Make a busy bag
It seems to be the law of small children and wobblers that the moment you are most busy with something important (like driving!) is the exact moment they seem to lose interest in everything.
A Busy Bag will help you be prepared for those times when you have to wait at the doctor’s office, hairdresser’s, Grandma’s or a restaurant. The activity should be kept in the car or in the nappy bag so that no matter where you go, even a day at the park, you will be able to entertain your little one when nothing else will work.
Remember to keep it reserved for essential boredom-busting times to ensure the bag keeps its appeal. The bag itself can be a drawstring bag, a calico bag or a children’s backpack. Ideally have a selection of bags, “Wow I haven’t seen this red bag before!”, small gift bags are great.
The key to keeping the Busy Bag forever interesting is to rotate the contents regularly, try keep a box filled with interesting contents (see below for suggestions) near the front door and swap out the items regularly.
So what to fill it with? You can pop in just about anything small, calm-inducing and interesting to your little one.
- Small stuffed toys or finger puppets
- Matchbox cars
- Small tub of farm animals, dinosaurs or sea creatures
- Simple wooden puzzles
- Stickers & sticker books
- Crayons and notebook or colouring pad
- Small set of flashcards with words and pictures
- Favourite small book (The Mr Men series is perfect)
- Grown-up sets of keys, purses, wallets and old mobile phones
- Photographs & magazine cuttings
- Small make-up brushes or small hair brushes
- Deck of cards
- Miniature nesting cups
- Envelopes & cut paper for stuffing things in and out