20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People | Part 4

Here we are again with another busy bag post! The weeks sure seem to be going quick! I had fun putting together these busy bags over the last week and am looking forward to sharing them with you.

These bags are perfectly suited to my 12 month old boy. They focus on developing his fine motor skills and for introducing and practicing new words for his language development. I also believe that they will grow with him and that he will continue to enjoy them as he becomes an older toddler and even a preschooler. The farm set will be used for increasingly complex dramatic play, the Mr Potato Head can have more accessories added to it, the magnets could be used for picture making and puzzles and the wallet may turn into a much loved possession, I know a lot of kids who would love a purse like Mum!

So let's have a look at the busy bags for this week!

1. Farm Mat Busy Bag

Farm Mat Busy Bag | 20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People

A variety of farm animals to play with on a square of material with a farm theme. You could use all sorts of animals depending on what themed pieces of material you can find!

2. Felt Mr Potato Head

Felt Mr Potato Head | 20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People
Develop both fine motor and language skills as Mr Potato head is built. The great thing about this is that it can be done in any language, perfect for bilingual babies like my boy!

3. Magnets

Magnets | 20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People



The lid to a metal container makes a great base for magnet play, think gourmet biscuits and chocolates next time you are at the shops!

4. Wallet with Family Photos

Wallet with Family Photos | 20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People
Do you have a child who loves to play with your wallet and pull everything out? Now they can have one of there own! I found an old wallet and filled it with family photos for something sweet. He can recognise names and faces and even partially familiarise himself with new family members he will meet at Christmas!

5. Montessori Cylinder Blocks

Montessori Cylinder Blocks | 20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People
I found that the tubes from the middle of garbage bag rolls are the perfect size for fitting our wooden cylinder blocks from our typical set of blocks. I put some (fancy) tape on the bottom to stop the blocks slipping right through and used a rubber band double wrapped to hold them tight together. This is a particular favourite for my 12 month old!

So there you go, 20 busy bag ideas for the busy little people in your life from Lauren at Teacher Types and myself!

Make sure to go back and read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 of our series and then be sure to pin your favourites for later so you don't lose the ideas! Or even better, pin our collage to come back to them all!

Alison :)

20 Busy Bags for Busy Little People

*** Please take note: as with any baby and toddler play activities, please be mindful of objects smaller than a 50c piece that may present as a choking hazard. Always supervise your little one, and of course, you know your child best.

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22 comments:

  1. It was lovely teaming up with you this month Alison. Thanks so much. I hope your little man loves his busy bags you've made for him.
    Your blog has done so well since you stared in July and I've really enjoyed your posts. Keep up the great work! xox

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    1. Aw thanks Lauren, I've enjoyed doing this with you too! :)

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  2. I love the wallet of photos idea! That one would work a treat with my little girl.

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    1. They love pulling cards out don't they!

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  3. Love the felt mr potato head - awesome!

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    1. There are so many online tutorials about how to make one, lots of cool accessories too!

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  4. Love the magnets - they're always a great learning and discovery activity! And yep little miss was enamoured with wallets from a very early age too!

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    1. My boy LOVES magnets at the moment!

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  5. Wonderful ideas to stimulate creative play! You have a beautiful, and very worthwhile site!

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  6. Fabulous ideas! My daughter would love these. I think I might try to put the felt Mr. Potato Head together, as we'll be off on a long plane journey soon... Thanks for sharing! #momslibrary

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    1. The Mr Potato Head is very easy! Good luck for your plane trip! We leave on ours in 1 week!

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  7. Wow. You're a clever mummy! I love all of these, especially the photo in the wallet one :)

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  8. Love the felt Mr. Potato head! The wallet is one that we have done too, kids love to look at pictures of their family!

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    1. Yes, they are fascinated with family photos aren't they!

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  9. These are great ideas! The wallet one is genius - so simple but a great way for kids to look at pictures of their loved ones and feel grown up because they have a wallet! ;) #FrugalFamilyLinky

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  10. Wonderful ideas! Featured you on Mom's Library this week!

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  11. Love all of these ideas!! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday

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  12. I love the wallet idea! All of these are super cute! Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerFunFriday!

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