Friday, 01 May 2015 18:11

Busy Bag Mom's Night Out

Written by  Colleen

I just wanted to share a really fun idea with you all for a FANTASTIC Mom’s Night Out. I love a good MNO – and we all know that patio happy hour + sangria = a happy mom!

It’s great to kick back and relax every once in a while with some other hardworking mamas! But, what if you could enjoy some time with other mama’s AND come home with some AMAZING activities to keep your little ones busy and engaged for the next week?! Well, I had that opportunity at my latest MNO and I just had to share.

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My mom’s group gals and I got together to create busy bags for our tots. If you don’t know what a busy bag is, there are about a million and one ideas on Pinterest. They are toddler friendly activites that fit into a small bag, designed to keep little ones engaged and “busy”. Busy bags are a fantastic way to keep little ones busy while you clean up, prepare dinner, or catch up on a few emails. They also can be wonderful opportunities to engage in learning activities with your child.

busy bags mom's night out group

We had 11 mamas participate in our Busy Bag MNO, so in the end I came home with 11 wonderful activities for G. Of course, I pulled one out right away the next morning as I cleaned up from breakfast and she was enthralled.

   G using her busy bag     busy bag is a hit!

Here’s a list of the busy bags we got from our exchange:

  1. Counting Boards with Pom-poms
  2. Clip Stick Counting
  3. Stick Shapes
  4. Pool Noodle Lacing
  5. Ice Cream Color Matching
  6. Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?
  7. Heads & Tails Animal Matching
  8. Button Snakes
  9. Get Ready to Write Tracing Cards
  10. Pizza, Pizza – Build a Pizza
  11. Picture Puzzles

So go grab your mom friends and get creative!!! (And don’t forget the Sangria.)



Colleen is a former Kindergarten teacher and early childhood educator turned stay-at-home mommy. She's an educational consultant with Usborne Books & More and has a passion for literacy and early childhood education! She enjoys reading and spending time with her toddler, G.