Ziploc activity bags are simply self-contained activities for toddlers, preschoolers and young children that include everything necessary for the child to complete the activity. Thus named because they are often stored in Ziploc plastic bags that are readily available from the supermarket. These bags have a plastic zip-style closing system that is easy for young children to manipulate, however we haven’t found them to be very long-lasting. Shoe boxes, trays or other containers are of course equally suitable but not so easily transported. Press-loc or snap-loc plastic bags are not as good because young children are not able to re-seal them independently, but if you don’t mind a few seconds to close each bag when they are done, they seem to last longer.
The kind of activity you can include is endless and their uses wide and varied. Some Mothers save them for school time activities while the older children require their attention. Others use them to take on holidays, while travelling in the car or when visiting with friends. They are useful for meals out in a restaurant, at home for mat time, blanket time, highchair time or table time activities. Whenever you need to keep a young child happily occupied these can be whipped out for hours of entertainment.
So what do you put in them? Almost anything really. Ideally they wouldn’t contain anything too messy if you want them to be easily transportable, but for home use anything goes.
- Lacing, threading or beading
- Construction toys
- Pattern blocks
- Cutting and paper craft
- Stickers and sticker books
- Small tea sets and mini teddies
- Finger puppets
- Mini whiteboard and eraser
- Small chalk board and duster
- Peg boards
- Board games
- Dot-to-dots and mazes
There are heaps of brilliant websites and blogs with an abundance of ideas for Ziploc bag activities;
Chasing Cheerios is one of my favourites with lots of wonderful toddler activities.
Natural Parents Network has some good ideas, including coloured pasta beading, pasta sorting, mini-books and stickers, lid sorting, playdough, cut and glue collage bag, and mini-playmats with cars and things.
Intrepid Murmurings has preschooler activity bags here.
There are lots of ideas for what they call “tote bags” here – just scroll down. They get better as they go.
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