I love the idea of toddler busy bags! I first discovered the idea when my first daughter was a toddler and I was beginning to work on homeschooling her while I was working from home. And I needed lots of ideas for fun activities for toddlers.
Busy bags offer fun and simple activities that are mostly focused on learning and motor skills and happily keep little ones busy for at least 15-20 minutes. And that’s light years for moms with toddlers!
Here is a list of fun and easy busy bags that are perfect for your 2-year-old. This means the pieces aren’t too small, they’re easy and engaging for toddlers to do, and they don’t contain stuff that’ll ruin your house when you’re not looking.
You’re welcome for that last one!
How to Make Your Own Busy Bags the Cheap and Easy Way
The first step is finding your bags. Many moms use reusable pencil holders. Here’s a multicolored pack of 24.
You can also just use durable slide locking Ziploc bags like these. Honestly, that’s what I use because they’re cheaper and bigger. They just don’t look at cute as the colorful ones.
Then you’ll want to search lists like this one and find a few busy bags you want to make. Create a list of supplies. Try to first use what you have on hand first and also look at the clearance area inside most craft stores.
Once you have your supplies, it’s time for the fun to begin! You can also allow your older kids to make
This may be weird to you but I don’t like making my busy bags in front of my toddler. I love showing them when it’s all done. I don’t want to spoil the magic. But obviously do what works for you.
Finally, if you make a whole batch you’ll want to store them somewhere that keeps them from getting damaged. You can store in a drawer or a plastic bin that’s just for busy bags.
Pro mom tip: Do NOT store them with your toddler’s regular toys or in a place they can reach them on their own.
For one, you want them to be special every time you present them. This honestly keeps them playing so much longer. And two, you don’t want to walk in the room to see all your carefully crafted busy bag items all dumped into one glorious pile!
Talk about mom meltdown.
Now let’s get to all the fun.
27 Busy Bag Activities for
2 Year Olds
I’ve divided the busy bag ideas into categories so you can easily find the type of activity you want to work on first.
Fine Motor Skills Activities
No Sew Button Snake – Twitchetts
Crazy Straws – Powerful Mothering
Popsicle Stick Drop – Adventures and Play
Wooden Animal Lacing – Little Lifelong Learners
Pool Noodle Lacing – Planet of the Apels
Puzzle and Matching Activities
Super Hero Mix and Match Puzzle – School Time Snippets
Shapes Matching – Plain Vanilla Mom
Ladybug Number Match Up – Coffee and Crayons
Winter Counting Puzzle – Life Over CS
Memory Game with Lids – Powerful Mothering
Felt Counting Chain – Glued to My Crafts Blog
Alphabet Match Up – Learning 4 Kids
Crocodile Counting Match – Reading Confetti
Shapes, Letters, and Colors Recognition
Pom pom Color Egg Carton Sort – The Stay at Home Mom Survival Guide
Rainbow Sorting – Learning and Exploring Through Play
Fish for Shapes – Little Family Fun
Q Tip Counting Trays – Mama Jenn
Colored Stick to Clothes Pin Matching – Teach Me Mommy
Egg Carton Color Sort – The Imagination Tree
Alphabet Tracing Sheets – Money Saving Mom
Letter Spoon Match Up – Organized Jewish Home
Shape Sorting Ice Cube Tray – Mess for Less
Just Plain Fun Activities
Felt Tic Tac Toe Game – Childhood 101
Little Red Riding Hood Finger Puppets – Easy Peasy and Fun
Travel Felt Board – Mama Smiles
I Spy Peekaboo Bag – Childhood 101
Pipe Cleaner Lacing Game – Parents
If you’re also looking for quality online activities, check out these YouTube learning channels for kids!