Friday, August 24, 2012

Australian Busy Bag Swap #2 - Expressions of Interest

Hannah from Paint On The Ceiling and I are very excited to announce our second Australian Busy Bag Swap! After the success of our first swap we're hoping this one will be even bigger and help more mums keep their toddlers 'busy' when they need to most! 

What is a busy bag? A busy bag is a small zip lock bag (or similar) containing an activity that can be done independently or with minimal assistance by your toddler! Basically it's a simple yet engaging activity to keep them busy while you're busy! Great for the car, shops, waiting room or while cooking dinner!

What is a busy bag swap?  A busy bag swap is an organised swap where a group of mums each put together and swap a set number of busy bags. e.g. If you're in a group of ten, you'd put together ten bags of the same activity. Then bags are exchanged so each mum goes away with 10 different activities, one from each of the other mums in her group! 

Here is how it will work!

We will be taking 'sign ups' from today until 2nd September '12. Only Australian residents can participate (apologies to our wonderful international friends). If you commit please ensure you can meet the deadlines to ensure everyone receives their bags of goodies complete and on time! 

Once sign ups close you will be assigned an activity (hopefully one of your choice but we don't want to double up!) Please start to think about an activity you would like to create and duplicate for your group.(perhaps have a 2nd choice in case it's taken)

Upon being emailed your activity you will be given one month to create your duplicate activities and post to myself or Hannah ready for swapping and sending back your completed Busy Bags! (Deadline will be early October)

All activities should be:

Grab & Go: The purpose of a busy bag is to have convenient activities with all necessary components ready to go! Confined to a zip lock or similar bag is ideal. They should be transportable and easy to use at home OR out and about!

Easy to use: The bags shouldn't need extra supplies, particularly those that are messy or need to be set up prior to use (ie. paint) Remember we're encouraging independent play!

Long Lasting: Choose activities that don't need to be restocked. Laminate where necessary. Try to have an activity that is age appropriate for an extended time frame too!

Inexpensive: Activities should come in at around $1-$2 each! We don't want the swap to be a huge cost to anyone. Try to use things you already have or be resourceful with second hand or inexpensive items.

How do I sign up?

Please email justfordaisy11(at)gmail(dot)com and include your
- Name
- Blog URL (if applicable)
- Age/gender of your child(ren)

Extra details you should know:

This Busy Bag Swap will run via mail only. 

Your busy bags will need to be posted to us by October 5 (all details in your sign up email), giving you about a month to complete your duplicate activities and post them off. 

Postage should be in a prepaid satchel (500g size may be okay for initial items - approx $6) and you should include an additional self addressed satchel (500g-3kg size necessary (approx $10) to receive all of your goodies back. (You may choose to go for express or registered satchels for an extra cost or for an extra $1 I think you can have a 'sign on delivery' option added!)

We would hope all recipients have received their completed busy bags by mid-late October! 

Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully having an even bigger group than we did last time. Please feel free to join in again and encourage your friends and families to participate as well! 

If you have a blog or facebook page please share our Busy Bag Swap with your readers and encourage others to join in!