Busy Bag Indoor Activities

It has been a whopping 10 degrees around here for the last week or so……brrrrrr.  Its funny because normally even when it is cold, you will see kids out and about.  But when the temperature hits single digits, not even those brave 10 year old boys will be found outside.  Which means that everyone is inside.  And sometimes, a house full of bored, rambunctious kids can drive a parent a little nuts.  Sure there are video games, and television, and computer games, but I like to reserve those for desperate times.

A few weeks ago, my friend decided to do a busy bag swap.  We each made 1 or 2 activities to go in the busy bag and then made enough for everyone else involved.  I think there were 5 of us.  These are definitely geared towards kids ages 2-5.   So if your kids are older than that – this is to get your creativity flowing.  There are lots of activities like this that you could make for older children.  Busy bag activities are not only to give your kids something to do, but they also help your kids learn something.  Usually about numbers, colors, matching, etc.  My girls have loved playing with these! These are our favorite activities:


Color Shade Matching

For this activity you will need:

  • Paint color strips (2 of each color you want to use)
  • Clothespins
  • Gluedots or some kind of glue

Directions: Take one color strip and cut out a strip of each color to fit on the end of a clothespin.  Secure with glue.  Then repeat with other colors.

To Play: Your child will match each shade of color by pinning the correct shade on the clothespin to the correct shade on the color strip.

Popsicle Color Match

You will need:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Paint
  • Variety of felt
  • Thread

To make:  Cut two pieces of felt of each color in a shape to fit a Popsicle stick.  Sew together.  Paint each end of a Popsicle stick to match the felt colors.

To Play: Your child will match the Popsicle stick to the felt and slide the Popsicle stick in the felt color.

Color Noodle Match

Your will need

  • Small plastic cups
  • Markers
  • Colored noodles

To Make:  Mark each plastic cup with a different color by writing the word, or drawing the color.

To Play:  Your child will sort the colored pasta into the appropriate colored cup.

Bead Counting

You will need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads
  • Dice

To Make:  Place parts in a large ziploc bag.

To Play: Have your child roll the dice and count the number they roll.  They will string that many beads on a pipe cleaner.

Popsicle Stick Puzzle Match

You will need:

  • Large Popsicle sticks
  • A picture
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint (optional)
  • Sharpie marker

To Make:  Paint Popsicle sticks (if you want).  Cut your picture into strips that will fit on a Popsicle stick.  Take each strip and mod podge it to a Popsicle stick.  Number each stick in order so that the picture will line up.

To Play: Your child will match the picture together either by using the numbers or by looking at the picture.

Magnet Puffy Ball Activity

You will need:

  • Cotton colored puffy balls (I bought mine at the dollar store)
  • Small self-adhesive magnets
  • Colored printable.  Links to a couple of cute ones here and here
  • Metal cookie sheet

To make:  Place one magnet on the back of each puffy ball.  Place printable on a cookie sheet.

To Play:  Your child will match the puffy ball to the appropriate colors in the holes provided.

What do you like to do with your kids when it is cold outside?


Fun ideas!!

We do a lot of crafts, games, dance parties, and fort building when it’s rainy or cold. Mostly activities to keep them active, as my kids get really stir-crazy.

I’m filing your ideas away for the future when my little one is bigger and can enjoy them!


These are great ideas for the cold winter days inside. I love the color noodle match because it’s so simple and easy to clean up!


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