(This post contains affiliate links) So, what exactly is a ‘busy bag’ anyway? Busy bags are basically simple activities for toddlers and young children, stored in bag of some sorts, ready to go – they’re fun activities that your child can do on their own, that keep them happily entertained for a little while. If you have a craft box at home, you can whip up a couple of busy bags in no time!
Here’s what you’ll you’ll need:
- craft sticks
- elastic ribbon/tape
- foam sheets
- pom poms
- clothes pins
- velcro dots
- ziploc bags
Busy Bag 1: Clip Stick Counting Bag
This busy bag is great for fine motor development and beginner maths! Get all the details here (schooltimesnippets.com)
Busy Bag 2: Popsicle Shapes Bag
Kristen, of PinningWithPurpose.Blogspot.com, crafted shapes for her kids to copy with ice-pop sticks. To make this busy bag for your little one,paint some popsicle sticle sticks in different colors and attach velcro dots to the ends of the sticks (both end, but one side only) Cut out different shapes in colored card and ask your child to build the shape with the matching colored popsicle sticks.
Busy Bag 3: Word Play Bag
These flashcards are so cool! All you do is download and print the flashcards, and keep them in a busy bag with a whole bunch of clothes pegs that you’ve written letters on. Get your child to copy the word – great for kids age 3 and up!
Busy Bag 4: Color Game for Toddlers Bag
Angela from teachingmama.com cameup with a SUPER cute busy bag idea that even the littlest kids will love. Check it out here (teachingmama.com)
Busy Bag 5: Paper Clip Bag
This is a great one – all you need is a box of colored paper clips and a couple of colored cardboard circles. (Nicolette at powerfulmothering.com has been kind enough to create a printable if you’d prefer)Get the full instructions here.
Busy Bag 6: Lacing Cards
Choose any picture that your child loves; it could be their favorite cartoon character or their favorite animal, and laminate it so that it lasts longer. Then punch holes around the sides. Get shoelaces in different colors and ask your little one to thread around the edges. So simple! (found at pinningwithpurpose.blogspot.com)
Busy Bag 7: Button Snakes
Little ones love this, and it really is great for fine motor development and hand eye co-ordination. Check out preschoolpowolpackets.com for all the details.
While i was looking for ideas, i came across this super fun color scavenger hunt post by Amanda from ArtsyMomma. I had to include it, so here’s a little bonus link. Check this out. (artsymomma.com)
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