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It just so happens that I love to keep little, party favor sized containers of modeling dough on hand; I use them in my toddler busy bags, toss a few in my purse for times when we are waiting, I give them instead of treats on holidays and I LOVE to upcycle the little cans once we are done with them.

One of my favorite ways to reuse these little canisters is as sound sensory jars and it couldn’t be easier.

But don’t feel like you have to run out and buy party favor sized modeling dough (affiliate link), you can use what you have on hand: yogurt containers, plastic eggs, or even paper towel tubes pinched closed and taped.

Don’t know what to do with what you save? Save these 34 recyclables for fun with the kids.

Make sound sensory jars -- and things to do with them.

Wash and thoroughly dry the containers, then fill with desired material and reseal. The lids on my containers fit very snugly but if you are at all worried that your little ones will open them you may want to run a bead of hot glue around the rim before placing the lid quickly and firmly on.

The options of what to put into them are endless, even materials that look similar often have a difference in the quality of sound such as ground coffee and salt.

Here are some materials we have used:

  • Popcorn
  • Marbles
  • Beads
  • Coins
  • Rice
  • Beans
  • Coffee (ground or whole)
  • Salt (Kosher, fine, or rock)
  • Screws
  • Bells
  • Legos
  • Spices
  • Bits of foam
  • Rubberbands
  • Water
  • Seeds

Note: Obviously many of these items are small and could present a choking hazard, even if you have sealed your containers supervision is necessary for young children.

So they’re easy to make but what can you do with them once you have them?

Make sound sensory jars -- and things to do with them.

Musical Instruments

The most intuitive way to use these jars is just to enjoy them; allow your toddler to explore them, they make fabulous musical instruments!

Sound Match

Make two of each sound jar and play a matching game. You can make it self-correcting for toddlers by giving each pair the same color lid or symbol and you can make it harder for older children by keeping the lids non-matching.

Guess That Sound

Listen to the sound and try to guess what was inside. Although my toddler enjoyed playing this game with his older siblings it really is geared more toward older kids.

Vocabulary Expanders

These listening jars a great opportunity to expand vocabulary; as your child explores each sound use words to describe the quality of the sound with words like rattling, ringing, jangling, loud, soft, etc.

Sort, Compare, and Contrast

Sort the jars according to their sounds, make groups of loud and quiet, or groups that rattle, shake or jingle.

I made these small sensory jars for my two-year-old but I have been amazed at how my big kids love them too. Sometimes I forget that sensory activities are great for kids of all ages!

More sensory jars to make:

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Easy Homemade Window Paint Recipe http://handsonaswegrow.com/art-homemade-window-paint-take-2/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/art-homemade-window-paint-take-2/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:13:00 +0000 http://66.147.244.106/~handsoo6/2011/07/19/art-homemade-window-paint-take-2/ I love when Henry chooses the activity for the day. This time he wanted really, really badly to paint the big window again! When we made window paint last time, it was super sticky and goopy. This time, I looked up a new window paint recipe from Home Spun Threads. Very similar recipe to the last, but this […]

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I love when Henry chooses the activity for the day. This time he wanted really, really badly to paint the big window again!

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When we made window paint last time, it was super sticky and goopy. This time, I looked up a new window paint recipe from Home Spun Threads.

Very similar recipe to the last, but this time, no corn starch.

window paint

Very Simple Window Paint Recipe:

  • Dish Soap
  • Tempera Paint for color

Can’t get much simpler than that. And fast!

I mixed together a dish of each primary color, keeping it as simple as possible.

While I mixed together the paint and gathered supplies (all of 2 minutes, maybe), Henry placed Blue Dog on the back of the couch to look out the window to watch him paint.

window paint

Henry went to town painting the window. This paint was much thinner and easier to spread than the corn starch recipe. (They both have their pros and cons.)

window paint

This time, I armed Henry with a scrub brush.

His new favorite tool to paint the window with!

(Blue Dog’s watching Henry in action from inside.)

I took advantage of our primary paint colors and explored mixing them together with Henry.

window paint

Henry and I mixed together yellow and blue to make green. This one isn’t new to Henry as we’ve had to come up with a way to paint with green in the past without actually having green paint.

But orange and purple are new to him! Henry really liked that yellow and red made orange. Maybe it will be a new favorite color… though I’m not sure orange would pass the test… (there aren’t a lot of Allis-Chalmers machines around here, at least not at Grandpa’s farm.)

