Stuck inside with kids during winter? Get a few winter busy bags ready to have on hand for your toddlers and preschoolers when they get restless and bored with their toys! They will have fun playing on their own and you will have few minutes to do your work around the house.
Why Busy Bags?
Busy bags are such a fantastic way to keep little ones busy while the winter weather keeps us all indoors! Busy bags keep toddlers engaged in a fun activity, and keep them happily occupied while you do what you need to around the house. They can also be taken anywhere, and buy you some peace if you are at an appointment, traveling long distances or need some quiet time.
You can use winter busy bags:
- for independent playtime at home
- when travelling by train, car or plane with your child
- when waiting at doctor’s office or restaurant
Good things about busy bags:
- you can prepare them in advance
- small and portable – pieces are usually stored in zip-loc bags
- inexpensive new toys for your toddlers and preschoolers
Take a look at these winter themed, creative and fun busy bags which you can make at home!
Snowman Themed Busy Bags
Build a snowman using plastic round trays, cotton balls, board arms and googly eyes. (via Growing Hands On Kids)
This Snowman Dice Game busy bag is a very cute game little ones can play while learning to count! Includes free printable mat. (via Glued to My Crafts)
Learn shapes with this sweet Snowman shape matching activity. Includes free printable. (via Totschooling)
Arrange shapes with this mess-free Build A Snowman Baggie. (via Made by Mollie’s Mom)
Make a colorful snowman with this cute felt activity. (via Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails)
Use bottles and cotton balls to build a snowman. Perfect for fine motor practice! (via Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails)
Snowman dress-up busy bag comes with a free printable. To prepare it as easy as print and cut! (via Fun with Mama)
Snowflake Busy Bags
Children get to copy snowflake image cards and make fun felt snowflakes. Includes free printable snowflake cards. (via Money Saving Mom)
Create different shaped snowflakes using craft sticks and styrofoam balls in this free printable snowflake task cards busy bag. (via School Time Snippets)
Make a busy bag with these cute counting cards and learn to count to ten with icy manipulatives. Includes free printable ten frame cards. (via School Time Snippets)
Recreate snowflake patterns from these lovely cards using precut felt shapes and a felt board. (via Teach Beside Me)
Picking up q-tips and arranging them to form a snowflake is a great workout for little fingers! Includes free printable patterns. (via Homeschooling My Kinetic Kids)
Snow Busy Bags
Try this cute fine motor snowball busy bag and pick up ‘snowballs’ with tweezers. (via Modern Preschool)
Little ones can sort and arrange numbers in order from 0 to 5 with this free counting snowballs math activity busy bag. (via Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Recreate the patterns on free printable pattern cards in this Q-Tip Snowflake Busy Bag. (via Playdough to Plato)
This fun art and math snowflake activity uses different shaped and sized popsicle sticks. (via Fantastic Fun and Learning)
Winter Clothing and Weather Busy Bags
Learn how to keep warm with this winter clothes dress up busy bag. Includes free printable. (via Teaching Mama)
Have fun matching mittens with this clothespin game. (via Happy Hooligans)
Make a winter scene with this free printable winter scene playdough mat. (via Living Well Mom)
Another felt based busy bag to prepare for your child – sewing mittens. This is an awesome busy bag for fine motor practice.
Practice beading with this complex Winter Patterns fine motor skill activity.
Penguin Busy Bags
Count to 10 with this free printable penguin counting mat. (via Modern Preschool)
Dress up a penguin with this felt penguin busy bag activity. (via STEAMsetional)
Skating penguins are a lot of fun with this magnetic small world activity. You will need a couple of rocks and a small tin box. (via Adventures and Play)
Play a matching game with this penguin winter clothes color matching activity. Includes free printable. (via Totschooling)
Penguin Mix and Max busy bag is perfect for imaginative and pretend play. (via Teach Me Mommy)
Extend Playtime with a Book
We suggest picking few winter themed books for your toddlers and preschoolers and pair the book with a busy bag. Here are some of our favorites!
Biscuit loves playing in the snow! There is soft, powdery snow everywhere! It’s the perfect day for snow angels, sledding, and snuggling up with someone you love. A sweet story about a girl and her puppy on a winter day. The illustrations are cute and cheerful. The corners are rounded and pages are thick and easy to turn.
Bells chiming, robins singing, brass bands playing Christmas tunes, choirs singing carols… With beautiful illustrations, holes to peep through and finger trails to explore, this is a sumptuous way to celebrate the festive season.
A gentle, repetitive story about forest creatures on a cold winter’s day and night. With colorful, child-friendly illustrations this is a sweet pick for cozy storytimes by the fire.
What Else Can You Do With Your Kids on a Cold Winter Day?
You can invite your toddlers and preschoolers to explore arctic animals in a small world setting. If your children are anything like mine, they will be excited to get their hands on faux snow slime! And, since it’s winter and cold, you can play with ice! Have fun!
Other Busy Bag Ideas for Your Children
- 7 Days of Busy Bags for Toddlers (any day)
- Valentine’s Day Busy Bags
- Easter Busy Bags
- Spring Busy Bags
- Christmas Busy Bags