This Clothesline Busy Bag has sat in a tote full of activities that I cycle through with my grand-daughter. Recently I pulled out this one, for the first time and spent some time showing her how to clip the fabric with a clothes pin. The fine motor skills needed for this activity were a stretch for Miss Joyness, which made this a fantastic activity for her on that morning. I originally found the idea and pattern for this busy bag at Money Saving Mom.
To make this activity I used felt from the stash that supplied other busy bags, and found a package of clothes pins at Target. After I made the felt set I took some other fabric scraps and cut a lightweight cotton set as well.
After I finished working with Miss Joyness, I left her to play independently. She played quietly while I finished worked on a couple of tasks.
When I checked on her a few minutes later I found her expanding on the activity. Some of the clothes had been put into sets, and others were being folded into a neat stack.
All in all, this activity didn’t last very long. After sorting, pinning and folding Miss Joyness wanted a “doll” to dress with the clothes. Much to her frustration we were not able to come up with what was in her imagination. We have one of those wooded “dress the doll” activities and I think she was imaging that we could whip up something like that. All in all this was an activity that held her interest for a few minutes, but I think we missed the age and developmental window on it.
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