I was recently at the dollar store and saw that they had a big bag of foam shapes. Usually their foam is all thin and the shapes are really small, but this bag was very assorted. There were thick and thin foam pieces and lots of different shapes. Basically, it was too good to pass up.
I decided that the shapes would be perfect for a busy bag!
I simply went through the bag and found several basic shapes in lots of different colors and sizes. Some of the shapes needed trimming before I put them into the busy bag, but most of them were ready to go. I put in about 8 of each shape and included circles, squares, diamonds, rectangles, and triangles. I really only included the diamonds because there were so many in the bag. I just put all the shapes into the bag and it was ready.
To use the busy bag, show your toddler how to put all of the different shapes into different piles. For some toddlers, it might be easier to do just one shape at a time (find all of the circles and put them into a pile, then find all of the diamonds and put them into a pile, etc.).
This is a great activity for keeping your toddler busy while you take care of other things. However, if they just want to play with the shapes, that’s good, too.