Busy Bags for Preschoolers Can Save Your Homeschool Day

Picture it: You’re just making progress with your first grader’s phonics lesson when your toddler or preschooler wakes from his nap. He demands attention now. The phonics lesson is interrupted, the first grader gets discouraged, the preschooler feels left out, and you’re frustrated. What do you do with preschoolers who want to do school with older siblings?

Or maybe you’re a new homeschooler just starting out with preschool. You want fun educational activities but you want to keep things informal and playful. You could spend all day searching Pinterest for ideas that may or may not pan out — or you could pick up a copy of Busy Bags Kids Will Love by Sara McClure and solve your problem right now.

{Be sure to read to the end for your chance to win a copy of the book!}

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Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for review. I was not required to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

Busy Bags Kids Will Love

What are busy bags? According to author Sara McClure, they’re “make-ahead activity kits for a happy preschooler and stress-free parent.” These activity kits include sensory bins, craft sticks, felt, and math counters/manipulatives to name just a few items. The book explains exactly how to make them with tons of clever ways to use them for learning fun. Here are a few for example:

  • activities for counting, patterns, and sorting objects
  • activities for letter identification, matching uppercase and lowercase letters, and forming letters
  • activities for strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • activities just for fun using felt, matching games, and a velcro version of paper dolls (we love that one!)

Most of the activities can be put together with things you probably already have on-hand around the house, especially if you generally keep a well-stocked homeschool supply for arts and crafts. The activities are ideal for the 2-6 year old age range.

Check out these great ideas for busy bags for your toddlers and preschoolers | Homeschool preschool | Review of Busy Bags Kids Will Love book

Read more on this subject: 5 Reasons Every Homeschool Should Use Sensory Bins

Busy Bags Kids Will Love is 128 full-color glossy pages with close-up photos to show the activities and how to make them. It’s such a handy reference guide. It can literally save you hours of time spent on Pinterest, hoping to find an activity that will actually work and that you have the supplies for and that won’t be a waste of time. Believe me, I’ve been there.

The book begins with a great introduction explaining busy bags, a.k.a. quiet boxes, and how and why you should use them. It also includes a list of 100 things kids should know before entering kindergarten.

The rest of the book is then divided into four sections:

Part 1: Math

Part 2: Literacy

Part 3: Fine Motor Skills

Part 4: Just for Fun

Check out these great ideas for busy bags for your toddlers and preschoolers | Homeschool preschool | Review of Busy Bags Kids Will Love book

Whether you’re a mom who needs some “me time” to get things done while keeping a toddler occupied or you want to provide your preschooler with educational “school” activities while your older kids get some homeschooling done, Busy Bags Kids Will Love is chock full of great ideas.

About the Author

Sara McClure is a former teacher with a Master’s Degree, specializing in Early Childhood Education. She’s now a stay-at-home homeschooling mom to her two sons. She has both the educational and real-life experience to be an expert in busy bag activities! She also blogs at Happy Brown House.

Check out these great ideas for busy bags for your toddlers and preschoolers | Homeschool preschool | Review of Busy Bags Kids Will Love bookWhere to Purchase

You can purchase Busy Bags Kids Will Love online at the following links:


Barnes and Noble


The Book Depository (free worldwide shipping!)


Indie Bound

{If you purchase the book and forward your receipt to sara@happybrownhouse.com, she’ll send you a free printable that goes with the activity on page 17.}

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Sara (327 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.

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