Therefore, we avoided activities where you would have to buy new supplies to re-stock the bag. This is why lamination is important for some of the activities.