Busy Bag Ideas for 4 Year Old’s

preschool busy bag

One of my more important preparations for camping last weekend and again for next week is sorting out the boys busy bags.  I dislike taking lots of plastic toys with us, but a few well chosen busy bags that easily fit into their personalised cotton bags, are perfect for entertaining them in the evenings or on wet mornings.

I created several busy bag ideas for Mr O for our holiday to Italy last year, check this post and this one to see all the contents.  It was incredibly successful at occupying him both on holiday and even at home throughout the year.  Of course one of the favourite busy bags was the train track small play that I created, click here to download your own.

train track printable

This year I have added a few new items, focussing on fine motor skills for Mr O, as he needs a bit more help at controlling a pencil.

fine motor skill busy bag

He loves this easy pipecleaner and bead counting bag, I think I might need to make more numbers up to 20, as he’s surprisingly quick at this!

He also enjoys sewing these buttons onto the plastic grid with his needle, effective and cheap.

fine motor skill busy bag

I’ve also been trying to make it easy on myself and have printed off some great sheets from Twinkl to supplement the handmade busy bags.

Twinkl busy bags

The mazes are great to help with fine motor control and pencil grip and if you laminate them you can just include a dry erase pen and wipe to make it re-usable.

My 4 year old has a great love for board games, so the DIY board game templates are great for him to use his imagination and create his own idea.  I’ve added several of these sheets, colouring pencils and a dice and buttons to this busy bag.

Do you use busy bags with your kids?  What are your favourite busy bag ideas?

J x


  1. June 10, 2016 / 5:39 pm

    These are such a good idea. I’m never organised enough to make anything like this, we tend to just make it up as we go along. I definitely need to put some thought into it next time we’re away though.
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