Do you love busy bags? I am so excited about today’s hidden picture printable! Busy bags are an awesome, totally amazing, and creative way for toddlers and preschoolers to occupy themselves without tearing apart the house.
We are just getting into busy bags with Bo, and she absolutely LOVED this hidden picture busy bag. She sat and played with it for nearly 30 minutes, which is basically a miracle.
This busy bag is a fun STEM project for toddlers.
How to do the Hidden Picture Printable STEM Activity
Here’s how you can make your own hidden picture STEM activity with toddlers and preschoolers:
Hidden Picture Busy Bag
Make your own hidden picture busy bag using these steps:
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Supplies for the hidden picture printable:
- Zipper pouch (I like the ones that can that can fit in a 3-ring binder)
- Colored transparent sheets in orange (yellow will also work), lime green, pink, and red (or you can color clear transparencies with permanent markers like we did)
- Hidden picture printable (click here to download)
- Laminator (optional, but a must if your little one has a destructive streak like Bo)
How to Make the Hidden Picture Busy Bag
Print the hidden words printable onto card stock paper. Flip the same piece of paper over and print the second page of the printable over the first page, creating an overlay over the text. The words and stars will be harder to read, but still visible to sharp eyes.
Cut the page in fourths along the greyed lines. If you have a laminator, I highly recommend laminating the sheets to make them more tot-friendly.
Cut a piece of pink, orange, green, and red transparency film to match the size of your printable sheets.
If you can’t find colored transparencies (I couldn’t find them locally, but Amazon has a huge selection) you can do what I did and purchase clear paper protectors and cut them into fourths.
Use colored permanent markers to color each rectangle red, orange, green, and pink to match the printable.
The Big Hidden Picture Busy Bag Reveal
Allow your tot to experiment with finding the hidden pictures by overlaying the color transparencies over the printable pages. The colors show up best when the color that matches the overlay is used.
The transparency filters out the overlay color and you are able to clearly see the contrasting color underneath.
Your preschooler may experiment by placing different colors over each printable or multiple pieces of film over the same picture.
There is no wrong way to play with this hidden picture busy bag!