What’s in my Busy Bag

With two small kids nearly constantly in tow, I need to have a busy bag. On a recent trip to San Diego where I was going to meet up with family, including 2 other toddlers, I made sure that my busy bag was fully stocked. Most of these items can be found in the Dollar Section or Party Section of Target…

Fun plates and straws – for eating out at a restaurant, getting a child to sit still and pay attention to their food can be as easy as making the place setting a little more fun.

Chenille Stems (pipe cleaners) – bend them into springs or shapes, a fuzzy wire can entertain for hours. Especailly when combined with…

Fun Dough. Or any kind of Playdoh. Because all kids love things that squish.

Markers/Crayons and a coloring book. Or even better – a coloring puzzle.

Dot to Dot game. My 4-year old loves playing this with his dad.

Bubbles. Entertain a child in almost any environment.

Bath toys. I like tossing these in my busy bag when traveling because when all else fails, toss ’em in the tub with some bath toys, and kids will stay entertained for the better part of an hour.

That’s what I keep in my busy bag… what do you put in yours?


  1. thanks for sharing!! its always nice to get creative ideas to keep lil ones busy!! xoxo miss u

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  4. As my children are now grown and married I no longer keep a busy bag for the kids. I keep one for myself. I get bored easily. In the past few years I have spent quite a bit of time at doctors offices and hospitals with family members. So I keep a to go bag that usually consists of change for the vending machines, a non perisable snack,a bottle of water, a current craft or sewing magazine, one or two books to read and some sort of portable hand project to work on. Anything from paperpieced hexagons, cathedral window squares or a current crochet or embroidery project. I also take this with me when we travel or go to family get togethers. I like to keep my hands busy when we aren’t cooking and eating.

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