20 Busy Bag Ideas for Busy Little People | Part 1

Welcome to November at Teacher Types. I'm excited to be teaming up with fellow Early Childhood Educator and mum Alison from The Way He Plays to bring you 20 busy bag ideas over this month. Every Tuesday we'll post different 5 busy bags on both blogs for you to try. And we're linking up with Essentially Jess for #IBOT :)

The idea of busy bags is to be able to take them anywhere - doctors waiting room, long drives, flights, etc. We recently trialled a couple pictured below on a weekend away to the river. Busy bags are designed to be simple, inexpensive, little mess or fuss, easy to carry or throw in your nappy bag or back pack. I don't know about your little one - but the key with my little miss, is to always keep things different, new, ever changing and interesting.

- "Quiet blocks" - just your ordinary kitchen sponges (great for constructing and creating)


- Pom poms & a cardboard tube (great for fine motor and posting)


- Sticky post it notes with crayons (great for drawing and sticking)


- Pegs and paint chips (great for colour matching)


- Pop sticks with velcro corners (great for shape creating)


If busy bags are your thing - please come back again next Tuesday, when Alison and I will be featuring 5 more busy bag ideas.

Lauren :)

*** Please take note: as with any baby and toddler play activities, please be mindful of objects smaller than a 50c piece that may present as a choking hazard. Always supervise your little one, and of course, you know your child best :)

15 comments

  1. Great ideas! I do keep a busy bag but clearly it needs to be emptied out in favour of some of these nifty gadgets!

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    1. Stay tuned for the next 3 Tuesday's for some more busy bag ideas!

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  2. My youngest is a bit old for these sadly. But there are some great ideas here.

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    1. Hi Jess! So lovely to see a comment from THE Essentially Jess. I love the idea of IBOT and it's totally motivating me to stick to a blogging schedule. Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  3. Great to stumble across your blog today through #IBOT. Can't wait to read more. I am off to make some busy bags up for my 2 and a half year old.

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    1. I love when I find a new blog through IBOT or another link up. Thanks for leaving a comment and hope you enjoy browsing my blog :)

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  4. I love finding other teacher blogs and with a 10 month old and 4.5 year old I'm sure your blog will give me heaps of ideas and inspiration. Us secondary school teachers tend to lose our creative side in comparison to primary school teachers!

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    1. I just realised you are Danielle from the nOATbook :)
      Thanks for leaving such a lovely comment.

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  5. Such simple but engaging activities! I think my toddler would quiet happily be occupied with most of these.

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    1. I did try to keep them really simply Vicki :) My toddler loves the pom poms and the sponges the best!

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  6. We absolutely had to have a couple of these on rotation to keep our young Mr in his seat when eating out with family. Depending on age of course we found little matching pairs games and a windup toy puzzle track were favourites #teamIBOT

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    1. Great idea to rotate the busy bags and their content. And eating out is definitely another time they would come in handy. Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment - something that's so great about IBOT!

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  7. I love the idea of post its and crayons. I get inspired to draw sometimes and I think I might have to adapt and adopt this idea to post its and pencils for my own handbag! Thanks Lauren. :)

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  8. Fantastic ideas! SO much better than taking an electronic device to the waiting rooms.

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  9. What great ideas!! I'll have to give some of these a shot with my 3 yr old. Thanks!

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