5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas

| January 27, 2013 | 14 Comments

Busy bag ideas for toddlers and preschoolers are popular among homeschooling families to keep young children entertained while the older children are doing school, but they can be very useful for non-homeschooling families as well!

I have several busy bags made up that I can easily grab and throw into the diaper bag if need be. These are great if you’re going to a restaurant and anticipate a bit of a wait time, to bring to the doctor’s office, and well, for any other time you might need to keep your child occupied quietly. Busy bags could also be used if your toddler or preschooler is transitioning a nap time to a quiet time.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas

1.Wooden Puzzles

I have several busy bags that are just made up of small puzzles put into a ziploc. Most of them are 12-pc wooden puzzles that the kids got for Christmas last year, and I have a couple of colour matching puzzles for my toddler.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas
Plane Puzzle

2.Beads and Pipe Cleaners

More beads and some pipe cleaners make for another fun busy-bag. The pipe cleaners are easier to string than yarn or string is. This one might not be as suitable for when you’re out and about since beads can roll everywhere, but it’s fun for at home. This activity strengthens colour recognition and fine motor skills, and can be used to practice patterning.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas
Beads and pipe cleaners

3.Match Colours and Shapes

I made this busy bag for my preschooler to match colours and shapes with. My friend had given me a ton of foam beads in different shapes, and I coloured pieces of paper with markers to match the beads then laminated them. Annie (3.5 years old) likes to match the colours and shapes, and to build towers with the beads. It’s also good for making patterns. I can lay out the cards to show a colour pattern and have her copy the pattern with the beads.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas
5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas

4.Learning Place Value

This one is more for my 5 year old. I found this printable for free on Teachers Pay Teachers for learning place value and laminated the pieces. My son matches up the egg to the dinosaur with the same number. I only put 5 or 6 pairs in the bag at a time and switch them out every once in a while.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas
Matching game

5.Alphabet Fishing Game

Alphabet fishing game. A button magnet fishing rod and alphabet magnets. The kids can just fish right out of the bag.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas
Alphabet fishing game

And here’s a bonus idea. Not really educational, per say, but still fun and good for fine motor skills. Can’t go wrong with stickers and paper! Kids can make mini-collages or cards, or just decorate to their hearts’ content.

5 Easy Educational Busy Bag Ideas
Colourful paper and stickers

What other busy bag ideas can you share with other moms? Comment below!

Savannah Berniquez @SavsBlessings

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  1. Brenda A says:

    These are great. I really like the fishing game! A bag with sticky labels is a lot of fun, especially the Hello My Name Is type. Let the funny naming of everything begin!

  2. I am very impressed with your busy bags and have pinned it on my Pinterest Board of Activities to do with Grandchildren. Thanks so much! Debbie Seiling http://bible-passages.blogspot.com and http://christian-overeaters.blogspot.com

  3. Amy Lovell says:

    My mom was just telling me about this the other day! What a super cool idea! Im def making a trip to dollar store soon, so I can make one!

  4. kathy downey says:

    I really like your busy bags

  5. Chandra Christine O'Connor says:

    great ideas, stickers are always a winner

  6. kathy downey says:

    Going to make some bags up for the snow days

  7. kathy downey says:

    Actually I have made a few and will be giving the grandkids a bag today,they are stating to get excited

  8. These ideas are fantastic! Now that school is out I need more creative fun ideas for the summer! 🙂 I’m going to have to get creative with the kids! 😀

  9. kathy downey says:

    Wow sure impressed with your busy bag

  10. kathy downey says:

    We done these as a party craft,kids had a blast

  11. kathy downey says:

    I an collecting item and will make these babg for the grandkids ….when they complain they are bored

  12. kathy downey says:

    These are a big hit here in my home

  13. Tannis W says:

    These sound like great ideas. I’m always looking for new ideas to entertain my kids.

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