Road Trip Busy Bags for Kids: fight the bordem monster with a bag full of activities to keep your kids entertained, including DIY snack kits.
Since my girls were very little, we’ve always packed a busy bag for things like road trips, restaurant visits, and other trips where the “I’m bored” monster might pay us a visit. If you’re lucky enough to have one more summer road trip planned here’s all you need to keep your little people happy.
We made our busy bags with these great backpack from Stuck On You. They choose their colour, and cute logo, and we had them personalized with their names. I love how each of my girls picked out a sweet logo that fit their personalities perfectly.
I Spy Game
We love to the fill the busy bag with lots of activities to keep them happy and entertained. This time I made them a special new treat, an “I Spy” game. They’re big fans of the books, so I thought it would be fun to make this version, perfect for a long road trip.
- empty water bottle
- lots of little tiny toys
- vase filler
- photo of hidden toys
- paper protector
- zipped pouch
- white markers
- white board eraser and board cleaner
We started out by hunting around the house for lots of little toys. I found lots of perfect little treasures in the Barbie, playmobile, and lego bins. For the bottle I used an empty water bottle, and some great vase filler I found at the dollar store.
You could also use rice, but the vase filler was a great option, and I liked its clear colour.
Before I added the toys to the water bottle, I photographed them on a plain background.
I printed the picture, and placed it in a page protector. I picked up some fun coloured dry erase markers, an eraser and white board cleaner at the dollar store, and put everything in a perfect little carry case.
My girls loved playing with it, checking off the items they’d found, then erasing it and starting all over again.
I always pack some electronics for a long road trip. We have a booklet of their favourite movies, and a portable dvd player, and some age appropriate electronic games.
The other big favourite is lots of fun drawing things. My little artists can spend hours creating their masterpieces. We love our new pencil cases from Stuck On You.
The last great addition to the fun bags for our long trip was some snacks. I found these great little storage boxes at the dollar store.
After washing them out, I filled them lots of little treats for the trip. I wanted things that would last if they didn’t finish them all on the first leg of our trip, and that wouldn’t make too big of a mess in the car if they spilled. There’s a few sweets, and then a few healthier options like dried fruit and cereal.
And for thirsty little snackers, a nice cold drink.
With all these great little treats and activities and few new books from the library too all packed up in your own little fun bag, life really is a party!
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