With Spring Break in full swing and the travel season upon us, I thought I would share a little trick I’ve been using for years when traveling with my kids. Actually, I even use it every time we go out to eat or for coffee as a group. It is not life-changing by any means, but as I have learned as a parent, any tip to make life even a bit easier is a good one.
It starts with a small travel soap box from the dollar store (I found mine priced 2 for $1, so we are talking about a 50 cent box). What I love about the size of these is that they are small enough to fit in your purse or in a child’s bag while also being easily open and closed by even the littlest hands. Plus, while they are compact enough to bring on the go, I think you may be surprised of what you can fit inside. Whether you are headed for dinner at a restaurant or an 8-hour flight, you can choose to pack one or many of these.
This is probably the way I use the soap box most often when I’m on the go. In my bag, I always try to have one of the boxes with crayons along with a notebook that can be pulled out when needed. Putting the crayons in the box keeps them from breaking and together in one spot.
Similar to the crayons, these boxes are perfect for the mini markers that can also be simply paired with a small notebook.
This next idea can provide endless entertainment. Fill up the soap box with a few stamp pads and stamps for children to create with.
Once again, surprisingly, the soap box can hold more than you think! Several times, I have put a mini puzzle inside for the kids to work through.
A Deck of Cards
It is not surprising to find out that these boxes are also perfect for a deck of cards, whether it be regular playing cards or any other card game.For the young learner, I also love packing up some vocab cards when on the go. Using these, you can practice saying the words, spelling the words, or creating stories using the objects.
Fill up the box with a variety of stickers and bring along some paper for kids to create a masterpiece or two.
Who as a child didn’t love making necklaces or bracelets? These interlocking beads are also one activity that can keep the kids entertained for quite a while!
And, when all else fails, pack up some candy. However, instead of just letting the kids eat it, get them to sort the pieces by color or make a few patterns before they get their treats.So wherever you are headed with your kids over the next while, I suggest packing up one or many of these activities to make it enjoyable for all involved!