Are you looking for fun already prepared educational activities for the kids that will entertain them independently? I am traveling internationally with my kids and so I needed to find activities that would keep the kids happy in their seat while the seatbelt sign is on. These busy bags are perfect for this purpose plus many of them are re-usable. Imagine the possibilities during normal daily activities. Don’t forget to enter the Giveaway at the end of this post to win a copy of the book!
Easy Busy Bags
I have used sensory bins and quiet boxes to entertain my kids and allow me to sit down to a 20 minute cup of tea. I’m a tea lover and view my tea time as a form of relaxation. I made a busy bag in the past but didn’t store it in an easy to get to place.
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When my friend Sara from the Happy Brown House told me that she is creating a book all about busy bags filled with simple ideas I jumped at the chance to review it. I knew I had an upcoming long flight, two 11 hour flights to get me to my destination and another two 11 hour flights to get me back, that could be made easier with these activities.
Busy Bags Kids Will Love
You can grab the book Busy Bags Kids Will Love here. In the book Busy Bags Kids Will Love Sara includes 100 things kids should know before kindergarten. You can keep these things in mind when creating your own busy bag or you can go ahead and use one of her Busy Bag ideas. Her ideas include step by step tutorials to make it as easy as possible!
What are busy bags?
Busy bags are like activity kits that are made ahead of time. They don’t have to be educational (although I love when they are). They can also be just for fun!
When would you use busy bags?
- At doctors visits for us to use in the waiting room. I personally don’t like my kids to use the toys at the doctors office because they are normally germ filled. I can’t always prevent them from using them but if I have another luring activity it increases my chances.
- At restaurants while we wait for our food.
- When I want a peaceful cup of tea while my 3 year old is happily busy doing ‘work’.
- During airplane flights to keep the kids in their seats.
After reading through Sara’s books I marked off the ones I knew I wanted to try. 2 of these busy bag activities come from the book while the third one came to me when I was looking through the book. I have included a free printable copy for you if you would like to create this busy bag for your child. You can grab it here: Count and Stick Easy Busy Bag Activity
The First Busy Bag Idea works on a child’s name recognition. It is adorable!
The second busy bag idea works on one to one correspondence, counting and number recognition. I decided to have my 3 year old daughter help me set up the activity. She prepared it with me which was fun!
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If you do purchase the book, Sara would love to send my readers a printable activity from page 17. Just forward her your receipt to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Busy Bag Ideas:
- Winter Dress Up
- Snowman Dress Up
- Penguin counting mats
- Clip Card Busy Bags
- Alphabet and Preschool Clip Card Busy Bags