Busy Bags

Busy Bags

So continue encouraging each other and building each other up, just like you are doing already1 Thessalonians 5:11

Serve: children waiting in a hospital emergency room

Connect: every child can relate to a time when he/she felt bored and also feelings of uncertainty, help children connect that these feelings are often magnified when a child is waiting in a hospital emergency room for treatment or for a loved one to receive care

Materials:

  • gallon size zipper bags
  • markers
  • labels with church name and address
  • for each busy bag:
    • 4-6 coloring pages
    • 4-6 blank drawing paper
    • 4 crayons, various colors (packs sold online)
    • sharpened pencil
    • stickers
    • 3-4 pipe cleaners (optional)
  • copy paper box for finished bags

Directions:

  • set up an assembly line of materials for the bags
  • have children write “Busy Bag” on a gallon zipper bag
  • show children how to fold the coloring pages and drawing paper hamburger style to fit neatly into the bag
  • ask children to assemble one of each item per bag
  • help children get as much air out of the bag as possible before closing
  • have children put a label with church information on the back of the bag
  • deliver assembled bags to a local emergency room

TIP: instead of tearing out coloring pages, break the binding to lay the book flat and use a paper trimmer

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