I am still looking in to what book the ideas came from. I can't tell just by looking at the bags. Each mom paid for the materials for her activity (28 bags-more than I remembered). Like I said mine was matching those sticky foam shapes. I bought a ton at the Dollar Store. I put one of the pair on a "Bingo" card and the other is loose in the bag. The objective is to match the foam shapes.
All the activities are in a gallon zip lock bag with the directions on the bag.
Here are some good ones I found that would not be too hard to do on your own....
Rice bottle- fill an old water bottle with rice and stuff with lots of mini trinkets (pom-pom, bead, flower, noodle, wiggle eye, straw piece, penny, clothes pin etc) Then hot glue the lid on. Kids play an eye spy game in the rice.
Mini Chalk Board- this was a chalk board from the dollar tree. It already has chalk in it. The bag has a sheet of ABC's and Numbers to practice.
Colored Paper clips--- This bag has five different colored paper clips and matching colors of paper. The child is to clip the paper clip to the matching paper.
Texture Rubbing- this is a bag with paper and crayons and cool things to rub and make a texture.
Pipe Cleaners- Pony Bead and pipe cleaners. String them on to make a pattern or any thing they would like.
All Mixed Up- This bag honestly has all kinds of junk in it. Around the house things like the rice jar. Each item has 3-4 others just like it. Match the like items
Magnify it-- This bag has a cheap magnify glass and once again junk from around the house.
Let's Go Fishing- A dowel rod with string and a magnet. Then pieces of foam that have two staples together to pick up with the magnet
String It- Lots of wodden beads and different things to string on.
Tissue Paper Collage- This bag has large square paper, lots of cut up tissue paper and a glue stick.
Punchy- Punchy-- This one has one of those cool hole punches that makes a shape and lots of ribbon and paper to punch
Spoons-- Lots of different colored spoons for sorting.
There are more, but these are the ones that would be easy for my 2 year old. Some of the other ones are ABC's and Numbers. Maybe for 2.5 or 3.
I will still look in to finding the name of the book, but if you really wanted to you could make most of the bags and not spend much money.
Sorry this was sooo LONG