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Busy Bag Activities for Toddlers

Last week I shared my latest idea for attempting to get stuff done with a toddler around – toddler activity busy bags.  I’ve been searching around the internet for inspiration, mostly via Pinterest, and I’ve come up with twelve ideas for bags that I think I can put together pretty easily.

Some of these are so simple they could be done in about 15 minutes, some are a little more involved and I’ll probably have to work on them over the next few weeks, but I’m excited to get started and to have some ideas for fun activity bags for my son. 

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  • Felt Toolbox 1 of 12
    Felt Toolbox
    My son is obsessed with anything that remotely resembles a tool, so I know he would love this pocket "toolbox" with felt tools.
  • Brown Bear Heads and Tails Matching Game 2 of 12
    Brown Bear Heads and Tails Matching Game
    This a favorite book at our house and I love this matching game, see the link below for free printables.
  • I Spy Bag 3 of 12
    I Spy Bag
    This little pouch has different items to "find", along with poly fill beads stuffed inside it. Your toddler moves the beads around to discover the different objects inside.
  • Pom Pom Stuff It In 4 of 12
    Pom Pom Stuff It In
    A simple game of stuffing small pom poms into a hole in the lid of a plastic container.
  • Popsicle Stick Color Game 5 of 12
    Popsicle Stick Color Game
    A cute activity for teaching color matching and recognition. I might try to make the popsicle part out of fleece or cotton material because I think my son might actually try to lick it and that would make the construction paper all yucky.
  • Tactile Balloon Matching Game 6 of 12
    Tactile Balloon Matching Game
    Fill pairs of balloons with different sensory items from the pantry, like rice, beans, flour, lentils, etc. to make a fun matching game.
  • Paint Chips Game 7 of 12
    Paint Chips Game
    Cut up paint chips to make cards that can be used for lots of different activities like sorting, matching, or a memory game.
  • DIY Bottle Lid Stamps 8 of 12
    DIY Bottle Lid Stamps
    Make your own stamps with reused bottle caps and adhesive foam stickers. Include a washable ink pad and small notebook and let your little one stamp away.
  • Button Snake 9 of 12
    Button Snake
    Help your toddler practice their buttoning skills using sqaures, or other shapes, of felt with a slit in it that they have to put over the button to make the snake.
  • Felt Play Mats 10 of 12
    Felt Play Mats
    These are such a cute and fun idea to take playing with simple trucks, cars, or trains to the next level.
  • Pool Noodle Stringing 11 of 12
    Pool Noodle Stringing
    A fun stringing activity for younger children who may not be able to string beads yet. Cut up a pool noodle and include some rope (be sure to closely monitor your child) and let your child string the noodle "beads".
  • Discovery Bottles 12 of 12
    Discovery Bottles
    So many great ideas for filling bottles with fun things for toddlers to discover and play with, like marbles in shampoo, toy animals in rice, and glitter in glycerin.

Do you have any busy bag activities to share that your toddler loves?  I’d love even more inspiration!

Photo credits:

Top: natural parents network

1. Felt Toolbox
2. Brown Bear Heads and Tails Packet
3. I Spy Bags
4. Pom Pom Stuff It In
5. Popsicle Stick Activity
6. Tactile Balloons
7. Paint Chip Game
8. Bottle Lid Stamps
9. Button Snake
10. Felt Play Mats
11. Pool Noodle Stringing
12. Discovery Bottles

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