To show how much thinner this window paint recipe is:


I think now I can say we created our own drip paintings!

This would have been a great recipe! The edge of the window looked pretty cool. Henry thought so too and pointed out the drips many times as he was making them. (I think next time we try window painting, I’ll just add a tad bit of corn starch and hopefully we’ll find a happy medium.)

To add a little more fun, I brought out his squirt bottle. I thought it would be fun to see what designs we could make with squirting it onto the paint.

window paint

Henry had plans to clean off the entire window with it. (That could take a long time…)

Henry has been going through a stage of throwing fits for every little thing. This time he threw a fit and ended up in a time out in his room before completely cleaning the window. The plan was to hose it off and have a little water fun. I ended up doing that myself, though.

Another fun day of us painting the window can be found on Make and Takes!

A simple homemade window paint recipe to get creative!

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10 Hands-On Science & Math Activities to Plan Your Week http://handsonaswegrow.com/10-hands-on-science-math-activities/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/10-hands-on-science-math-activities/#comments Wed, 15 Jul 2015 13:00:45 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=56945 10 of the fascinating activities found in the Hands-On Science & Math book by Beth R. Davis. Super simple. Easy to do. With supplies you have.

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Remember that homemade bubble solution I shared yesterday?

Super simple. Easy to do. With supplies you have. My kind of activity.

I got the opportunity to get a pre-copy of the Gryphon House new book Hands-On Science and Math by Beth R. Davis, ES, NBCT. (It is now available for sale.) This book is fantastic to find fascinating experiments for young kids to explore science and math. All activities that are my kind of activity. Simple, easy set up, and with stuff I have on hand.

These are ten of the hands-on science and math activities you can find in the book (there’s over 40 in the book with full explanation and photos). I’ll try my best to explain these 10 quickly so you get an idea of what to do, but the book does a much better job of providing you with discussion points to talk about with the kids to help them grasp the concept better (as well as explaining what concepts they’re learning!), and even giving you extension ideas to keep the fun going! I love it!

These are hands-on science & math activities my kids would love to do!

10 Hands-On Science & Math Activities

1. A classic Sink or Float activity! This is a great experiment to create their own hypothesis’ and then observe what happens!

Fill a tub with water and collect various items to test. You can see how we did a sink or float activity with the kids’ toys.

You can take it a step further though and have empty bowls with “Sink” and “Float” written on them to sort the objects after they’ve been tested and then graph them (a graph is found in the book).

Sink or Float - a hands on science activity!

2. Do some Tree-Trunk Explorations! Cut 10 or so tree ‘blocks’ that are 1-2 inches across.

I’ve seen blocks made out of tree trunks and branches, but never knew really what to do with them. Hands-On Science & Math gives plenty of ideas to do! Including measuring, stacking, sorting and ordering by size, and exploring them with a magnifying glass. I want to take it a step further and find rings to count to see old the trunk is!

Absorbing colors and color changing - one of 10 hands-on science & math activities for the kids to LOVE!

3. Learn about color theory with this Let the Color Changes Flow activity! There’s something magical about mixing colors together to create another color. In 3 different dishes, make colored water in the primary colors (red, blue and yellow). Using a eye dropper, have the kids suck up two of the colors of water and mix them together in an empty dish. Have them guess what color its going to make, and observe what color it does.

Take the magic to the next level with the Absorbing Color Combinations activity found in the Hands-On Science & Math book. We shared something similar to this on PBS Parents.

4. The infamous Ivory Soap Experiment, otherwise known as Fluffed Up Soap. You need to have Ivory Soap for this experiment. Unwrap the soap and microwave it for a couple of minutes and watch the magic happen! Make sure you have your kids take part in that, because that is the experiment!

Extend the learning by doing the sink or float activity with the bar of soap too. This is a great exploration of how a material can change, but still be the same. You can see our (old) photos of us doing the Ivory Soap Experiment.

Blowing up balloons with a gas (not helium!) - one of 10 hands-on science & math activities for the kids to LOVE!

5. My kids love the Bubbling Baking Soda Experiment! This is the experiment where you blow up a balloon without your own air (and without helium). You blow it up only using the gas put off from baking soda and vinegar!

It’s so fun! Put 2 ounces of vinegar in a water bottle and funnel in 1 tablespoon of baking soda in a balloon. Then tightly secure the balloon onto the top of the bottle (without letter the baking soda drop in yet). When ready, gently shake the baking soda out of the balloon and into the bottle. Hold tight where the the balloon is secured to the top of the bottle so it doesn’t fly off.

