Busy Bag Ideas for Idle Hands

by Kate on December 21, 2020

I think whoever said that idle hands were the devil’s workshop must have had toddlers! Oh, what can happen.

While you can put toddlers to work whenever you need to busy them, I can think of no better time than the holidays, with the possibility of being stuck inside with adults who are busy themselves, to have a “busy bag” for a toddler (or any aged kid for that matter - it just depends on what you fill it with). A busy bag is simply a toy or game that can keep little hands busy that is stored in a gallon Ziploc bag and whipped out when needed.

I love these bag ideas from The Rigneys. So many options for little hands to get down to some focused work. The felt board is especially great and can transform into oh so many things:

Here are great directions.

These paint chips with laundry clips would entertain my girls for a seriously long time, especially if all the paint chips were somehow pink. Of course, they’d be clipping and snipping each other’s noses and toes. But that’s another story.

Personally, I think you could take this idea and transform it to whatever fit your personality and need. We head over to the grandmother’s house for dinners every Sunday and I can imagine having these packed at the ready to entertain them over there.

Better than Barbie, I think. But is this a case of when Mommy doesn’t know best? I can’t tell.

photo credit: all photos courtesy of The Rigneys

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Jenny L December 21, 2020 at 12:10 am

Great ideas, and just in time for my kid’s Hanuka vacation. Thank you! But pray tell, what do you do with the laundry clips?

Villy K December 21, 2020 at 4:56 pm

Excellent activities and great ideas, I love the colors too :)

Kate December 22, 2020 at 9:44 am

@Villy thanks! I’ve been amazed at how great/useful/fun the felt story board one is!

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