Friday, November 16, 2012

Busy Bag Swap - 15 Awesome ideas

I recently had the opportunity to participate in a local busy bag swap.

What is a Busy Bag?
A busy bag is an activity that fits in a plastic ziploc bag.
All the items needed for the activity are included in the bag. 
They are easy to store, grab and go.  Then when your child is done, it goes right back in the bag.
Super easy to store.  

I keep most of our "busy bag" activities in totes that I call our "busy boxes"  

What is a Busy Bag Swap?
A group of moms(and dads) each pick one "busy bag" to make for everyone in the group.  
Our group had 15 moms participating, so I made 15 bags.
Then you get together and exchange all of your bags and you go home with one of each activity from the other moms (or dads).  

I was so excited to go through all the bags. 
The moms who participated did such an amazing job making them.


*links to templates, etc at the bottom of the post*

1) Clothespin Letter/Number Matching
 2) Pipe Cleaner Sorting
3) & 4) Discovery Bottle and Sensory Bag
Junebug went right for the sensory bag and Snowflake the discovery bottle!
5) Bean Sorting
6) Shoe Tying Practice
7)  Paper Clip Color Matching
8) Numbers Flip Book
9) Craft Stick Puzzle
10) Measure it
11) Roll - A - Cise
Such a fun idea!!!
 12) Color Shade Matching
 13) Alphabet Exercise Cards
14) Yarn and Sandpaper
15) Magnetic Faces
I can't wait to cut out these funny faces.  I know my girls are going to love this activity! 


  1. Wonderful ideas! I need to make some busy bags for road trips.

    1. That is what I use a lot of them for too! Long car trips!

  2. Over from TGIF. These are great ideas. I particularly like the sensory bags. It keeps all the mess in one place!!

    1. I love it too! I was just squishing it :)

  3. I love the Measure It and the Shoe Tie Practice. Thanks for providing the printable for the shoe!

  4. Very Very creative! What a fab idea and makes it super fun for the kids and instructive too!

  5. Looks like a fun activity at the same time an educational one!

  6. Great ideas! I did a couple of busy bag posts and tot tray posts as well! stop by and check it out. Thanks again for sharing and reminding me to get some more busy bags done!

    1. Thank you for sharing your ideas! I visited your page and became your newest fan on Facebook!

  7. Very fun ideas to add to the Pintrest boards! :-) Thanks for sharing!

  8. Some really great busy bag ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I LOVE all these ideas! I am always on the lookout for more creative busy bag ideas =-)

    Just wanted to let you know I featured you at TGIF this week as the most clicked on link:

    Thanks for linking up & have a GREAT weekend,
    Beth =-)

  10. Thanks for explaining them so well! I'm going to put together the sandpaper one soon!