If you have a toddler at home, you know the struggle of finding ways to occupy their busy little bodies. With just a bit of creativity and a few things around your house, you can find simple ways to have fun at home. These cute bags are the perfect toddler activity to do together. Plus, once you have a finished product, there is lots more fun to come!
My son, Bo, is obsessed with balls these days. He holds onto them at all times, sometimes trying to squeeze three or four into his tiny hands. We have these boxes sitting in our recycle bin every week, so I thought I’d repurpose them to make some fun bags for him to carry all his balls. He loved the creative part, and he immediately figured out a good use for his bag.
Before you start this toddler activity, you’ll need to collect a few items. For this project, I used squeeze pouch boxes. Aldi’s pouches come in fours, and the box size is perfect for a toddler bag. You can use a pouch box like this, or you can find your own cardboard container. You’ll also need scissors, a single hole punch, string, tape, paper, crayons, and any other decorations.
To start, I cut off the top of the box, so it would be an open cavity. You can do this with scissors or an exacto knife. Next, I let my little guy color and decorate a bit. Grab some index cards or blank paper, and let them go to town. I keep a big roll of brown butcher paper in the house for times like these. It’s great to use as coloring paper, but it can also double as gift wrap! It comes in a large amount, so you can tear off whatever you need at the time. It comes in so handy!
When you have a little masterpiece, cut out a section to put on the cardboard box. Let them help you tape their work onto the box and decorate the rest of the exterior. This was Bo’s favorite part. I used Washi tape, and he was so excited to help attach his paper to the cardboard. Then we used a couple index cards and connected them with more, fun tape. You could also use stickers, pom poms, or glitter pens to decorate your bag. There’s no right or wrong way to dress it up. Let them have fun and cover as much of the box as they can.
Once your bag is fully decorated, you’ll need to punch holes in the top. These holes will hold the string for your bag’s “handles”. With the front of the box facing you, punch corresponding holes in the far left and far right side of the box. These holes will need to be about an inch from the top of the opening. Do the same on the other side. (Note: If your toddler is anything like mine, you might find them getting a bit distracted. Case in point – the hole punch in the mouth.)
Then, cut two pieces of string. Lengths can vary depending on how long you want your handles to be, but I used pieces that were each about a foot long. Take one piece of string and put an end in the left hole and then the other end in the right hole. Bring the two ends together on the inside of the box and tie a knot. Do this again on the other side. When you’re done, you have two handles – essential elements of this bag!
And that’s it for this toddler activity! It’s simple, not too flashy, and will give your toddler something to do for a bit. Let them pack in their favorite small toys or better yet, collect all those pouch caps and work on some color sorting! Who knew a box of squeeze pouches could be so useful?