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What are “busy bags?” They’re portable activities that keep little ones “busy” or occupied. This makes busy bags great Big Brother or Big Sister gifts, great for sticking in a bag before going to appointments or out to eat, traveling, and more. The activities in the busy bags shared here promote creative thinking, problem solving, independence, creative thinking, and more. They allow toddlers and preschoolers to practice hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, the alphabet, numbers and counting, shapes, colors, sorting, finding similarities and differences, and more! Plus, they’ll only take about a half hour to set up (snag the free download to make this easier!). 🙂
Craft stick busy bags
Office supply busy bag
Pom pom busy bags
Straw busy bags
Foam sheets busy bags
Paper clip busy bags
Tracing busy bags
Play dough busy bags
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1. Use them like you would books. Talk about what’s on each card, what’s happening, what colors you see, etc.
2. Play a matching or memory game.
3. Cut them in half/into two pieces and make “puzzles.”
4. Play “I spy” or “I’m thinking of”
5. Sort them.
6. Line them up by whatever feature you’d like to.
7. Count them.
8. Practice holding them and “playing cards.” (great skill for little hands!)
9. Use them to tell a story (the wilder and crazier, the better!)
10. Play a guessing game with them.
11. Use them to “measure” something or the distance between two items.
12. “Hide” them and guess the hiding place.
13. Play “war” or any other game that you can make up based on the content of your flashcards.
Please do NOT use them as the standard “hold the card up and ‘what does this mean?’ or ‘what’s the answer to…?'” type activity that we’re used to from our school days. BORING and not effective for our kids.
Over 60 Busy Bag Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers to keep them occupied on planes, in the car, at restaurants, or anywhere else. Don’t forget that you can combine the activities for more fun! Why not let your little one work with the pom poms, craft sticks, and foam shapes? See what your toddler or preschooler can do and what he/she comes up with. Their work may surprise you! 🙂
These also make great gifts! Busy moms LOVE stuff that’s easy. Why not give a pregnant mama a set of these to do with her toddler or little one in those last days of pregnancy OR for those first few weeks of having more than one little one at home? These activities are quiet and have a low “mess” factor, making them perfect Big Brother or Big Sister gifts and activities to sit nearby and do while Mom is occupied with Baby.
*These activities contain small parts. Please exercise caution when using with small children and closely supervise little ones.
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