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Ultimate Guide to Preschool Busy Bags

The Ultimate Guide to Preschool & Toddler Busy Bag Activities from Walking by the Way

What Are Busy Bags?

Busy Bags are ready-to-go activities for your toddler or preschool. Read more.

Busy Bag Storage

I kept mine in a large plastic container with dividers. Here are a few links with photos of how others stay organized

Zipper Pouches at The Princess and the Tot

A Busy Bag for Busy Bags at Life:Styled

On a Shelf and In a Tub at Our Journey Westward

Hosting a Busy Bag Exchange

If you buy the Preschool Activity Bag book, you will be given all sorts of tips and tricks for hosting a swap. I've hosted one before, and it's not too hard. The reward (coming home with TWENTY new bags) is completely worth the work! 

Tips and Ideas from Second Story Window

Ideas for Swaps for Different Ages

The rest of this post is dedicated to providing you with gobs and gobs of ideas for creating your own Preschool Busy Bags. Have fun!


Animal Matching Grid

Bottle and Lid Matching

Button Outline Matching

Brown Bear Heads and Tails Puzzles

Cut the Cards Matching

Egg Carton Matching

Match Me Cards

Number Egg Matching

Pizza Factory

Sunbleached Matching

Pattern Play

Foam Shape Patterns


LEGO Puzzle Book

Pony Bead Patterns

Pool Noodle Patterns & Numbers


Dinosaur Shapes

Double Trouble Shapes

Fish for Shapes

Foam Shape Puzzles

I Have, Who Has Shapes Game

Lauri Toys Fit-A-Space Puzzles

Magnetic Shape Sticks

Making Shapes

Race Car Shapes

Shape Matching

Shape Sorting (with ice cube tray)

Shapes and Colors Matching Game

Shapes and Colors Memory Game

Simple Shapes Busy Bag


Button Sorting Cups

Color Wheel for Toddlers

Color Matching Cards

Color Matching Clips

Color Sorting Busy Bags

Egg Carton Color Sort

Matching Color Shades

Medicine Container Color Matching

Pipe Cleaner Color Match

Popsicle Color Matching

Rainbow Bright

Rainbow Clothespins

Shades of Color

Numbers and Counting

Animal Counting Cards

Apple Counting

Clip Sticks Counting Busy Bag

Counting Book (bottom of the page)

Counting Caterpillar Busy Bag

Counting Felt Chain

Counting Spindles

Five Fabulous Frogs

Homemade Number Boards

Ladybug Number Match and Counting Busy Bag

Lauri Toys Number Play

Magnetic Counting Sticks

Number Boards

Number Gobbling Busy Bag

Number Play-doh Mats

Number Wheel

Number Tracing Cards

Ocean Count and Clip Cards

Paint Chip Number Punch

Q-Tip Counting Trays

Strawberry Counting Cards

Tower Counting Busy Bag


Animal Sorting

Bean Sorting

Button Graph

Fruit Loop Sort

Geo Links (sorting, patterns, fine motor)

Junk Sort (by Color and Number of Items)

Sparkly Jewel Sorting

Memory Games

Alphabet Memory Game

Baby Food Jar Lid Game

Cereal Box Matching Game

HABA Mini Memory Game

Insect Memory Game

Jan Brett Animals Memory Game

Juice Lid Memory Game

Mini Memory Game

Photo Memory Game

Sticker Memory Match

Wooden Memory Game

Letters and Literacy

ABC Fishing (under Preschool section)

ABC Popsicle Matching

ABC Spoons

Alphabet Lacing Cards

Alphabet Cookie Match

Alphabet Match

Alphabet Match Up

Alphabet Play-doh Mats

Alphabet Tracing Sheets Busy Bag


Eggs ~ Uppercase Lowercase Letter Match

I Spy Book (visual discrimination)

Laundry Letter Match

Letter Bugs

Letter Building

Lima Bean Letters

My Name

Superhero Letter Match

Spin and Spell

Fine Motor Fun

Animal Lacing Cards

Bottle Top Stamps

Brown Bear Lacing Cards

Buttons and Pipe Cleaners (bottom of post)

Button Snake

Button Board

Clothesline Busy Bag

Easy Stencils

Felt Snowflakes

Finger Paint Bag

Gumball Machine

Hole Punching (add strips of paper to your bag instead of entire sheets)

Homemade Stickers

Hot Glue Rubbing Plates

Lacing and Tracing Pets

Lauri Familiar Things Crepe Rubber Puzzles

No Sew Felt Fish

Noodle Necklaces

Pinchers and Pom-Poms

Play-doh Mats

Pony Beads and Pipe Cleaners

Pool Noodle Stringing

Pretty Princess Beads

Puff Ball Magnets

Pushing Puff Balls

Sink Mat Weaving

Spooning Beads

Weaving Art

Yarn and Sandpaper

photo credit: Tired, Need Sleep Blog

Gross Motor

Bean Bag Games

Clothespin Drop

Colorful Catapult

Ping-Pong Basketball

Shape Stretchies

Creative Play

Craft Sticks, Lids, and Velcro

Cupcake Busy Bag

Emotion Mix and Match Faces

Felt Mats ~ Construction & Trains

Felt Toolbox

I Spy Bags

Magnetic Me

Marble Game

Playmat Fun

Silly Faces

Tactile Matching Game

Texture Matching Blocks

Holiday Hoopla

Counting Leprechaun Gold

Egg Matching Game

Fall Fun Busy Bags

Christmas Ideas

Spider Match

Stringing Stars

Preschool Busy Bag Activity Board on Pinterest copy

Would you like your Busy Bag idea to be included in this list? Please comment below, and I will get it added!

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