Follow up this activity with the kids playing with vinegar and baking soda on a tray or egg carton! They’ll love the fizzy reactions they get!

Blowing up balloons with a gas (not helium!) - one of 10 hands-on science & math activities for the kids to LOVE!

6. Get hands on with a Volcano Erupting! Add food coloring to 2 ounces of vinegar to give it color. Set a paper cup inside a paper bowl, add 2 tablespoon of baking soda to the cup. Using a funnel, quickly add vinegar to the cup! Repeat as many times as the kids want to see the volcano erupt!

7. Understanding Air and Blowing Bubbles is super duper fun that will keep the kids busy for quite a while! Beth shared the homemade bubble solution yesterday. From there, place the solution in a shallow dish and give the kids a straw to blow bubbles! Let them learn how to make them, using a gentle blow is best.

Try to fill up the dish with as many bubbles as you can!

Blowing bubbles with a homemade bubble solution - one of 10 hands-on science & math activities for the kids to LOVE!

8. The Estimation Guessing Game is a fun way for kids to learn how to estimate! Choose an object that’s somewhat small, and you have a lot of. Buttons would work well for me, or you could do Lego or other item such as that. Fill a container with the object. Fill another container with 10 of the items. Have the kids count the container of 10. They can then compare the size of the bigger container of the item to the container with the 10 to make a guess, or estimation, of how many are in the big container.

Once they’ve recorded their predictions, you can then count the actual number. Take it a step further and sort by size or color and estimate those as well!

9. Creative Printing with Sunlight is something that’s been on my to-do list for a long, long time, but I keep forgetting about it. This is a great lesson on the effects of the sun (and the reason for sunscreen)! Use dark blue construction paper, or get some sun-sensitive paper, and arrange small items on it. Place the arrangements in a super sunny place and wait for the sun to make its prints. It’ll take 5-8 minutes. Check the items carefully to see if a print has been made (if not, replace it in the same spot).

Once a nice print has been made, remove the items and take inside. Dip the prints in a tub of water for 1-5 minutes. Take them out to dry. You can then laminate them, and they’d be a great puzzle! Like the shape outlines match up we did with the kids’ toys!

Inclined planes - one of 10 hands-on science & math activities for kids!

10. Go, Car, Go! Simple Machines & Inclined Planes is a simple lesson in simple machines and physics, and something every car lover will be doing over and over. Use a piece of cardboard, or other harder, flat surface that you can manipulate, this will be the car track (inclined plane). Place 2 books on the floor (non-carpeted), and prop the car track on top of them. Start a car rolling at the top of the track and release the car. Measure how far it went from the end of the track (use a measuring tape, or their own feet).

Next, add two more books to the stack and roll the car again, measure again. And repeat as many times as you like!

More science activities for preschoolers. And some for toddlers too.

See? I told you those were super simple, hands-on science and math activities to do with the kids!

Now, go have some fun with them!

Get a sneak peek of the Hands-On Science & Math book here!

Enter to win Hands-On Science & Math!

Before you go have fun with these fantastic activities, get the book! I have ten to give away!

Ten of you have a chance to win a copy of the Hands-On Science & Math book by Beth R. Davis, EdS, BCT.

Enter to win by answering the following question:

What’s your favorite science or math activity you’ve done with the kids (or from the book excerpt)?

You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:

1. Leave a comment in response to the question above.

2. Tweet about this giveaway by answering the question above; include the following term (exactly) in your tweet: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post.

This sweepstakes runs from 7/15/2015 – 7/30/2015 and ends at midnight CST.

This giveaway is open to US & Canada Residents age 18 or older (or nineteen (19) years of age or older in Alabama and Nebraska). Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You will have 2 business days to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

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Make a Homemade Bubble Solution to Explore Bubbles http://handsonaswegrow.com/make-a-homemade-bubble-solution-to-explore-bubbles/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/make-a-homemade-bubble-solution-to-explore-bubbles/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 01:00:14 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=56854 Make a homemade bubble solution and help the kids explore and learn about bubbles, and understand air.

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This homemade bubble solution is amazing and simple! Beth R. Davis, the author of Hands-On Science & Math, is sharing how to make your own bubbles as well as a simple activity to do that will have your kids learning all kinds of math and science! Stay tuned – I’m partnering with Beth and her publisher, Gryphon House, and will have a giveaway of her book tomorrow!

