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3 Easy Busy Bag Ideas for Toddlers

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Little boys are so much fun! I am constantly amazed at what they come up with. Their silly jokes, their curiosity, and their declarations of affection completely wow me. Every day is an adventure. My two youngest are still at the stage where even going on an errand is an outing worth getting excited about, at least for the first few minutes in the car. I’ve learned if I have too many stops, their enthusiasm wanes. That’s why I try to never leave the house without snacks and busy bags.

3 Easy Busy Bag Ideas for Toddlers

My busy bags are not elaborate, but they are effective. I use Ziploc® bags so we can readily see the contents, but I switch things up so they don’t get bored with them. I generally tuck two or three busy bags in the boys’ backpacks and only offer them one at a time when I start seeing signs of discontent. I include small items they can pretend with or small manipulatives like rubber bugs, pipe cleaners and beads, cars, action figures or stickers and paper. By using the Ziploc® combo pack with both sandwich and snack size bags, I’m able to keep everything organized. The busy bags and easy on-the-go snacks like Yoplait® Yogurt, Nature Valley Granola Bars® or baggies with cereal or crackers help my guys keep their good buddy attitudes most days.

Ziploc Plastic Bags

Bead Bracelet Busy Bag Idea

Bug Themed Busy Bag

Sticker Book Busy Bag Idea

One of our frequent stops on errand days is Walmart—they have everything! Even my littles like to shop with me at Walmart. On our last trip, I picked up several of our favorite products and realized they are part of the General Mills® Box Tops for Education, one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs. Turned in Box Tops labels are worth ten cents so if every family collected the available Box Tops, it could make a significant difference for local schools.

Busy Bag Bead Bracelet Idea

Ziploc Sandwich & Snack Bags

Right now there’s a bonus too, only at Walmart. For every one Box Top of specially marked packaging submitted via a Walmart General Mills® purchase, you’ll receive four bonus Box Tops for your school. That means those five Box Top labels are worth 50 cents for the school of your choice. Your school will love you! Look for specially marked packages at Walmart — buy one Box Top product and get an additional 5 bonus Box Tops!

Busy Bags Made Easy

So the next time you’re heading out the door with your littles, remember my busy bag tips. And, remember to start collecting those Box Top labels. It’s an easy way to make a big difference.

This post has been sponsored by General Mills®

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she’s in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.