Busy bags are basically ziplock bags of fun for your child, that have everything in the bag to do the activity. Prior to the swap, I had never heard of these and had to google them. They looked like so much fun, I decided to join the swap. I go volunteer at Mr E's school and I always bring a bag of fun stuff for Miss Molly. I thought busy bags would be extra fun for her to play with while I'm doing projects or copies for the teachers.
Our theme for the bags was "winter," but I found this wonderful little cupcake busy bag instructions at Money Saving Mom's blog. To keep it winter, I tried to stick with "winter" colors like blues and whites and sparkly felt.
If you want to make your own, it costs little of nothing. Hobby Lobby has felt sheets for 4 for $1, 4 is enough for one busy bag, plus raid your own pantry for a large ziplock and a couple of small ziplock bags for the sprinkles and big toppings. I added a glue stick to each bag, but these can easily be done without glue sticks so you can use them over and over. Then print off the instructions from the link above and create your own.