Activity Toddler Time: Busy Bag Exchange Part 3

This is part 3 of the Busy Bag Exchange. has some great ideas check out their website.

I’m sharing some experiences and ideas from the recent busy bag exchange I posted.

Today I’m sharing the preschool aged busy bags from the exchange.

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Activity Toddler Time: Busy Bag Series Part 2

Now that you have completed part 1 of the busy bag exchange, here is part 2.

Today I’m sharing the 19 activities that were part of our toddler exchange. You can see the rest of the ideas I gathered for the swap on this google doc.

I’m also sharing what my 18 month old daughter, Adelaide, thinks of the activities we’ve tried as well.

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Recipes: Apple Crisp

In my last post I shared our favorite recipe for Peach Pie.  This is another family favorite, Apple Crisp.  Your can substitute the apples for peaches, pie cherries or your favorite fruit.

Apple Crisp:

4 Apples peeled, cored and sliced

1/2 cup sugar

2 Tbsp flour

Sprinkle Cinnamon and Nutmeg


1/2 cup flour

1/2 cup oats

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup butter

3/4 tsp cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350.  Place apples, sugar, and flour in 9″ baking dish and mix together.  Combing the topping in a separate bowl and mix.  Spread the crumble mixture over the apples and bake for 35 min.

Enjoy with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream on top.

Scripture Journal Tutorial: Part 3- Studying by Topics

This is the last of the Scripture Journaling series.  I hope it inspired you as much as it did me.

There are 2 ways to do a Topics Scripture Journal. You can either pick topics beforehand and list them alphabetically and then fill the appropriate page out when you study, or you can gather topics as you do your chapter studies. To do the latter:

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Activity Toddler Time: Hosting a Busy Bag Exchange

I was recently looking for a project to keep my toddler busy while going places and came across this website that hosted a “Busy Bag Exchange”  What a great idea!  I will be making these for sure.  This is part 1 in a 3 part series.

Recently I hosted a busy bag exchange with 20+ of my friends (and their friends). It’s an idea that I’ve seen around the web lately, especially getting inspiration from here and here. I liked the idea that I would work on one project (well two since we hosted two separate swaps) and in return get a variety of activities for my 18 month old daughter.

Here are my tips if you want to host an exchange:

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Recipes: Peach Pie

My favorite part of Fall is the harvest.  Peaches, apples, corn yummm.  After we have bushels of peaches I always make pie.  Here is our favorite family recipe for Peach Pie.  Our families next favorite harvest dessert is Apple Crisp.  I’ll give you that recipe in the next post.

Pie Crust:

3 1/8 Cup flour

1/2 Tbsp. salt

1 1/4 Cup shortening

Mix together until it forms small peas.

Then take :

2 1/2 cup of the mix above and add:

1/4 Cup ice water

1 egg

1 Tbsp white vinegar

Barely mix until just moist (this will keep the crust flakey, the more you mix the tougher it gets )

Divide the dough into 2 parts.  Roll out dough and place into a lightly greased pie dish.  You can also carefully roll the pastry around the rolling pin and then “unroll” it into the dish, it’s less likely to break this way.

Then add the pie filling from below.  Now roll out you second piece of dough and place carefully on top of your pie.  Dampen the top edge of the base with a very small amount of water to help join the two layers before laying on the dough and then I use a fork to push the edges together.
Cut vent holes.  Bake at 425 30- 45 min. or until it bubbles and the crust is brown.

Peach Pie Filling:

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons flour
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 tablespoons butterStir dry ingredients together.
Sprinkle peaches with lemon juice and almond extract.
Add dry ingredients and toss gently to mix.

Enjoy hot with a dollop of whipped cream.  Delicious!

Scripture Journal Tutorial: Part 2- Studying By Chapters

Here is the 2nd part for Scripture Journaling…

As I mentioned before, I have two journals- one that is a chapter by chapter study, and the other is for Topic based study. Each of my journals has a table of contents that is blank so I can fill it in as I go along.

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