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Toddler Activity Bags

I don't know how many times I've been to a restaurant, and I can barely eat my meal without having to arm wrestle my daughter to sit still. Now I don't mean literally arm wrestle, but if you have a squirming toddler like we do, you know it literally is a full time job just to get your child to remain motionless for 5 minutes let alone 5 seconds. Now for the most part, we usually don't eat anywhere that takes longer than 15 minutes to prepare and bring out your food. But that doesn't mean it hasn't ever happened either. When we are feeling adventurous, and want to go to a nice family dinner, most of the time it takes longer than that. Which in turn means we have to be prepared for the worst, and by the worst I mean toddler tantrum in full effect. So I made these.. Toddler activity bags AKA Gold in a bag. These little gems, are filled with small treasures to keep your wiggly sticky fingered kid entertained for at least the time you are waiting for your meal to arrive. And best of all, they are super easy and affordable to make! See how you can make your own activity bags for your child, no matter what their age.


*Note: Choose flash cards that are age appropriate for your child. Choose math or reading cards for those that are in school.

Here's how you get started...
Most of the stuff I used for the bags, I already had at the house. That included the crayons, coloring pages, stickers, and even the small toys. The only thing I bought new were the flash cards. I found these in the dollar section at Target. If you're reading this post, more than likely you're a mom shopping at Target at least once a week, if not multiple times a day like myself. The Target's dollar section is the bomb.com. Their stuff rotates depending on the season. But right now they have a lot of school supplies, so the flash cards were only a buck a pack. I got four packs, and I will say the animal ones were the biggest hit. 

If you don't have crayons already, I prefer the Crayola brand, they are only 50 cents for a pack of 24. I already had a coloring pad at home, so I tore about four sheets out (one sheet per bag). I really like the Melissa & Doug Coloring Pads because the paper is really thick, and the sheet is large; almost like a placemat. I figured, she can reuse the same one for a few outings until I have to trade it out. 

I also had the stickers on hand. Back in January, I had bought a bunch of dollar store stuff for Taylor's birthday goodie bags, and had some leftover goodies I decided to save for future parties, events, etc. One sticker sheet per bag did the trick. We even had the small animals and race cars on hand too. Happy meal toys work great here. Even small matchbox cars or mini diecasts work great for these bags. Get Denny's FedEx Toyota Camry here and here

Taylor's favorite things are the small animal toys. We purchased these while we were at the Zoo in Indianapolis, and she knows pretty much every animal and what sound they each make! They make for great teaching tools, especially in addition to the flash cards. We make a game out of it, by trying to match the toy with the card. 

After you get all your items together, it's time to stuff the bags. This is the fun part. I prefer Ziploc slider sandwich bags. They work better IMO, and have the expandable bottom. But you can use any you have available at home.
After you put all your bags together, give to grandparents, put in diaper bags, cars, etc. They will come in pretty handy when you need it most I promise!

Have any tips to keep you child entertained? Let me know with a comment below.









2 comments

  1. Great ideas Jordan! Love the flash card trick definitely going to try this!!

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  2. Thank you for all the great tips Jordan! :)

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