Part II of this Busy Bag Series continues with an additional 10 Busy Bag Ideas. Also, at the end of the post, be sure to check out the “Additional Resources” for some great blogs and websites with even more inspiration for your busy bag collection.
Part II: Busy Bags – Inspiration
(For Ideas #1-10, click here.)
11. Popsicle Stick Shapes – This activity is great for fine motor skills as well as shape recognition.
12. Pool Noodle Stringing – Another great fine motor skill activity with extension options to work on counting, color matching and pattern recognition!
13. Upper and Lower Case Letter Matching – Foam blocks, bottle caps, plastic eggs, or magnets make for great matching pieces. Color code the matching blocks to give little learners a place to start.
14. Race Car Game Board – Younger toddlers will enjoy tracing the path with the car, while older toddlers can play their very first board game. Let creative little artists color their own boards for an added activity.
15. Shape Sewing – These are great for fine motor skill development, shape identification, and pattern recognition. Pipe cleaners make good “needles,” though do use supervision as the ends can be a tad sharp!
16. Magnet Faces – Great for on the go (as they store well in stroller or car seat pockets), these magnet faces are perfect for budding creativity and facial feature recognition. They are also the perfect size for little hands, and the magnetic backing helps to keep little noses and eyes from falling on the floor.
17. Felt Cupcakes – Another great activity for little artists as they can “decorate” their own cupcake. This also acts as a sort of mini-puzzle as well, and can be used again and again to create something new each time.
18. Button Matching – This activity is perfect for toddlers beginning to recognize shapes. Use them for a simple matching game, or begin to work on name recognition.
19. Popsicle Stick Color Match – A great color-matching activity, toddlers are sure to love the challenge of trying to fit the popsicle sticks inside the felt pockets.
20. Popsicle Stick Puppet – Slightly older toddlers (or assisted younger ones) will love creating their own stick puppet. Once completed, they will have a star ready to perform in their very own puppet show!
Second Story Window – Busy Bag Exchange Tips & Ideas
Busy Bags: Part I – What is a Busy Bag?
Busy Bags: Part III – Hosting an Exchange
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