Busy Bag: Car Play

Playing with Toy Cars is a classic busy bag activity. Since becoming a boy mom, I’ve regularly keep toy cars in my purse, and once handed a toy car from my purse to the fussy toddler of a stranger in line. (We moms have to stick together!)Toy cars are inexpensive, small, and a great way to make a new friend. For this busy bag activity, I added some adhesive measuring tape, to freshen things up a bit.

This project is part of Craft Lightning week. All week long we’re sharing projects that take 15 minutes or less to make, and keep small hands busy. My friends Angie from The Country Chic Cottage and Stacey from Glued to my Crafts are sharing a new project each day, and some of our crafty friends are joining in all week long to share their own crafty busy items. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post to see all of their ideas.

racecar busy bag

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For this project, you’ll need:
Cars – any and all cars welcome. These are inexpensive pull-back cars, but ones you push forward would work as well.
Adhesive measuring tape – I have 3 different brands. Thermoweb, Scotch, and a random measuring washi tape.

supplies for racecar activity busy bag

This craft really requires almost no crafting. Just put the tape on the floor, and start scooting your cars. You can make marks on the tape to see how far the cars went, but you don’t need to. For my preschooler, it was just an opportunity to incorporate the idea of measuring into his play.

And when we were done, we pulled up the tape – a simple lesson in cleaning up before we leave!

pull up tape

Here are some other great ideas for keeping the kids busy:

These DIY Tangrams will keep kids busy, and their minds working and creating different shapes.


This cardboard basket weaving is a fun way to keep little fingers busy.


Craft stick catapults are always fun for little ones to play with.


Lego lovers will love bringing Legos along with them to stay entertained.


These craft stick puzzles are as fun to make as they are to play with.


You can use your Silhouette machine to make your own puzzle.


This felt Easter Egg activity is great for seasonal creativity.


A surprise is in store every time kids try this shaving cream painting.


Stacey from Glued to My Crafts made this fun tic tac toe bag:


And Angie from the Country Chic Cottage added another page to her felt busy book with this football lacing page:





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