Make a busy bag – Toddlers

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Make a busy bag – Toddlers

It seems to be an unwritten rule among small children and toddlers that the moment you are most busy with something important (like driving!) they seem to lose interest in everything…!

A Busy Bag will help you be prepared for those times when you have to wait at the doctor’s office, hairdresser’s, grandmas or a restaurant. The activity should be kept in the car or in the nappy bag so that no matter where you go, even a day at the park, you will be able to entertain your toddler when nothing else will work.

So what to fill it with? Just about anything small, calm inducing that your little one will find interesting.

  • Box of chalk (better than crayons as it won’t cause damage!)
  • A small stuffed toys or finger puppets
  • Matchbox cars
  • A small tub of farm animals, dinosaurs or sea creatures
  • Simple wooden puzzles
  • Special individually wrapped snacks
  • Stickers, stamp; sticker books
  • Small Lego or duplo kit
  • Pencils and notebook or colouring pad
  • Small set flashcards with words and pictures
  • Favourite small book (The Mr. Men series books are the perfect)
  • Grown up sets of keys, purses, wallets and old mobile phones
  • Photographs & magazine cuttings
  • Small make-up brushes or small hair brushes
  • The list is endless if it’s something new it’s bound to be interesting!

Remember to keep it reserved for essential boredom-busting times only to ensure the bag keeps its appeal. The bag itself can be a drawstring bag, a calico bag (like your “My PlayLab bag”) or a children’s backpack. Ideally have a selection of bags, “wow I haven’t seen this red bag before!”, small gift bags are great. The key to keeping the Busy Bag interesting is to rotate the contents regularly, try keep a box filled with interesting contents (see reverse side for suggestions) near the front door and swap out the items regularly.

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