This is the best place to find the most adorable and entertaining busy bags. They are easy to assemble and the printables are FREE in our Facebook Group if you are following us on Instagram and Pinterest. Otherwise, get them for super cheap in our shop. These learning activities are designed to teach endless skills. My son begs to play these games daily and it entertains him, literally, for hours. I made a bag for each of the activities to keep in the toy room. My son can’t read the words yet so he peeks in all the bags and picks out the one he wants to play first. I use this. They are small and allow of lots of colors to fit into a little bag. Find all these printables at the bottom of the post!
TO MAKE THE FUN TOTE BAGS:
I used a silhouette portrait machine to cut out the words on a heat transfer sheet. Then, I ironed them to these little tote bags that I got from Oriental Trading (check out their education section for lots of fun products). They turned out so stinkin' cute. I made a bag for each of the activities to keep in the toy room. My son can't read the words yet so he peeks in all the bags and picks out the one he wants to play first.
I designed these games to teach skills for molding shapes of familiar objects that they can visualize and then create. Carrots, chocolate chips, apples on a tree, candles, legs on octopus, sand castle, burgers on a grill, worms, bubbles, pancakes, snowman face, glasses and mustache on a boy. I designed two of the Play-Doh mats on one page. Printer friendly and easy to fit in any bag or box.
If you want to get all of the printables you can purchase them here.
My son is three and knows all his letters and sounds, but when playing this game, he read his VERY FIRST WORD! He picks out his “magic card” he calls it. Then finds the letters that are on the card, puts them in order and sounds out the word. It was so fun to see his little mind working so hard. And he did it! GET THE Scrabble PRINTABLES HERE: Scrabble Spelling Busy Bag
These cards have pictures of animals. The object of this activity is to match the little animal figures to the card. Get the Animal free printables here.
Go shopping for some fresh fruit. This game comes with 5 different grocery lists and a shopping cart. Pick and list and put the correct amount of fruit into the basket. My boy loves to pretend to eat them after he finishes and spreads them out again on the table ready for another round. This game teaches number recognition and counting. Again, I ask endless questions about colors, shapes, size, numbers, total number of fruit. You can find all of the cute little fruit here and the PRINTABLES here: Grocery Shopping Busy Bag.
Color sorting bowls and animals are really fun. Sometimes I have him sort all the animals in the correct colored bowls and sometimes I will choose certain animals to go in each bowl. For example: Please sort the orange pigs and the blue bunnies in their matching bowl. When the animals are all mixed up on the table this gives a great challenge. Also, there is a printable for this color sorting game. The idea is to match the size of colored animal to the dots in the paper strip. It is really fun. Even without a paper you can line up a pattern and have your child duplicate it. The small dots represent small animals and the large dots for the larger animals. There are endless possibilities for entertainment and learning with these colored animals. Get the printable here: Color Sorting Busy Bag Printables
These adorable hamburgers are just too fun and cute for words. With this game, first start by picking out a pattern strip. Then, beginning from the bottom bun of the burger, build up, add each of the condiments and top with the other hamburger bun. They are really fun. Get the printables here: Build a Burger Busy Bag Printables
These tracing games are fantastic learning activities for kids. Some ideas of questions to ask could be: Which number is the 2? Which letters are in your name? Which shape looks like an egg? I laminate all of my activities with the laminator found here. Get the printables here: Tracing Games Busy Bag
Sort these adorable fruits and veggies to their correct crate. Good luck teaching just where that yummy tomato belongs! Haha! Get the printables here: Farmer's Market Busy Bag Printables
If you plan on putting together most of these busy bags, I suggest getting the Learning Resources Super Sorting Set
Other Supplies to Have on Hand At Home
It's good to have as many things as possible for your child to do at home! There are bound to be rainy and cold days when your child can't go out and play, or when you can't take them out to do something. On these days, or in the evenings when everyone is home, you'll want to have items on hand to entertain them.
These busy bags will do a wonderful job of keeping your child busy! When they want to do something else, having some arts and crafts on hand is always a good idea. The great thing about arts and crafts is that it can be scaled as your child ages. For example, you can start with finger painting, then move to sponge painting, and then move to brush painting as your child ages.
Keeping crayons around is always a good idea. Buy your child a sketchbook from an arts and crafts store for them to draw in. By doing this, you'll be able to keep all of their drawings in one place to look back on as they age!
Kids have active imaginations. Getting them anything that allows them to explore their imagination is great for entertaining them. This doesn't have to be something huge; it can be as simple as a tube of animal figurines. Or, you can go larger-scale and buy them a play kitchen or tool bench. The ideas they can come up with for what to do with these are endless!
I hope you and your child absolutely love these busy bag learning games! Make sure you pin this post for later, and share them with your friends and family!