Q-tip Snowflakes

Activity for ages 3 to 5.

Busy bags are an easy way to entertain the kids when you’re on the go. Make them once, throw them into your bag, and you’re ready for some screen-free distraction in doctors’ offices, on planes and in restaurants.

Just like last month, I teamed up with some of my favorite blogging buddies to create a batch of addictively fun, brand new busy bags for kids. Since the holidays are just around the corner, the lineup this time has plenty of gingerbread men, candy canes and snow. Grab our Q-tip snowflakes below and then check out our friends’ awesome activities at the bottom of the post. Enjoy!

Awesome Busy Bag for Kids! Make Q-tip snowflakes!!Making the Q-tip Busy Bag

Making this busy bag is quick and easy. I printed the snowflake tracing cards on cardstock for extra durability and cut them apart. Then I grabbed a handful of Q-tips and slid them into a Ziploc bag. That’s it. See?! I promised it was easy.

Snowflake Busy Bag for KidsPlaying the Busy Bag

A little while later, I pulled out the busy bag and invited my 5-year-old to pick a card and start tracing it with Q-tips. Since every snowflake is different in the real world, I made a variety of designs for my mini-engineer. Easy ones like this cross.

Snowflake Busy BagAnd more challenging ones like this square and X combo.

Snowflake Q-Tip Busy BagHe loved the hands-on game and I loved the grab-and-go fine motor activity.

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Are you hooked on busy bags too? Scroll below and click the blue download button to grab your snowflake freebie and then check out these awesome ideas from some of our favorite kid blogger friends.

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15 Awesome Holiday Busy Bags for Kids.


Gingerbread Man Shape Matching Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering

Christmas Activities for Kids Printable Busy Bag // LalyMom

Christmas Counting Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons

Decorate a Play Dough Christmas Tree Play Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Gingerbread Button Counting Busy Bag // Wildflower Ramblings

Snowman Busy Bag // Frogs, Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Reusable Christmas Sticker Busy Bag // Still Playing School

Christmas Posting Busy Bag // Adventures of Adam

Christmas Tree Busy Bag // The Pleasantest Thing

Christmas Jingle Bells Fine Motor Busy Bag // Sugar Aunts

Printable Mix and Match Christmas Puzzles // Itsy Bitsy Fun

Christmas Chocolate Maker Busy Bag // Best Toys 4 Toddlers

Printable Q-tip Snowflakes // Playdough to Plato

Candy Cane Stripe Counting // Preschool Inspirations

An Early Reader Christmas Busy Bag // The Educators’ Spin on It

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  1. Debbie

    I can’t download the Qtip snowflake file. I watched the video but I couldn’t undo popups.Im not that save on the laptop. Sorry. I love your things!

    • Ashley

      Hi Debbie,
      Thanks for reaching out. To allow pop ups, when you try to download, there should be a little image that pops up in your toolbar saying pop ups have been blocked from this webiste. Simply, click on that and select allow pop ups from this website. If you’re still having problems, email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador

  2. Milissa

    Nothing at all happens when I click the download button.

    • Ashley

      Hi Milissa,
      Thanks for reaching out. I’m sorry you’re having trouble downloading. We never want that. Please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help. You’ll also want to make sure you have the most recent version of Adobe Reader Other and that you’re allowing pop ups from our site. If you still can’t get it to work, you can email me at hello@playdoughtoplato.com
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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