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Preschool Busy Bag Ideas with Free Printable

I periodically post the activities I have for Little Sis. I have to rotate them often to keep her attention. I have a stash of busy bags that she can pull out while the big kids are doing school.

Here are a couple of activities I added this week:


In this activity, she uses clothes pins and playing cards. She places a clothes pin on each diamond on the card and then counts. This helps with number recognition and 1 to 1 correspondence.


I have seen this activity on Pinterest, but I couldn’t find any templates for the block patterns. If you scroll down, I made a template of my own that you are welcome to use.


She uses duplo blocks to match the patterns.

Duplo Pattern Template Click here to Download——-> Duplo Pattern Template

The template is in black and white so you can customize to the blocks you have. Enjoy!

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Projects Waiting in the Wings (17)

I spend a lot of time blog hopping and bookmarking different projects that I want to try. I thought I’d share a few that are on my to-do list with you…

A Quiet Book

Ruffle T-Shirt Dress (I tried this one today… It didn’t work out so well… I’m not giving up though. It’s so cute)

Eye Spy Bag

A Sweater for My Husband

An Amigurumi Dinosaur

There’s so much to make!!! I would love to have a week where my only responsibility is to make things. And… all my materials are paid for. And… my sewing machine obeys me.

I have been a busy bee… I’ve been up to my eyeballs in cupcake T-Shirts for some pretty cool Cupcake Kids. I’ll be talking more about them later this week.

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Goldilocks and The Three Bears- Amigurumi Pattern (8)

This is my first attempt at writing and sharing a crochet pattern. I hope that it makes sense and is helpful. It doesn’t require much yarn. I think I used Vanna’s Choice… but Red Heart Super Saver would work too.

Hook size: E
Also needed: poly- fil, plastic safety eyes

Pattern is the same for all four puppets… you choose the colors you want for the bears, goldilocks, etc.

Round 1: Ch. 2,  SC 6 in the second Ch from hook (6 sts)
Round 2: SC 2 in each SC around (12 sts)
Round 3: *SC 1, 2 SC in next SC * Repeat 6 Times (18 sts)
Round 4: *SC2, 2 SC in next SC* Repeat 6 Times (24 sts)
Round 5- 8: SC 24
Round 6: *SC 2, Dec 1* Repeat 6 Times (18 sts)
**Work on face: Attach eyes and embroider nose and mouth**
Round 7: *SC 1, Dec 1* Repeat 6 Times (12 sts)
**Stuff with Poly-fil**
Round 8: Dec 1 6 Times (6 sts)
Round 9: SC 2 in each SC (12 st)
Round 10: SC 12
**Repeat round 10 until desired length is reached (about 1 3/4 inches)

Goldilock’s Hair:
Cut several strands of yellow yarn, about 10 inches each. I wove these into the top two or three rounds and tied them off… then cut to desired length and make pig tails.

That’s it… I hope everything makes sense!
Feel free to use this pattern however you’d like…I’d love to hear back and find out if you like it and have used it.
If you like these cuties, but don’t want to make them, feel free to visit my etsy shop. Use MONKEY10 to save 10%

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