Busy Bags

These busy bags have been a liiiiiiife saver the past year and now’s the time to make yours because these pencil bags are in all the back-to-school supplies! I found mine at FiveBelow for $1 each.


You’ll want ones that have 2 pockets with a see-through divider so each bag can hold 2 activities and you can see them both at the same time so you know what’s in each bag.

THIS IS KEY!!!  – KEEP THESE UP AND AWAY SO THEY’RE NEW AND FUN otherwise you won’t get the bang for your buck in occupied quiet time. 

Just slip them in your purse or child’s bag for several easy quiet activities for restaurants, car trips, plane trips, doctor visits, etc. 

Now let’s see what’s in each of them!!

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Mesh section: Stickers (Walmart and Dollar stores have cheap stickers)

Main section: Small notepad 3×5 in. (Walmart or office supply) & colored pencils (won’t melt or stain clothes)


Mesh section: Button Snake

Main section: Color Wheel Matching (used colored sharpies, card stock paper, mini clothes pins (found them at a craft store) *helpful hint: if you color little squares and then glue them to the clothes pin the color will show better) 


Mesh section: Small legos from dollar section at Target

Main section: Velcro large colored popsicle sticks


Mesh section: Pipe cleaners (got mine at my grocery store) and we made ours into glasses, but you can keep remaking them into something else

Main section: 3d erasers

Occasionally I’ll switch stuff in and out of these pockets with small figurines, hot wheels cars, and whatever fun portable activities I find. 


What other things would you put in one of these busy bags? 


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