Summer is a great time to play outside and have fun investigations. Like many parents, one of my kids’ favorite summertime toys was a simple one: bubbles!

Try turning this fun diversion into an opportunity to bring in some science with my easy bubbles activity, which teaches kids all about air – in the bubbles, in our lungs, and all around us.

I just love this activity because kids are so fascinated with bubbles. Bubbles seem to magically appear with a straw or bubble wand. They reflect their surroundings, have swirls of color like a big marble, and float delicately in the air until they pop. In my science classroom, bubbles get the little kids completely engaged. Even those preschoolers who tend to daydream are able to focus as they learn to regulate their breathing to make bubbles that are just the right size.

Make a homemade bubble solution and help the kids explore and learn about bubbles (and air)

This activity was developed for a classroom, but it is appropriate at home with just one or two kids. Perform this activity as shown, or use these variations:

If you don’t have plastic trays, use clean plastic or Styrofoam meat trays or plastic plates.

Experiment using straws with openings of different sizes, such as the tiny ones used to stir coffee or the wide ones used for milk shakes.

If you are worried about the kids inhaling instead of exhaling, simply puncture a tiny hole on the side of the straw. They won’t be able to suck up the soap mixture.

Understanding Air and Blowing Bubbles

Explain to the children that air is all around us. We cannot see air because it is a gas. We can see when objects outside, such as trees or flags, blow back and forth, because wind is moving the air. Most livin things need air to survive. Humans have lungs inside their bodies that assist with breathing. When we breathe, we inhale (breathe in) a gas called oxygen into our lungs. We exhale (breathe out) another gas called carbon dioxide.

To demonstrate, have the child place his hand on his chest. Instruct him to take a deep breath in and then exhale. Point out how his chest moves up and down as he inhales and exhales.

You can also discuss the concept of inflating a balloon. We exhale air into the balloon. That air takes up space. We can see that when the balloon grows from the air.

Materials to make bubbles:

  • Light corn syrup
  • Liquid dish soap (Dawn is best for this.)
  • Small trays
  • Drinking straws

Make a Simple Bubble Solution!

I like to use 3 tablespoons of light corn syrup for every 1 cup of Dawn dish soap.

Learning with Bubbles

Pass out a straw to each child. Have the children practice blowing air into the straws. They can feel the air coming out the other ends by placing their hands at the ends of their straws.

Explain the difference between inhaling and exhaling through the straw: When you drink out of a straw, you inhale or draw the beverage into the straw. When you exhale, you are blowing out.

Pass out a small tray to each child. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the bubble solution on each tray.

Explore what makes bubbles with homemade bubble solution

Demonstrate placing a straw in the bubble solution on the tray.

Explore what makes bubbles with homemade bubble solution

Gently blow, and watch as the bubble grows in size.

Explore what makes bubbles with homemade bubble solution

If the children have difficulty blowing bubbles, show them how to stir the bubble solution with the end of the straw to make teeny tiny bubbles. Then, by placing the straw inside the tiny bubbles, they can blow softly to make them bigger. Once they get the hang of making one bubble, challenge them to see how many bubbles they can make on their trays.

The key to blowing great bubbles is to blow gently.

Extend the learning!

Have the children count how many bubbles they can make on one tray before the bubbles pop.

Use this activity to support teaching kids ways to keep calm through breathing. Teach them to inhale deeply and to exhale slowly. Simply having children take time to inhale and exhale will relax and help keep them focused.

For younger children (3 to 4 year olds), have them hold their arms outstretched as if they were holding a birthday cake. Encourage them to take deep breaths. As they exhale, they can pretend to blow out the candles on the cake. Integrate math by having them count down as they blow out the pretend candles one at a time. Start with six candles on the imaginary cake, and with each breath, count backward until they blow them all out.

Get more activities in my new book, Hands-On Science and Math: Fun, Fascinating Activities for Young Children, available at GryphonHouse.com.

You can also visit my blog HandsonMindsonEducation.com.

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Fork Weaving: A Quick Craft When You Need It! http://handsonaswegrow.com/fork-weaving-quick-craft/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/fork-weaving-quick-craft/#comments Tue, 07 Jul 2015 01:13:10 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=56824 Fork weaving is a genius quick craft for kids. Perfect for providing a gentle structure to the witching hour before dinner, or for bringing to a restaurant!

