Doodlebug Busy Bags is a monthly subscription service that sends fun seasonal crafts to my home. Each Doodlebug Busy Bag contains 4-8 crafts that help my son develop his fine motor skills, creativity and confidence. This subscription service is run by Kidable Adventures, who also produces the Little Thinker Box. My son loves the themes of the easy-to-assemble crafts, and I appreciate the tips contained on the detailed instruction sheets. New subscribers receive a nice big red bag, perfect for holding lots of beautiful Doodlebug crafts.
Every box contains neatly organized bagged crafts along with any other supplies that might be required, such as glue dots and magnets.
A general overview of all the crafts along with color pictures of the finished crafts is provided as well.
This month’s theme was Easter! Each craft comes in individual bags, which is nice, as the bags keep each craft’s parts contained. All nine Easter crafts piqued my son’s interest. He chose to start with one of the two sticker pages.
My son was so excited about decorating the Easter country road scene! He had a lot of fun deciding where to put the stickers. From the beginning, he decided to ignore the template provided on the instruction sheet; he wanted to make his own design decisions.
He was really proud of the way this turned out. He especially had fun feeding one rabbit a gigantic carrot.
Sticking with the sticker theme, he immediately grabbed the other sticker sheet and country scene and got to work.
He asked, “is the theme this month Easter?” Yes! This sparked a conversation about Easter and the Easter bunny. He is very excited about the Easter bunny!
Next, I suggested that he make the adorable sheep magnet. Like the preceding two activities, this one was straightforward enough that he could do it completely on his own. Since I was alone with the kids and my daughter was clamoring for my attention, the more he could do himself, the better!
The sheep required peeling and sticking and the ability to look at the template provided and determine the order in which pieces have to be applied. My son worked diligently as I read to my daughter.
Once he was done, my son added the magnet to our growing refrigerator collection.
Next, my son decided to make door hangers.
Like the magnet, this craft required lots of peeling and sticking.
My son needed minimal help with this: the directions tell you to punch out the holes in the glasses so that you can use the teardrops to affix the string on the back of the bunny.
Once he was done, he had fun searching for an appropriate place to hang his craft in our kitchen.
Nice! Continuing with the bunny hanger theme, next my son attempted the bunny holding the egg ornament.
As he continued to complete these activities, my son got increasingly excited about the Easter bunny. When does he come? Will he definitely visit our house?
Although still a peel and stick craft, this one was more difficult for my son. He needed some help determining where to apply the vest.
He was proud of the end result! Once he was finished, he again ran into the kitchen to find the perfect spot to display his creation.
I was especially excited about the next activity. After attempting several craft stick projects unsuccessfully, I was excited to see if this one worked out (gluing the small edges of craft sticks together doesn’t work well).
Once we laid out the items for the craft, I became optimistic this would work well. I love the foam backing idea!
My son really enjoyed this craft. It was slightly more challenging than the previous crafts as kids have to figure out how to arrange the craft sticks. Also, it’s slightly more challenging to configure the back side of this craft than previous crafts.
The result is adorable. This was my favorite of the crafts! My son quickly ran to the kitchen to find the perfect spot to hang the bunny.
Next, my son attempted the last of the hangers.
After affixing the eggs to each other, we decided to call it a night. We finished the craft the following morning.
My son had fun decorating the eggs. He wanted to make all of the design decisions himself.
The last two crafts were pieces of jewelry: a bracelet and a necklace.
This bracelet was rather challenging. There isn’t really a stopper at the end of the string, and knots of increasing size weren’t big enough to stop the beads from coming off the opposite end. Still, it was fun to do and the bracelet looked great at the end!
My son laid out his beads ahead of time. This allowed us to discuss symmetry and fair share. It also helped us discuss how to spell Easter.
Our final craft of the day was a Snoopy necklace. My son loves Peanuts, so he was excited about this!
My son laid out his beads for this necklace too. This time, he quickly put an even number of bead on either side of the Snoopy charm symmetrically.
This activity was much easier to complete than the bracelet as the beads had larger holes and it was easy to tie a knot at the end to keep the beads from falling off.
My son loved his Snoopy necklace!
My son and I had more fun crafty days thanks to Doodlebug Busy Bags. We can’t wait to receive next month’s Hello Spring-themed Doodlebug Busy Bag!
The Description: A monthly craft subscription for kids ages 3 – 8 that will keep little hands busy and little minds active. Each month your child will receive a bag of 4 – 8 curated crafts, often centered on a holiday or seasonal theme, and all the supplies your child needs to complete each activity.
The Price: $16.00 per month