Sunday, February 21, 2010

Preschool Activities in a Bag Swap AND a GIVEAWAY!

Friday we participated in a Preschool Activities in a Bag Swap. I'd seen the idea online and decided to do some investigating to figure out how to hold one. I soon found the website and realized there were 2 whole Ebooks dedicated to activity ideas for preschoolers that could fit into a gallon sized zip lock bag! I was so excited and knew I had to plan a swap!

We are blessed to have found a church with LOTS of young children. {If you go to CF and are reading this you are probably laughing to yourself because saying LOTS of children almost seems like an under statement.} I knew there would probably be a decent sized group of us who could get together and exchange the activity bags we had made. 

I decided to go ahead and order the Preschool Activities in a Bag Book 1 and Science Experiments in Bag Book 1 bundle in prepartion for this swap I was wanting to organize. I was so excited once I downloaded the book because along with instructions for putting together 33 activities there were exact instrustions on how to organize a swap. Perfect! Although this wasnt suggested in the book I went ahead and set up a Facebook Event because most of the ladies, with preschool aged kids,from church are on FB. It seemed like the easiest thing to do to get responses. Unfortunately, FB has a new set up and several people didn't get notified of the event and didn't find out about it until after the RSVP date had come and gone.  So, maybe I should have followed the directions in the book a little better and planned the old fashioned phone calls. Oh well. Live and learn.The only good thing that could come out of that is we might have to do another one in the future!

I decided to do a social swap where you all get together and exchange the bags and visit. My friend, Abby, graciously opened her home and we let all the kids play. Hopefully they didn't destroy her house too bad! Not everyone made it to the swap because of sickies going around but in the end we'll end up with 18 bags each. That's 18 different activities to let our younger ones sit down and do while we can be getting something else done! 
{Think dinner or helping an older child with school work}
Ava is technically in Kindergarten but most of the activities are still ones she will enjoy doing. Audrey will be there within a couple years so we'll be getting more use of them with her and eventually Owen. I'm so excited to get to put these to use!

And now for the exciting part!! 

Activity Bags has donated an Ebook of choice for a GIVEAWAY!!   

The winner can choose any one of the Ebooks offered here.
 The comments will be open through March 1st and a winner will be chosen March 2nd, 2010 through a random number generator.
You can get up to 3 entries. 
Heres how to enter: 
  • Leave a comment on this post
  •  Follow me (and leave a comment letting me know you are). If you already are following this blog, leave a comment letting me know.
  • Share this on Facebook, Twitter or your blog. Then, come back and leave a comment (and link if its your blog) letting me know how you shared it.

It's as simple as that! I'm excited to get to share this wonderful resource with someone else!


  1. So fun Lindsay! We did this swap a few years ago. I organized it and it was huge! We didn't do the social swap, although that would have been fun. Our ladies were spread out around the metroplex pretty far. We did 2 swaps and then a friend that was in the swap blessed me with a set she had done when my baby was teeny. So, we have about 60 activities. Could use more though! haha!

  2. Following you now and posted on FB. :)

  3. Sounds like a lot of fun! Would love to have some activities like this for Exie, would be perfect when the baby comes! I'm following you on here. :)

  4. Thanks for such a generous giveaway. I would love to try these activities, as we have four children ages 1-7, and have one more on the way due in October! Keeping little hands busy is always on the top of my list! Thanks again!

  5. I am now following you through my bloglines! So glad I stumbled upon your blog!

  6. You're doing such a good job with your blog! Keep up the good work!

  7. Glad your swap was a success. Hope we can make it to the next one!

  8. I'm a follower of your blog!!! : )

  9. I placed a link to your blog on my FB status.

  10. I did a swap a few years ago and it was so fun. My younger kids still play with all that is in my big box. Love your blog too

  11. I posted it on FB and am following your blog!

  12. This sounds awesome. I am definately interested. I am following you and will post it on FB as well!

  13. I would love to have one of these for my children! Thanks for offering this giveaway.

  14. Oh! I've thought about getting one of these books and doing a swap! this would be wonderful to win! Thanks for the chance!

  15. I've really been wanting to try these out with my preschooler. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  16. What a great give away! We did a preschool swap a year ago and it has been great to have the bags for my 5 and 2 year olds. I would love to do a science swap for my older kids!

  17. I've heard great things about activity bag swaps! Great giveaway!
    miamichickens at yahoo dot com

  18. I have shared you on Facebook once before & now again today (o:

  19. I have you linked from my famous blog (o:

  20. Posted a link to this on my facebook page!

  21. Greetings,

    I noticed your great blog and the wonderful photos of from your Activity Bag swap! My name is Sherri MacLean, one of the authors of Preschool Activities in a Bag - and we would love to post your photos on our web site. We are searching for swap photos to post on our site. If that would be okay with you, could you please email me any photos you have to Thanks you so much in advance!


    Sherri :)
    "Where fun and education fit in the same bag."


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