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Oh dinner time. The kids are hungry, tired, and definitely not at their best. And facing facts, neither am I. I have given up on the hope that my little ones will play cooperatively and kindly while I prepare dinner and instead I plan a quick craft or activity.

Nothing too fancy, definitely nothing messy, and most often a quiet bin from our stash.

I have found that giving my little ones a tiny bit of structure and an engaging quick craft or activity allows for me to get dinner ready in peace. Not to mention it is far better for them as well. Crying and fighting cannot be a beneficial way to work up an appetite!

This little gem is perfect for the dinner time witching hour. It was also be fabulous to bring along to a restaurant.

Fork weaving!

This quick craft for kids is perfect for the dinner time witching hour

It is a classic, or at least it is for me. I use to do this when I was a little one.

My husband asked me what the ‘point’ of it was … ‘What do you do with them when they are done?’

(Ironically, he asked this as our little ones were quietly engaged in this activity while we were prepping dinner … I looked at the little ones, and then at the potato in my hand, and simply smiled.)

The point, of course, is for a quiet activity to keep little ones busy.

BUT there is far more going on than just that.

This quick craft for kids is perfect for the dinner time witching hour

Fork weaving is fantastic for developing fine motor skills. It takes tiny hand movements and concentration to get that thin string to weave in and out of the fork tines.

(Truthful moment: I just googled what the technical term is for ‘fork fingers’. It’s tines.)

Weaving is a great way to help little ones learn about patterning and greater math concepts as well. Counting, patterning, increased focus, and fine motor skill development all with a fork and some string.

A great quick craft for preschoolers to practice weaving

For this quick craft all you need is a fork or two and some string. We used embroidery thread (affiliate link) so we could get pretty colours.

The kids spent a lot of time weaving back and forth, tying off their thread and tying on a new colour. It was actually rather surprising to me how engaged they became with it. Just further proof to me that they do truly need that quiet structured activity during that part of the day.

In fact, I think I could get quite engaged with an activity like this during that part of the day. Now to just find someone to make dinner for my family …

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3 Sizzlin’ Beach Crafts for Kids to Make for Dinnerware http://handsonaswegrow.com/beach-crafts-kids-dinnerware/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/beach-crafts-kids-dinnerware/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:00:36 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=56307 Beach crafts for kids to make as dinnerware! Use paper plates and cups to make beach themed dinnerware. Even a napkin ring from a toilet paper roll.

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I’ve got 3 sizzlin’ hot beach crafts for kids to make as their very own dinnerware set to share with you! These would be a perfect addition to our 30 classic (and easy) summer crafts for kids! Thanks to Amanda of Easy Crafts for Kids for creating and sharing these!

Summer is upon us and what better way to celebrate than getting together with family and friends. And nothing brings family and friends together like a BBQ!

Our Crafty Critters like to do things in style, but with a homemade touch, so we thought we would create some beach themed dinnerware to help decorate for your BBQ gathering.

Beach Crafts for Kids to Make

These plates, cups and napkin rings are a great way to bring the beach to the picnic table.

Beach Crafts for Kids to Make as Dinnerware

Let’s get the summertime crafting going!

What you’ll need to make these beach crafts with the kids:

  • paper plate
  • paper cup
  • empty paper roll
  • paint and paintbrush
  • pencil
  • pipe cleaner
  • craft foam
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • glue

So fun! 3 beach crafts for kids to make as dinnerware!

Beach Ball Paper Plates

Grab a pencil and do a quick outline of your beach ball onto your paper plate. This is simply a small circle in the center of your plate and lines diving the rest into 6 wedges. There is no exact, just have fun and make it look like a beach ball.

Grab your paints and paintbrush. Paint the center circle with a nice bright color (we chose red).

How to make paper plate beach ball craft

Now for the wedge areas, you will alternate between color and white. Paint in three wedges with fun beach ball colors – we chose blue, yellow and purple.

How to make paper plate beach ball craft

Now simply set your plate aside to dry.

You can repeat this process for however many plates you will need.

Paper plate beach ball craft

Sand Pail Cups

Pick the colors you would like for your pail. We chose to make a white, purple and yellow one. Paint a strip around the center of the cup with yellow paint.

Now, grab your second color, purple in our case, and paint the bottom section with purple paint.

How to make paper cup Sand Pail craft

As our third color is white we don’t need to paint the top – but if you chose a different color just paint the top area with that color. Now allow your cup to dry.

Pierce a hole on opposite sides of the brim of your cup – you can actually do this with the ends of the pipe cleaners as the metal center punches through.

