I see that my Toddler Airplane Survival Kit is getting a boost of web traffic. That, combined with a summer full of spending time with kids, makes me think it's time to talk about my latest kid activity kit. I give you, Kid Kit 2.0™, the Grab and Go Edition®.
So here's what the kit looks like from the outside:
The notepad is a standard 3"x5" version and there to show scale.
The Kid Kit is actually pretty audacious in scope: it tries to have activities for toddlers to teenagers, both indoor and outdoor options, and to be there when kids would normally utter the B word. And it's got a somewhat proven track record: having made many a restaurant or shopping trip far more bearable for all involved. And of course, it's compact enough that I can toss it in my
murse Jr. Go Bag without a second thought.
The bag above has two compartments. In the main one are the following items:
- Sidewalk chalk
- Markers, crayons and a couple of glitter pens (which are especially favored)
- Various Matchbox type cars
- Various small plastic varmints
- A collection of Silly Bandz. Remember that craze?
- A bag of random Legos
- A tiny bag of rubber bands for making bracelets and such
- An inflatable beach ball (works as well for playing soccer as it does for playing in the pool)
The second pocket in the bag holds flat items:
- 3"x6" ziplock bags. Used for collecting stones and other interesting objects on hikes
- A loom tool for the rubber bands above
- Wet-Ones wipes. The kit can't be all fun and games
- Paper Dominoes
- Index cards, used as little canvases
- A How-to-Draw-Robots template
These items, the right mindset, and a little bit of luck, and just about any situation can be made into a tolerable if not fun adventure.
Have any suggestions for items to add? I'd love to hear them.