Busy bags are one of my favorite ways to keep kids happy and engaged on their own. And one of the best ways to make sure busy bags are a hit is to use kids’ interests to inspire the theme and and what kid doesn’t love dinosaurs? This dinosaur matching busy bag is sure to get kids excited!
And it’s way easier to put together than you think!
The idea behind a busy bag is that you make it once for kids to play with over and over again independently. They’re great for working on skills kids need practice on while giving you a chance to get something done.
The idea behind dinosaurs is that they are super awesome. Even kids who aren’t dying to be paleontologists when they grown are think hands-on dinosaur activities are fun. This simple dino themed busy bag can be made in minutes and played with for years. Really.
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Dinosaur Matching Busy Bag
This busy bag can be put together in minutes with just two supplies. Start by taking small balls of the air dry clay and flattening them out on the table with your hands.
Press a dinosaur into each one to create a “fossil” for the kids to match. Let the fossils sit out to dry for a day or two overnight and then they’re ready for playtime.
Place the dinosaurs and the fossils in a resealable bag or small bin for the kids to play with. They can develop their problem solving skills by using the details of the fossils to match each one to the correct dinosaur. Then once matched kids can use both the dinos and the fossils for pretend play and storytelling. You can even hide them all in sand or dirt to add to the fun.
I bet your kids will come up with more ways to play with it than I can even think of.
Dinosaurs and busy bags lead to smiling kids who want to play on their own!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Dinosaur Matching Puzzles Free Printable // Powerful Mothering
Dinosaur Playdough Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.
Dinosaur Counting Cards // The Kindergarten Connection
Dinosaur Matching // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Dinosaur Guessing Game // Play & Learn Everyday
Free Editable Dinosaur Name Plates // Fairy Poppins
Free Dinosaur Number Puzzles // Playdough to Plato
Dinosaur Egg Colour Matching // Teach Me Mommy
How to Stomp Out Dinosaur Sized // Sugar Aunts
Dinosaur Colours and Numbers Busy Bag // Adventures of Adam
Dinosaur Emergent Reader // The Kindergarten Connection
Free Dinosaur Subitizing Game // Fairy Poppins
Dinosaur Sensory Bottle // The Pleasantest Thing
Dinosaur Letter Tracing // Modern Preschool
(Not Shown) Dinosaur Busy Bag // Study at Home Mama