Easy Frugal Busy Bags for Preschoolers

by Merissa on May 9, 2016

in Frugal Living Tips

How to make simple, frugal Busy Bags for Preschoolers that will keep your little one busy for hours!

Easy Frugal Busy Bags for Preschoolers

My little boys are busy, busy, busy! We have very few days where they aren't constantly on the go and those are generally only days when they are sick. (Which are thankfully few and far between.)

Last fall I made up a large number of busy bags for both of my boys, but mainly for my preschooler since he loves to have fun games and activities to do while his little brother is napping. He loves having things to do and I love that he can use the Busy Bags for himself with minimal guidance.

And even though almost all of the busy bags for preschoolers that we've made up are educational, my preschooler sees them as fun so I love that we can make learning natural and fun! Here are some of the busy bags for preschoolers that we are currently using in our home.

Busy Bags for Preschoolers Popsicle Game

Color Popsicle Matching Preschool Busy Bag

Although this little game is easy, it's great for color matching reinforcement. To put this busy bag game together you can simply cut the shape out of 2 pieces of felt, sew or glue them together and pair with colored popsicle sticks (or color your own). I found the popsicle sticks at the dollar store and the felt is from Hobby Lobby 4/$1.

Busy Bags for Preschoolers Snowman Game

Snowman Felt Preschool Busy Bag

This is a great little idea because you can use it to make so many different things. For the Snowman Felt project, I took a hard piece of felt to make a mini felt board and then cut pieces of soft felt into shapes to make a snowman. You could do many other different felt "puzzle pictures" in the same way. All of the felt I found at Hobby Lobby.

Busy Bags for Preschoolers Lego Game

Lego Building Preschool Busy Bag

Ok, now you know my secret...I cannot draw AT ALL. I can paint and write but drawing is not my thing. Oh well, at least my son can tell what is in the picture from the colors! For this busy bag I "drew" pictures of stacked Legos and colored them in. The idea to have my children follow the instructions and build the pattern shown in the picture. I used random old Legos that I picked up at a rummage sale. I also laminated the pictures with my Scotch Laminator so they can be used over and over again.

Preschool Busy Bags Writing Game

Pre-Writing Preschool Busy Bag

This bag is a great little educational bag that can keep your little one busy for a while. All you need to do is make, or print off, some tracing sheets or pre-writing pages, and laminate the pages. Then your child can use a dry erase marker or something we love, Dry Erase Crayons, to trace the lines and letters.

Preschool Busy Bags

Muffin Tin Color Matching Preschool Busy Bag

This is another easy one to put together, all you need is a few pom poms, some colored construction paper, and a muffin tin. I found all of my supplies at the dollar store. Cut the construction paper (from the same colors as your pom poms) and glue into the bottom of the muffin tin cups. Then let your little one match the pom pom colors with the paper colors. So easy, and they will want to dump it out and do it over and over again.

Busy Bag Ideas

Laundry Line Preschool Busy Bag

This simple busy bag is great for fine motor skills and building strength in little fingers. Cut clothing shapes out of felt and find a thick piece of string or use part of an old laundry line. When your little one is ready to play, tie up the string (I tie it between 2 chairs) and let them pin the "clothes" on the line with some clothespins. You can also find all of the supplies for this bag at the dollar store.

toddler Busy Bags

If you have toddlers at home as well, you might be interested in these Toddler Busy Bags. Our youngest loves them and they are super simple (and under $1) to put together!


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1 Melanie Schraa May 10, 2016 at 6:30 am

Thank you for the great ideas, Merissa! My 4yo was sitting next to me while I was reading this article and immediately told me: “Mommy, I need to do these things! I’m a pre-schooler, you know? Can we make them?”
So this is what we’ll do next weekend. 🙂 She was especially impressed with the Lego construction sheets.
Greetings from Germany!


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