As a parent, I get a lot of joy from playing with my kids. However, there are also times when I need them to quietly entertain themselves. For example, when I’m busy cooking a meal or when we are waiting in an office somewhere, my kids need constructive ways to occupy their time. That’s where busy bags come in handy!
What is a busy bag, you might ask? A busy bag is a portable bag (or box or other container) you fill with simple materials to keep your child occupied while on the go (or at home when you need to attend to other things).
Busy bags can be a life saver for parents who frequently find themselves waiting with their young children in doctor’s offices, in the school pickup line, in restaurants, etc. Or bring these when you visit grandma’s house so the kids will have something to do.
Busy bags for kids on the go
Below are 21 busy bag ideas you can use or adapt for your kids to keep them busy while you are on the go. These bags develop fine motor skills, color knowledge, letter and number recognition, and much more. I like to put materials into gallon-size zip close bags.
Trying to determine the right busy bag for your child? The best busy bag for your child is the one that keeps him or her engaged for an extended period of time.
Washi tape busy bag from Mother’s Niche
Feathers and buttons color matching busy bag from School Time Snippets
Nuts and bolts busy bag from Preschool Powol Packets
Velcro and foam chain fine motor busy bag from School Time Snippets
Sticky letters name recognition busy bag from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Make a rainbow with craft foam busy bag from Views From a Step Stool
Color matching busy bag from Natural Beach Living
Color matching with vehicles busy bag from Mother’s Niche
Counting caterpillar busy bag from Powerful Mothering
Patterning with wheels busy bag from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Velcro dot craft sticks from Powerful Mothering
Rainbow making busy bag from Best Toys 4 Toddlers
Lego busy box from The Gingerbread House
Counting money busy bag from Views From a Step Stool
Paperclip busy bags from Powerful Mothering
No sew button snake from Twitchetts
Fairy busy bag from Little Worlds Big Adventure
Emotions I Spy sensory busy bag from Adventures and Play
Math busy box from Teach Me Mommy
Rainbow pill bottle pompom busy bag from Something 2 Offer
Learning shapes with toy cars busy bag from Adventures and Play
Still looking for more busy bag ideas? Busy Bags Kids Will Love: Make-Ahead Activity Kits for a Happy Preschooler and Stress-Free Parent by Sara McClure has 52 fun-filled ideas.
This book will allow you to make a new busy bag for each week of the year! This book would also make a great gift for the parent in your life who could use some inspiration for keeping their kids productively busy while on the go.