A recent car trip highlighted the need to have various distractions for the kiddo in my bag at all times. I wanted a stash of compact little things to fit in there that won't add too much extra bulk, but will keep him entertained in a restaurant, in the back seat, or in a yurt during an overly rainy overnight trip to the beach. Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything.
An empty mint tin is a great way to organize a few art supplies, including a couple of those crayons that restaurants sometimes give out.
I also added a couple of short colored pencils, some neon posterboard cut to size, and a sheet of stickers sent to me as part of an advertisement. (Kids magazines sometimes send them out to tempt us to subscribe.)
When cutting the posterboard, I made sure to leave an inch of space at the end and a textured edge to make it easier to remove from the box.
And there is is! A mini art kit perfect for stashing in your bag, next to a Hot Wheels car and a travel-sized packet of Play Doh.
I know it's really the Boy Scout motto, but I think I'm going to adopt "Be Prepared" as my own.
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