Saturday, July 13, 2013

Family Vacation - Kids Busy Box Idea

Right about near the beginning of June my family went on a much anticipated trip to the Chicago, IL area.  A week later we all drove down to Asheville, NC.  I knew that I was going to need to keep our three children entertained for the long ride and so I created some inexpensive "busy boxes" to keep them preoccupied and well fed.  When my kids have a full stomach they are very happy little travelers!  The baskets came from the Dollar Tree, the perfect size for our trip in the mini van.  I thought I'd just post about them here to help inspire others to pack their own.  You can pretty much go crazy with these, fill as little or as much as you think your children can handle.

Included inside of my 2 1/2 year old son's basket:
  • 3-in-1 activity pad (Dollar Tree)
  • box of Rose Art crayons
  • toy bull dozer
  • monkey stickers (he loves monkeys)
  • baggie of popcorn (wish I owned reusable snack bags)
  • bag of pretzels
  • package of crackers
  • bag of dried fruit with sunflower seeds
  • small electronic game ($1 from Walmart)
  • baggie with a two gummy worms, one licorice, and one marshmallow candy 
  • Capri Sun juice pouch

Inside of my 7 year old son's basket:
  • small drawing pads
  • Cars stickers booklet
  • box of Rose Art crayons
  • baggie of popcorn
  • bag of pretzels
  • package of crackers
  • bag of dried fruit with sunflower seeds
  • small electronic game ($1 from Walmart)
  • baggie with a two gummy worms, one licorice, and one marshmallow candy 
  • Capri Sun juice pouch
  • Hot Wheels cars

Included inside of my 9 year old daughter's basket:
  • big composition book (she loves to journal)
  • sparkly stickers
  • box of Rose Art crayons
  • baggie of popcorn
  • bag of pretzels
  • package of crackers
  • bag of dried fruit with sunflower seeds
  • small electronic game ($1 from Walmart)
  • baggie with a two gummy worms, one licorice, and one marshmallow candy 
  • lip balm


Other essentials that I recommend packing include:
  • neck pillows for napping
  • a small fuzzy blanket for napping and cuddling
  • a case of bottled waters (buying a case is so much cheaper than singles from the gas station)
  • slippers to wear in the vehicle, shoes can start to feel heavy on dangling legs
  • baby wipes for sticky messes
Happy travels!
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