These busy bag crafts are too cute not to share, and can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. To be honest, adults might even find some of them entertaining…
If you’re looking for some easy and fun craft ideas to keep kids busy and entertained, we got you! Look at this 15 busy bag craft ideas that we collected for you to enjoy and create with your kids!
My kids love playing with busy bags. They are a great way to spend an afternoon! My favorite part about making busy bags is that you can be creative and use any supplies and materials you have available at home to keep your kids entertained for hours.
From used fabric snaps to paper towels, here are some easy and fun busy bag ideas you can create with your kids today!
Easy and Fun Busy Bag Ideas for Kids
1. Play “Follows” using Marbles
Running out of games to play? Teach kids how to play “Follows” using Marbles by Kids Activities Blog. I played marbles with my grandpa, and now my kids love it, too!
Safety Tip: Kids below 3 years of age must be supervised by adults when playing this game to take precaution against choking.
2. Get Kids Busy Making their Own Crayons
This busy bag idea by Kids Activities Blog uses broken and old crayon scraps, a hot plate, and candy mold (or ice cube trays). Kids will definitely enjoy seeing their crayons melt and reshaped to something new and fun!
3. Use Popsicle Sticks to Learn New Words
Your kids will love personalizing their own colorful popsicle puzzles in this cool popsicle sticks busy bag craft by And Next Comes L.
The only things you’ll need for this busy bag activity are popsicle sticks and permanent markers. Get your kids busy mixing and matching their sticks to create words and pair up colors. Fun!
4. Stay Busy Tie Dying Paper Towels with Kids
This tie dying paper towels activity by Kids Activities Blog is an awesome way teach kids about science while keeping them entertained and busy all afternoon!
The materials you’ll need for this activity are the following:
- Paper Towels
- Food Coloring
- Watercolor Tray
Based on our experience, this is an activity that even adults will enjoy!
5. Fill Your Busy Bags with Pool Noodle Building Blocks
We love to build with these pool noodle building blocks activity by Coffee Cups and Crayons. Kids of all ages love to build using this soft and squishy craft material. And the best part is, nobody ever gets hurt when you throw them!
6. Crayon Rubbing Cards for Busy Kids
These crayon rubbing cards project by And Next Comes L is a must-have in your busy bags! Follow the steps in the link to prepare the shapes beforehand. You can be as creative as you can and create any shape that you like.
Be sure to add extra sets of drawing paper and crayons when you bring this busy bag activity on a trip. I’m sure your kids will enjoy it!
7. Chocolate Chip Cookie Math Activity
Who doesn’t love playing with play dough? This Cookie Math Play Dough busy bag craft by Coffee Cups and Crayons lets kids play with play dough and learn math at the same time!
Kids of all ages will definitely enjoy learning basic arithmetic and counting with this awesome busy bag idea!
8. Road Set Busy Bags for Kids
This cute and fun road set craft by And Next Comes L is one that you’d want to take to your kids’ next doctor’s appointment. It is made of soft and easy to use felt cloth and can be played with kids and adults for hours!
Pro-tip: You can add your kids’ favorite vehicle, character, and other toys to join in the fun of afternoon pretend play!
9. Reuse Fabric Snaps for Busy Bags
Do you have a baby you need to keep busy for a few hours? This genius fabric scraps activity by Lemon Lime Adventures might be the one you’re looking for!
Check the link to see more busy bag ideas that your baby will enjoy.
10. Rainbows and Laces for Busy Kids
This rainbow lacing craft by Coffee Cups and Crayons uses old cereal boxes and ribbons to make a cool rainbow art. It is a great rainy day project and busy bag craft for kids of all ages (okay yes, even adults!)
11. DIY Bubble Wands Activity for Kids
This DIY bubble wands activity by Kids Activities Blog might be the easiest you can find online! It’s so fun and easy to make, and which kids of all ages will definitely enjoy!
12. Add Straws to Your Busy Bags
This cutting practice bag by Little Bins for Little Hands is a great way to spend your crafty afternoon with the kids. Get your safety scissors and straws ready, and get creative cutting different shapes using straws.
13. Fun Felt Activities for Kids
My kids love playing with felt! These felt activities by Kids Activities Blog are compiled in a binder that kids can bring anywhere to play with and enjoy!
You can stock up on your felt materials, create these activities beforehand and put them all in a binder to bring to your next dental appointment or long road trip with the kids!
14. Animal Puzzle Craft for Kids
This Animal Puzzle Busy Bag by Itsy Bitsy Fun is a great way to keep your kids busy while learning about animals and practicing hand-eye coordination. It’s super easy and fun to make too!
15. Learn to Tie Shoelaces in Busy Bags
This awesome busy bag craft by Coffee Cups and Crayons is a great busy bag craft to help kids practice learning to tie their shoes! The only things you’ll need to create this is a used shoelace, cardboard box, permanent marker and colored papers.
More Crafts to Keep Kids Busy from Play Ideas
- Check out more crafts kids can make with their hands here.
- You can find more busy bag activities for 1 year olds here.
- Get busy with pipe cleaner activities for kids.
- Learn how pompoms can make good busy bags here.
- Stock your busy bags with popsicle sticks.
- Boredom busting laundry basket games for preschoolers.
- Make kids busy out of pasta here.
Which of these busy bag crafts are you doing with your kids today?