Friday, August 07, 2015

Kid Kit v2.0

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
  • Stickers
  • Wet-Ones wipes. The kit can't be all fun and games
  • Paper Dominoes
  • Tissues
  • 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.


  1. Anonymous4:05 PM

    I have been searching for a bag like that all afternoon. May I ask where you found yours?

  2. It's the bag that United Airlines gave to first / business class folks. It comes filled with various travel supplies to make your flight more pleasant. We were flying coach, and they had messed up our special meals. As a favor, they gave us each one of these goody bags. It's an odd sized bag, but perfect for the task I've put it to work for.