As a home school mom of two very active girls, I have found busy bags to be a complete life saver. From the times when they are simply just bored and just want something to do, the moments that I need to make a phone call or when I am trying to keep my youngest busy while I work on school with her sister.
Busy bags almost always seem to be the answer. Today I am sharing 3 fall busy bag ideas. Season appropriate busy bags have been a favorite at our house since the arrival of Fall. We’ve included affiliate links to the products you’ll need to do the activities, in case you don’t already have them on hand at home.
1. Jack O Lantern Pumpkins
This fun busy bag lets kids create jack o lantern faces over and over and over again. I am always amazed at how long my girls can play with this.
Materials needed: orange and black felt, possibly brown if you want to add stems.
Simply cut a pumpkin like shape out of the orange felt, and glue on the the optional stem if desired. Then you can take your black felt and cut out all sorts of fun shapes for the eyes, noses and mouths.
2. Acorn Counting Game
This game works on counting skills and adding skills. For a toddler version I made cards that have a numbers on them. The idea is to recognize the number and drop the right amount of acorns into the bucket. For older kids + and – signs could be added to create math problems.
Materials needed: Acorns, bucket (I covered a plastic cup with felt and added a handle), Cards – download them here.
All you need to do for this bag is locate a bucket and acorns. Then print out the acorn cards and write your numbers on them.
Total Cost: Free – $3 depending on the bucket you choose.
3. Button Hole- Leaves.
A classic busy bag favorite with a fun fall twist. This activity is great for working on fine motor skills. You can also add in card or extra leaves to work on making colored patterns.
Materials needed: Orange, red, yellow and brown felt, Buttons, Rope or string.
Print or draw a leaf pattern and cut out as many leaves as you wish. Cut a small slit in the leaves. You want them to be easy to get on, but not to easy. For the button string simply knot the rope on both ends of the button, gluing it in place for a safety. If you want to add pattern building you could use paper leaves or extra leaves to make the example pattern for the child to replicate.
Total Cost: Under $3
Do you use busy bags to educate and help keep you children occupied?
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