Busy Bag Ideas – and the Weekly Kids Co-Op

Busy Bag Ideas | Octavia and Vicky

We were very lucky to be a part of Just for Daisy and Paint on the Ceiling’s most recent Busy Bag Swap. It was my first time as a ‘swapper’ and I loved it! Pebble loves playing with all the busy bags and they’re going to come in very handy with a little newborn around – I need all the help I can get to keep Pebble busy!

What’s a Busy Bag? A Busy Bag is an activity (often kept it a bag, but not always) that is age appropriate, portable and can be completed independently. Otherwise known as Mama’s Little Helper!

Here are some of the Busy Bags that Pebble has been enjoying playing with (click on the picture to see instructions – sorry, I couldn’t find links for instructions for all of them!):

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More Busy Bag Ideas to Try

Here are a few more that I’d love to try and make for her very soon… you know… in my spare time (ha!). Click on the pictures to visit the clever bloggers who made these busy bags AND see lots of other awesome ideas.

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party: The Food {and The Weekly Kids Co-Op)

Octavia and Vicky: Teddy Bear's Picnic Party ~ The Food

Hello! This week I’ve been sharing all of our Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party ideas after Pebble’s super cute 3rd birthday party. So far I have shared:

Today I’ll be sharing The Food!

I was very, very lucky to have LOTS of help with preparing the food for the party. My family are good caterers (perhaps over-caterers!) and we always help each other out for big family events by bringing along a plate of food to share. I personally only prepared a couple of things for the party.

My other secret weapon for catering is this: I only ever have ‘afternoon tea’ parties. We have a huge family which means that, with a few friends too, the numbers of invited guests easily reach at least 40 people. Lunch or dinner are just too much for me to even think about. So we don’t need to provide LOTS of food, just a few nice nibbles.

I made the cake, and these gorgeous Teddy Bears in Cars (‘recipe’ here), and threw the leftover lollies from both of those efforts into some cute paper cups. Apart from that I opened a packet of chips, chilled some pop-top juices and soft drinks, popped a few Iced Vovos and Triple Wafer biscuits on a plate and huzzah! Instant party.

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A very special thank you to these wonderful people:

My sister in law, who made super adorable teddy bear cupcakes. Can you see their little expressions? Their faces all had a different story to tell. Almost too cute to eat. Almost.

My mum, who made her famous sausage rolls, which we always serve cold. Do you like cold sausage rolls? Our family does.

My mother in law, who made her lovely, fresh sandwiches – some egg, some salmon, all delicious.

My Dad, who is the egg man. His business is eggs. So of course he and my step-mum brought along a plate of curried eggs and plain boiled eggs. Perfect picnic finger food.

Come back tomorrow to see the final post in the Teddy Bear’s Picnic Party series: The Activities!

The Weekly Kids Co-Op


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Family Friendly Lunch Box Treats with The Kids Co-Op

I think I may have been a little hungry when reading through last weeks Weekly Kids Co-Up posts. My favourites are all about tasty treats and family food! Make sure you check out these yummy recipes.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op Featuring:

Family Friendly Lunch Box Treats

  1. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls from Learning and Growing the Piwi Way
  2. Healthy Chocolate Mini Muffins from Mummy Musings and Mayhem
  3. Banana Chip Breakfast Bars from Buggy and Buddy
  4. Dinodilla Mexican Dinner from Kitchen Fun with My Three Sons
  5. 5 Ingredient No-Knead Bread from Lessons Learnt Journal
  6. Apple Cinnamon Yoghurt Muffins from Full Hands, Full Hearts

Welcome to The Weekly Kid’s Co-Op! Each week we get together and share family friendly activities for kids. Follow Kid’s Co-Op on Facebook & Pinterest to find family oriented, fun, unique and educational ideas all week long.

Note to Bloggers: By linking up, you agree that your photos are Pinterest-friendly and can be shared with credit on Weekly Kids Co-Op host blogs.  Any questions can be directed to Weekly Kids Co-Op coordinators, Krissy of B-Inspired Mama and Tricia of Two Big, Two Little.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op



Play, Craft, Parenting, Food and Technology with the Kids Co-Op

I am so excited to be joining in as a host of The Weekly Kids Co-Op in 2013!  For my hosting debut I have chosen to feature some of my favourite posts from last week’s link up, one for each of my favourite things to write about here at Octavia and Vicky: Play, Craft, Parenting, Food and Technology.

Featuring:

Play!

This awesome mud kitchen from Adventures at Home with Mum

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Craft!

A beautiful poppy seed pod painting from Happy Whimsical Hearts

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Parenting!

Clever ideas for organising toddler books by Growing Book by Book

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Food!

Cute and tasty kids snacks by Creative Kids Snacks

Best 12 of 2012 collage

Technology!

10 Great iPhone Apps for Babies by Learning to Play and Playing to Learn

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The Weekly Kids Co-Op

Welcome to The Weekly Kid’s Co-Op! Each week we get together and share family friendly activities for kids. Follow Kid’s Co-Op on Facebook & Pinterest to find family oriented, fun, unique and educational ideas all week long.

Note to Bloggers: By linking up, you agree that your photos are Pinterest-friendly and can be shared with credit on Weekly Kids Co-Op host blogs.  Any questions can be directed to Weekly Kids Co-Op coordinators, Krissy of B-Inspired Mama and Tricia of Two Big, Two Little.

The Weekly Kids Co-Op