Over the weekend my family and I traveled to NYC by train to visit Comic Con! It takes us just over 2 hours by train for us to get to the city. I was worried about how to keep the kids occupied and reasonably quiet during the ride. I also do not like carrying a ton of stuff so I had to make sure I had all our essentials covered and that everything was light weight and portable.
Thankfully, my kids carry their own back packs. I knew we had a lot of walking ahead of us so I didn’t want to overload the packs. I packed a change of clothes and left enough room for an extra sweat shirt, some snacks and a mini activities pouch. I carried my own light weight pack filled with small snacks and my own essentials.
I knew after the initial excitement of the landscape whizzing by our train wore off the kids would start getting antsy. That’s when I planned to pull out these mini pouches filled with small, quiet activities and require only the power of their imagination.
Pip Squeak Play Marker
Chocolate coins (for rewards)
Mini action figures
The notebook and stickers roll up and fit nicely inside the pouch. Everything else fit in on top. I used the chocolate coins as rewards when we changed trains without a melt down, and when they braved the train potty (blech). I did not count on a tray delay. So, I was happy to have lollipops on hand! The kids were very good about playing while waiting, but after 45 minutes they did get bored and started to whine a little. The mention of a lollipop was enough to get them to sit up straight and it bought us a peaceful last 10 minutes of our wait. That’s seven minutes to eat the lollipop and three minutes to talk about eating their lollipop.
But, the real star of the show was our new Pip Squeak Play Marker.
This little wizard isn’t just a marker he’s a toy too. My kids spent most of the time pulling apart his outfit and rebuilding him, coloring with him and pretending he was magic. It was a lot of fun!
The kids were so excited to see all these new little trinkets to play with they were easily distracted and entertained. These little pouches are great for traveling in small spaces like a train or plane. They will also work great while out to dinner. Since they are so small they easily fit into a purse, a diaper bag, a kids back pack or right in your kids little hands. With a limited amount of items in this mini pouch you won’t have to gather up a ton of stuff before you leave. If you use them more than once, be sure to reload with new and interesting things your kids haven’t played with before for maximum effect (and quiet).
What would you pack in this mini activities pouch?