Cars and Carts

I am working on coming up with things for Wallace to do in the car and at stores (while I source books) that don’t include screens or begging me for snacks. I emailed with Screen Free Parenting and she suggested I make a waiting places bag. These things are set aside for when waiting is necessary like doctor’s appointments, restaurants, and road trips. They also had a good post about long car rides. I started looking up busy bag ideas that could work in a car seat or cart as well as looking around the house for things we already have. These could be put in a ziploc bag, a zipper pencil case ($1 at Walmart and Big Lots!), a hard pencil case, or a shoe box and then stored in the trunk or in a spot inside near the front door. A lot of these things we already have and the homemade ones are easy to assemble.

Pre-Made Ideas

Homemade Ideas

What do your kids play with while waiting or have around that would work for this? I would love to come up with more homemade ideas as they have been fun to put together with Wallace.

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Single mom by choice, lesbian, natural living, parenting, car free, Chicago.Thank you for reading and feel free to leave a comment!
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2 Responses to Cars and Carts

  1. Darlene Dee says:

    We just discovered the Melissa & Doug Water Wow books and the ToddlerMonster LOVED them!!!! She has ‘painted’ each of the four pictures about five times in the last 48 hours. They really do dry clean and ready to be painted again. I suggest dabbing the page with a napkin or something before Wallace turns the page to prevent them from sticking together.
    We also have the puffy stickers and they are indeed reusable, as advertised. Some of them are reallllllly small, though.
    I’ll have to check out some of the other things on your list!!

  2. JennP says:

    We don’t have the puffy sticker ones. The ones we have are like a jumbo pad of paper size with lots of scenes and stickers that are like colorforms. He got to try out the water wow once at a friend’s house and really liked it. Good tip!

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