How to make paper cup Sand Pail craft

Thread each end of a pipe cleaner through each hole you created. Twist the end back around the pipe cleaner on each side.

This will be the handle of your pail.

How to make paper cup Sand Pail craft

Make sure the bend the pipe cleaner to look like the handle.

Again, just repeat the process for however many you need.

Paper cup Sand Pail craft

Now we are done the cup and onto our last piece of dinnerware – the napkin rings.

Beach Themed Napkin Rings

Cut a one inch piece off your paper roll – cut as many as you will need.

How to make beach themed napkin rings craft for kids

Cut the same sized strip of construction paper. Make sure it is long enough to wrap around the paper roll. Glue this strip around each paper roll.

Grab your craft foam and its time to make your mini shovels. We are fairly adept at free cutting shapes, but feel free to trace a shovel shape onto the craft foam before cutting.

How to make beach themed napkin rings craft for kids

Decorate the shovel by adding a few details. Glue the mini shovel in the center of the paper roll.

Beach themed napkin rings craft for kids

Rinse and repeat again and you are all set for your BBQ! No one will have decorations like yours, it will surely be one of a kind!

So fun! 3 beach crafts for kids to make as dinnerware!

If you enjoy these summer crafts for our Crafty Critters you will not be disappointed by the rest of our easy crafts for kids.

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25 Drivetastic Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips http://handsonaswegrow.com/busy-bag-ideas-road-trips/ http://handsonaswegrow.com/busy-bag-ideas-road-trips/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:42:31 +0000 http://handsonaswegrow.com/?p=55767 Here's a slew of busy bag ideas you can have ready for your next road trip! The kids will love you (and you'll love the trip for once).

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Here’s a slew of busy bag ideas you can have ready for your next road trip! The kids will love you (and you’ll love the trip for once).
Summer is among us and that usually means family trips and vacations. Whether it’s a short weekend trip or a long road trip or airplane ride, the kids often need to have some entertainment. They only can take a nap so much!

While I have lots of ideas for things to do with kids in the car while traveling, I thought it might be handier to share some specific busy bag ideas for road trips. Maybe Mom will get some reading time or shut eye before reaching their destination (we can dream, right?).

That would be Drivetastic!

I am working with Autotrader to show you that you can find the right vehicle for you that’s Drivetastic!

What does Drivetastic mean?

Being Drivetastic, to me, means that I can make sure my kids are safe with our car choice (with backup camera, navigation, etc — you can search for these features on Autotrader), but also with what we bring along in the car. That means not a million, gazillion pieces floating around all the time.

Feel Drivetastic!

A slew of busy bag ideas to have ready for our next road trip!

20 Road Trip Busy Bag Ideas

First of all, what do I consider a ‘busy bag’?

A busy bag to me is something that can be contained and stored away, but brought out to play with and put back (reusable). It doesn’t necessarily have to be a ‘bag’.

Secondly, what makes these best for road trips?

These busy bag ideas are great for road trips because they don’t have a million little pieces that the kids are going to constantly be dropping and not being able to continue on with their play until you have a chance to find the lost piece.

Busy book  that are great for on the road -- add these to our busy bag ideas!

Homemade Busy Books are Great Busy Bag Ideas

Busy Bags that are great for on the road -- add these to our busy bag ideas!

Travel Versions of Classic Games as Busy Bag Ideas

See the most beloved board games here.

Learning busy bags that are great for on the road -- add these to our busy bag ideas!

Learning Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips

Want more learning ideas for toddlers? Find them here.

Lots of quick and easy busy bag ideas for on the road, in the car

Artsy Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips

Find a week of art projects for kid here.

Lots of quick and easy busy bag ideas (I spy ideas) for on the road, in the car

I Spy & Sensory Busy Bag Ideas

Sensory galore! Find a gob of sensory ideas.

Lots of quick and easy busy bag ideas for on the road, in the car

So Much More Busy Bag Fun!

There ya go! You’ll be set to have so much fun on road trips from now on, you’ll be begging to go and you’ll never hear the dreaded “Are we there yet?” (We can hope right?).

Before you head off, you may want to take a look at this amazing list of Sanity Saving Tips for a Long Road Trip from Lemon Lime Adventures.

Now, make sure that your trip will be Drivetastic too!

What does being Drivetastic mean to you?

It’s your next car. Love shopping for it.

25 Drivetastic Busy Bag Ideas for Road Trips on handsonaswegrow.com

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