Saturday, July 28, 2012

Little Busy Bag Swap

You will make X number of identical bags (such as: 12 color wheel bags) for everyone in your swap. There is no need to spend more than $1 a bag.  Some will cost more (closer to $1 a bag) to make and some will cost less (pennies or free).  The same is true for how long it will take to make them.  The bags will be designed for children aged 1-5. 

Choose an idea from the list provided or come up with your own idea.  You can modify the ideas as needed, the links are for your convenience. You can also look for ideas on pinterest or here

Put your activity into a gallon-sized bag if possible. As you put together your activity, keep in mind that it should be easy to pull out and use, so include anything you can to make the activity complete including instructions and a label written on the front. No need to laminate paper pieces. Each of us can laminate when we receive our bags, if we wish to do so.

Put together the quality kind of bag you would want to receive in return. This is really important to remember! Of course we want to be cheap but we also want the activity to hold up to toddler use. Adapt your project if it looks like it could cost more than $1.  It still needs to be functional, but make sure it’s as low-cost as possible! I can tell you from experience that if you do not price out your materials (and shop around with coupons if necessary) it WILL cost you more than you expect.

The deadline for signing up for the swap is August 24.  Please select your item and let me know by then--comment here or e-mail me at kama_blogs(at)live(dot)com.  We will meet to swap our bags in one month (date and place to be decided).  We will see if a weekday evening or weekend afternoon would work better for everyone!  This should give you plenty of time to get your projects done. 

For the exchange, bring a large storage tote to bring all the other projects home in.  We will get together and each person will have a chance to talk about your project and then we will pass it around for everyone to take one. 

So in short:
Self Contained (in a Ziploc)
Transportable (useable at home, in a restaurant, car, etc.)
Convenient (no major set-up or clean-up)
Reusable (projects that you don’t have to restock the bags)
Easy to Make (you don’t need to spend hours making each one…unless you want to)
Inexpensive (less than $1 a bag)

*These rules were compiled from a few different websites. 
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