This Silly Straw Bead Threading Busy Bag is sure to keep preschoolers busy.

While teaching them how to sort colors and strengthen fine motor skills.

Busy Bags are a great way to keep preschoolers occupied whether you use them while eating out, during appointments, or just a quick activity to have on hand for those moments when you need a little quiet time or a chance to cook dinner.


This busy bag is easy to put together since it only uses two items. It packs two early learning skills into one activity–kids will sort beads by color and they will work on fine motor skills at the same time. This is a simple and straight-forward activity with little prep time.

To make this busy bag you will need:

  • Silly Straws (I found a pack of 6 at the dollar store)
  • Large hole round beads (Pony beads are too small, find beads with a larger opening. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.)

After gathering your supplies, invite the kids to place the beads on the silly straws. Encourage them to sort the beads by color and place the same color bead on the corresponding straw.

When the kids are all done with threading the beads on the silly straws, you’ll have a fabulous rainbow of fun! Kids will be proud of themselves for finishing this task perfect for strengthening little fingers’ fine motor skills.

For more fun busy bag ideas, check out the book Busy Bags Kids Will Love: Make-Ahead Activity Kits for a Happy Preschooler and a Stress-Free Parent by Sara McClure.

This book is packed with easy-to-make activities to make skills of math, literacy, fine motor skills, and fun…well, fun! It is 128 pages with 52 busy bag ideas (one for every week of the year) AND each section of the book (math, literacy, fine motor skills, and just for fun) has an explanation of early childhood development in each of these areas. Plus, there’s an explanation of busy bags and their uses, information about how to host a busy bag swap, and a list of 100 Things Kids Should Know Before Entering Kindergarten. Be sure to grab your copy today!


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