My kids love creative projects, but crayons and markers can be a little messy on the go. (I found this out when we accidentally melted a crayon in a car seat on our last car trip!) So for this month’s Busy Bag project, I created a Magnet Art Busy Bag.
Creating this Magnet Art Busy Bag only takes a couple minutes and supplies that you most likely already have around the house. But, it’s a kids’ activity that will keep the kids busy and is easy to bring in the car or to the doctor’s office. (P.S. This is a great way to up-cycle those magnets that come on phone books!)
I’ve joined a team of bloggers (Coffee Cups and Crayons, Making Boys Men, The Pleasantest Thing, The Educators’ Spin On It) who will be giving you a new set of busy bag ideas at the end of each month. You’ll find a link to the next blogger in this series at the end of this post. Follow through the links in each of our posts to find plenty of ideas to keep your kids busy (and you sane). We also have made a special Busy Bag Pinterest board that you can bookmark and follow to have plenty of boredom busters right at your finger tips!
Supplies for a Magnet Art Busy Bag
- Old magnets (the type that advertise pizza places or that come on phone books are perfect)
- Colored paper (I used construction paper)
- Small Metal Tray (optional)
- Small plastic bag (for storing the magnet shapes)
How to Make a Magnet Art Busy Bag
Glue colored construction paper to the magnets.
Trim colored paper to fit the magnets.
Have I mentioned how glad I am to get rid of these old magnets on my fridge. My kids love magnets, so we seem to always accumulate unattractive magnets on our refrigerator. Now, our magnets are up-cycled into magnet art!
Using a ruler, outline shapes on the magnets.
Keep each color the same size and shape. Rectangles, triangles, and squares work best.
Note: For small children, be sure not to cut the shapes so small that they are a choking hazard.
Cut out the shapes.
How to Use a Magnet Art Busy Bag
Let your child create their own art using the shapes. They can do so on a metal surface such as the refrigerator door or on a metal baking pan. A small metal baking pan (such as the kind that come with a toaster oven) is perfect for playing with Magnet Art on the go. You can usually find small pans like these inexpensively at thrift or discount stores.
More Busy Bag Ideas
Don’t miss last month’s popular Sticky Blocks busy bag (it’s even easier than my Magnet Art busy bag!)
And, be sure to head over to Coffee Cups and Crayons for a great and practical busy bag that teaches kids how to tie shoes! (I need to make one of these.)
If you are on Pinterest (and if not, just bookmark this link), be sure to follow our Busy Bag Pinterest board. It’s a great resource for finding ideas for kids’ activities that can be packed in a bag or box!
If you have any busy bag ideas, we would love for you to share them in the comments thread. We’ll be pinning and sharing ideas throughout the month!
Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a mom, weekly Greenville News columnist, and blogger also at Kidding Around Greenville SC. Welcome to my parenting blog No Twiddle Twaddle, all about adding a little magic to kids’ lives through play and reading. If you are new, don’t miss my popular posts: 10 Tips for Reading to Babies, Skin Therapy Play Dough, and Fireworks in a Bottle.