Why do your kiddos need a winter busy bag? Brrr! It’s cold outside. And, your preschooler just announced that she’s ready for a day of outdoor snow-filled play. But, she’s still wearing her princess pj’s and is refusing to put on anything other than flip-flops. So, the day out in the freezing cold is canceled. Or, at least for now.
What now? A busy bag is the perfect solution to a day indoors. Your child doesn’t know what to do and needs something to keep her busy (that’s why it’s a “busy” bag). Take the winter theme and create your own bag that’s stocked with a snowman, snowflakes and more. And bonus, you can use this one over and over again!
Here’s what you’ll need to create your child’s winter busy bag:
- White craft felt (cut into circles)
- Blue craft felt (along with a few other assorted colors – you can also reuse scraps from other projects)
- Cotton balls
- Cotton swaps
- Fabric scraps (cut these into small-sized shapes)
As you’re prepping the busy bag, let your child get in on the action. There’s plenty of learning opportunities here. Start out by cutting the white felt into circles. Ask your child to help you find a circle shape somewhere in the house. You’ll use this as a stencil. Maybe she’ll spy a soup can (the bottom is a perfect circle) or the end of a paper towel tube. She can also create circles in different sizes.
Trace the circle. Rather, let your child trace it. She can use a marker to draw her design right onto the felt. After she’s drawn at least three circles, help her to cut them out.
Now you’re ready to start adding all of the wintry items to the busy bag. Fold a sheet of blue craft felt and pop it into the bag. Put in the felt circles, some other assorted felt shapes, the fabric scraps, the cotton balls and the cotton swabs.
What can your child do with her winter activity bag? Anything she wants! She can make her own DIY felt board by unfolding the blue craft felt sheet. Press the white felt circles onto it (they’ll stick) and dress the snowy friend up with more felt or fabric accents.
If she’s more into snowflakes, your child can build her own designs with the cotton swabs. Again, use the blue felt as a background. The swabs won’t exactly stick, but it will create a snow on the sky effect.
Don’t forget about those cotton balls. Your child can pull them apart to make it “snow” on the felt or stack them to make snow people. She can also add them to the white felt circles, making textured snowballs. Give her some school glue to make the activity into a more permanent piece of art!
What did your child make out of her winter busy bag? Share your kiddo’s creative idea in the comments section below!
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Erica is a mom, educator and parenting writer, with an MS in child development. When she’s not teaching, she’s busy creating kids’ activities for her blog Mini Monets and Mommies.