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. Mihaela

    Ooo! Printing these right away for Christmas activity advent calendar we’re putting together for my girls!

    • Malia Hollowell

      Yay!! I’m thrilled that the snowflake busy bag will come in handy!

    • Malia Hollowell

      I’m super excited you’re a fan of the Q-tip snowflakes, Emma!!

  2. tiffany

    I tried printing the q-tip snowflakes and the q-tip silhouette is smaller than a traditional q-tip. Has anyone else had this issue or is it possibly just an incorrect setting on my printer?

    • Malia Hollowell

      I’m sorry to hear that you’re having difficulty printing the snowflakes to scale, Tiffany. In case it helps, my printer’s an HP and the sizing was spot on.

      Hope you’re having a good start to your week!


  3. fozia

    i cant find the download button on this page , really like this qtip activity help!

  4. Amber Scott

    Could we use this printable and make up a handful of busy bags to donate to our local Children’s hospital? I don’t know what the terms of use are and didn’t want to do something I shouldn’t.

    • Kimberleigh

      Hello Amber,
      Thank you so much for reaching out, I emailed you.
      Have a wonderful day,

  5. liz

    I can’t print this activity… am I missing it?


    • Ashley

      Hi Liz,
      Thanks for reaching out. You should be able to download this printable by clicking on the blue “Download Now” button at the bottom of the post. Please check out our troubleshooting video HERE for help.
      Ashley // Happiness Ambassador



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