Preschool and Toddler Busy Bag Swap with Free Printable

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After the success of our previous Busy Bag swap, some of the ladies at our church wanted to get in on the action. We had a VERY informal get together… everyone came to church about fifteen minutes before the service and dropped their goodies off with me (I had a few minutes to divvy up the goods because I was teaching Sunday school and my little ones weren’t there yet). Everyone picked up their stocked bags filled with busy bags at the end of the service.

Here’s what we each walked away with:


1. Paint chip matching (we had this at our previous swap as well)

2. A Button Snake… kids lace shapes onto a long ribbon. You can see another example of one here.

3. A Lacing Toy… this awesome lady cut up a plastic dish drain and provided strings and pipe cleaners for endless play time. Toddlers can pull the string through the holes. Preschoolers can practice lacing and weaving.

4. Color Matching wheel … See below for the FREE printable that goes along with this one. Kids match colored clothespins to the color wheel.

5. Color Match circles… A Big circle is laid down with a color written on it. Kids match smaller circles with pictures done in the same color. (Example… the big circle says “green”… kids place a small circle with a green smiley face on top.

6. Pom Pom Push…. we also had this one at the previous swap. It is a huge favorite at our house. You take a small plastic container at cut a hole in the lid. Kids can push the pom poms through the hole. This mama put duct tape around the hole so no little fingers get cut with jagged plastic.


7. Magnetic Wand bottle… this is totally the favorite with all of my kids right now… even the eight year old wants a turn. The bottle is partially filled with small jingle bells and pipe cleaners. Kids use the magnet to pull the items up and let them drop. You can see another example here.

I showed in the previous post how I use zipper pouches to make the activities available to Little Sis. I don’t let her have access to all the busy bags at once. I like to rotate activities to keep them fresh and exciting. Here’s where I keep them in the mean time…


It is simply  a mid size Sterilite tote I picked up at Wal-Mart that I keep to the side of our school stuff. It’s easily accessible. I keep the individual activities in zip lock bags and in the tote when we are not using them.

And now…  the FREE printable of the color wheel (#4 above). I recommend laminating or covering the color wheel with contact paper to make it durable. Be sure to click the link BELOW the picture to download the PDF.

Color Wheel

 Click to download printable version ————->Color Wheel

Come back next week for some more ideas on keeping your preschooler and toddler busy while doing school with the big kids!

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4 responses to “Preschool and Toddler Busy Bag Swap with Free Printable

  1. Bobby

    I have made a bunch of busy bags for my kids but have never done a swap. Maybe I will now. Thanks!

  2. Anne

    You are one talented mama! Thanks for sharing your ideas with young (and not so young) moms.

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