As of this month Thumper turned 9 months and is constantly on the move and very difficult to keep still and engaged making it difficult to get anything done! Now I know as she continues to grow she will need more and more activities like the Sensory Bin to keep her busy as she becomes a toddler. Toddlers are always transitioning to new skills and behavior as many stop taking naps, these are great quiet time activities, if you feel your child may be ready to drop napping check out these tips. As a teacher I feel that it is very important to offer engaging, fun and educational activities, and this is why I wanted to share the idea of busy bags, and Sensory bins. I am sure that I will blink and she will be a toddler before I know it as her first year of life has definitely flew before my eyes, and soon I will be searching for a toddlers activity. Busy Bags are great kids activities to keep your toddler busy and learning, so you can get stuff like making dinner done!
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Toddler Activities: Great Ideas to Keep a Toddler Busy
Busy bags for Toddlers:
These are a great activity to use at home to keep them busy, quiet and entertained so parents can accomplish some household chores. Busy bags for kids are awesome as they can be kept in your car, or diaper bag as well and be used just about anywhere such as the doctors waiting room or when you are out for dinner.
What is a Busy Bag?
Toddler Busy bags are simple educational activities that not only keep your toddler busy but teach them educational skills such as gross motor, fine motor, learning colours, shapes, alphabet, numbers and many more early learning skills. Activity bags for toddlers are cheap to make, small to pack to take along on the go, super easy to make and best of all customizable to your child’s learning abilities. Toddler busy bag activities are simple activities that you can create ahead of time and store in a bag for easy access so they are always ready to go!
The most important part of these activity bags are to create activities that your child can create independently and keep them quiet. Busy bags are cheap to make as they use simple craft materials and kids love to play with them. Busy bags can also be known as quiet bags, a great feature to them are that you can create a variety of different bags and then rotate through these different activities to always keep them new and engaging to the child. Since they are ready to go, they make mom life simple and easy as you can just through them in a bag and head out the door.
How to make a busy bag for toddlers?
The first step to creating a busy bag is to check out some of our ideas below and decide which ones you would like to create. Once you have selected the busy bag you wish to create you will have to decide what kind of storage you will use, I like using bags as then you can take them with you anywhere. Lastly, start collecting materials to create your busy bags such as pom poms, popsicle sticks, foam shape, felt and many other simple arts and craft materials as busy bags are almost like a craft in a bag that you can easily find in dollar stores.
Large Ziploc Storage Bags with Easy Open Tabs
Storage Box with Lid
3 Drawer Unit
What are some examples of Busy Bags?
Checkout the following homemade bags ideas, these are easy busy bag ideas that anyone can create in just a few minutes. These activity bag ideas are easy to make as not only do they have written instructions detailing materials needed, but they provide detailed step by step instructions and a video making it as simple as possible for busy moms to recreate.
If you are looking for more ideas you can checkout this great book called Busy Bags Kids will Love which is full of ideas that are simple, fun and engaging! Another option is 25 Easy to Make Busy Bags for 2 and 3 Year Olds.
A great way to create a collection of busy bags quickly and easily is to have a busy bag swap party with some other moms. You can either all bring materials and create the bags together or you can each create a certain number of the same bag and then switch so that each mom has one of each different type of busy bag.