Busy bags are wonderful for times when kids need a quiet activity. They are great for reinforcing learning concepts. These sensory busy bags for kids are perfect for both of those things.
While all busy bags have some degree of sensory input to them, I’ve put together a list of those that offer really good sensory feedback.
When you incorporate more senses into learning, kids are more able to retain the concepts. Engaging sensory systems other than just the visual system helps both in memory and retention and in having a child’s sensory needs met.
These sensory busy bags can be used during quiet time with toddlers and preschoolers, in waiting rooms, on road trips, for church or while mom is busy making supper or helping other kids. Busy bags help to teach independence too. As an added bonus, many of these busy bag ideas below are excellent for fine motor practise.
By combining sensory elements into a busy bag, you can provide a rich learning opportunity for your child.
When making a busy bag, consider adding additional textures, sounds, or smells to enrich the experience. This doesn’t have to be complicated to do. Simply adding a drop of vanilla to a busy bag with felt cupcakes would increase the sensory experience.
Our Sensory Busy Bag Ideas:
Texture Cards (tactile, visual)
Simple String Busy Bag (proprioception, visual, tactile)
Smell Bottles (olfactory)
Simple Sewing Busy Bag (tactile, visual, proprioception)
Counting Busy Bag for Math Skills (tactile, proprioception)
I-Spy bag (visual, tactile)
Simple Scooping Busy Bag (visual, tactile)
Busy Bags with Pipe Cleaners (visual, tactile, auditory, proprioception)
Beading Busy Bag (proprioception, visual, tactile)
Colours and Fine Motor Busy Bag (tactile, visual)
Lacing Cards (tactile, visual)
7 Busy Bags for Teaching Colours (visual, proprioception, tactile)
Colour Mixing Sensory Bags (visual, proprioception, tactile)
More Busy Bags:
Here are some other sensory rich busy bags that you can create. Kids will love these!
Nuts and Bolts Busy Bag from Teaching Mama
Textured Pattern Craft Sticks at Growing Hands on Kids
Sponge Tower from Toddler Approved
Solar System I-Spy Busy Bag from Research Parent
Self-Care and Morning Routine Busy Bag at Lalymom
Felt Emoji Busy Bag from Views for a Step Stool
Build a Minion Busy Bag from Happy Brown House
Fun Food Play Dough Mats from Picklebums
Tic Tac Toe on Simple Play Ideas
Color Match Game from Glued to my Crafts
Jelly Beans Busy Bag from Teach Me Mommy
Acorn Math on Toddler Approved
Practical Life Button Turkey from Natural Beach Living
Felt Sandwich Busy Bag from Glued to my Crafts
Beautiful Bugs Playdough Mats over on Picklebums
Bug I-Spy Busy Bag from Views from a Step Stool
Calming Busy Bag on Lemon Lime Adventures
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