Today is our second installment of Thoughtful Thursday and this week it’s all about keeping little ones busy! Kerina (Kaz) from Living on a Latte is sharing her organised and smart idea to help keep little ones entertained and educate them at the same time, now that’s what I call clever!
Tell us about yourself…
Hi I’m Kaz and I am a coffee addicted, primary school teacher, who is very happy being a stay at home mum to my two beautiful little girls. I love all things to do with organisation and have an obsession with containers. Finding the perfect container to store something in is the ultimate buzz !
Tell us about your blog….
My little blog (Living on a Latte) is nearly a year old. I love my blog because I get to share all the things I love – Organising, parties, camping, shopping finds, kid’s art’n'craft, “Project Life:, decorating and so much more. As a teacher I loved having a community of sharing ideas and great finds. With my blog and the fabulous blogging community I have found, I feel that I can keep that spirit of sharing going!
Tell us about your smart idea!
One of the best things I have created in the last year to make my life easier is my busy bag collection.
My ‘Busy bags’ were I suppose you could say an invention of necessity. I had a 3 month old baby with reflux that didn’t sleep well during the day or night as well as a not quite two year old who wanted her mummy to do lots of things with her.
Busy bags saved my sanity and kept both my girls happy.
A busy bag is basically a small bag that holds everything you need for a child to “play” or “explore’ an activity. Busy bags are truly magic. You can have everything organised in little bags to whip out when needed. Everything your child needs is right there. I could whip out a bag whenever I needed to without straining my sleep deprived brain. When I introduced a new bag it would take me a quick minute (or less) to show her what do and then I could leave her to it. Most of the time I would just check on her occasionally. I’d walk past in the middle of cooking tea, trying to settle bubs or popping a load of washing on. I’d praise what she was doing or give her that quick helping hand. But the great thing was if things were completely crazy, she didn’t need me and she could happily play and learn independently.
I have made a few busy bags which I have shown in a few different posts on the blog and many more I haven’t. I will hopefully share some new ideas soon. In the meantime there are lots of ideas for busy bags on the internet. I have found so many and pinned them on Pinterest. Feel free to come and check out my Pinterest boards. You can find the link on my blog. If Pinterest is not your thing just Google busy bags for oodles of ideas.
To find out more about Kaz’s amazing organisational skills and her clever ideas head over to Living on a Latte.
Someone please remind me to make some of these bags for Little Miss A!!! Maybe it will stop her from playing with my lipstick and nail polish!