Today we have pulled out our bag with bottle caps to see which easy activities for toddlers we can put together for busy bags where the toddler can play individually. And we have come up and put together 5 easy busy bag activities in under 10 minutes, all with bottle caps! All of these are very easy busy bags for toddlers 2 years and under. (Parental supervision is required if you have a child who puts everything in a mouth.)
If you have been around for some time and follow our activities, you know that we love to recycle and reuse and many of our activities are with stuff from recycle bin. There are so many fun games and toys we can make from trash! Plus, girls are asking for new toys and reusing stuff is the way to turn something we would throw away in a free new toy!
And if you wonder what are busy bags, it’s really simple: busy bag or quiet bag is an activity you can prepare in advance and have at hand when you need to get few minutes to do something without your toddler under your feet! You store busy bags in zip lock bags (you can also use plastic containers or cardboard boxes or whatever suits you best) and pull them out to give them to your toddler to play. Make few when you have some free time and rotate them so it doesn’t get boring.
BUSY BAG #1 – matching bottle caps by color and size
Just grab whichever bottle caps you have in pairs and throw them in the bag. Give them all at once to your toddler to match pairs – bottle caps of same colors and sizes. You can make it less challenging with only one pair of each color and let them name colors as they find pairs. This no money spent activity is great for color recognition.
busy bag #2 – sequencing bottle caps by size
For this activity, you will need to have a larger stash of bottle caps. We used a mix of plastic and metal bottle caps in different sizes. They should all fit inside the largest bottle cap (in this case it’s from a jar). Concepts toddlers will learn with this simple activity are: the largest, the smallest, bigger than, smaller than. Lots of early math fun!
busy bag #3 – color match with bottle caps and buttons
To set up bottle cap and button color match busy bag pick several caps in different colors and find the buttons in matching colors. As you can see in the picture, we didn’t have any yellow buttons so we ended up with golden button for the yellow cap. Another easy activity helping toddlers with their fine motor skills (fitting buttons inside bottle caps) and naming colors.
busy bag #4 – bottle cap and foam sheet color match
We used foam sheets because that’s something we had at hand, but you can also use paper sheets in different colors to substitute foam sheets. Pick several colors of sheets and add few of bottle caps in those colors for toddlers to sort.
busy bag #5 – fine motor bottle cap activity with elastics
We have girls so hair elastics are something we have all over the house. This way they are at least used for something good – matching elastics by color with bottle caps is strengthening toddler’s fine motor skills.
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Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.