When you’re at a restaurant, in the car, or headed to the beach, do your kids drive you crazy by fighting or by saying that they are bored? I have found several variations of a busy bag/box on Pinterest, and created my own. My bags have changed over the years these are my recommendations for keeping them away from electronics!
My Restaurant Bag contains:
When my kids were toddlers, I used to pack lots of board books, large Duplo blocks, finger puppets, Crayola dough, laminated play dough mats, stacking cups and Fisher Price plastic animals. For older kids, add Legos, playing cards, trivia questions, the Uno game, books, Mad libs, and maze books.
My Car Bag contains everything from my restaurant bag, plus the following:
A fun idea that I started on a 10 hour trip to Myrtle Beach, was to get baby links from the dollar store and connect them from one car hook to the one across from it in the backseat, and a super hero traveled link to link every hour that passed. Also, since each of my kids had a small version of the car bag next to them, with each activity organized inside a smaller container, there were no melt downs!
Taking a family of four to the beach is like a jigsaw puzzle! Everything needs to be organized and in a certain area or else it will be covered in sand or forgotten. Thanks to many invites to Thirty One parties I am well prepared for the beach with bags!
My Beach Bag is a system of smaller bags:
Staying organized, even on vacation helps me keep my sanity, and my husband prepared. When the ice cream man rings his bell and the kids go running, all he has to do is reach in the tote and grab the cash, not waste time looking for it.
I hope I have inspired you to create your own “Busy Bags” for whatever situation calls for it. Have fun and safe travels this summer!
Annie Kilbride is the CEO of Life Simplified, LLC a professional organizing business.