One bag full of fun for learning. Is it possible? Yes! I carefully scoured Pinterest (it’s a hard job), looking for fabulous ideas to take on vacation with us. I had specific criteria: they had to be simple, interactive, fun, and the supplies had to be similar for easier organization.
We love to travel, but always need to have something prepared for a rainy day. Whether you’re just enjoying a weekend at home or traveling, you’ll be all set. Gather the materials (below) together and you’ll have enough things to do ANY of the activities (below), anytime.
Materials to Gather (for 2 children):
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- 2 balloons
- 2 tongue depressors
- straws (handful)
- 3×5 cards (50 should be plenty)
- a few sheets of paper (for paper airplanes)
- water balloons (handful)
- 2 ping pong ball or 2 bouncy balls
- deck of cards
- pipe cleaners
- 4 large rubber-bands
- 4 paper clips
- 2 matchbox cars
- 2 crumpled aluminum foil balls (small)
- Bonus: Crayola thin markers, 2 Sharpie markers (for decorating)
- Scissors (I’ve taken small kid size scissors in my carry-on luggage without any problems)
- Straw Rockets – Buggy and Buddy
- Marble Maze – Hello Bee (use a box and straws of index cards)
- Water Balloon Bouncy Ball – The Idea Room
- Balloon Tennis (add paper plates) – Little Bins for Little Hands
- Building with Straws – All For the Boys
- Paper Plane Launcher – Housing a Forest
- Car and Ball Races – Craftulate (add a box)
- Paper Flyers – Relentlessly Fun Deceptively Educational
- Air Blower – All for the Boys
- Toothpicks Tower – The Idea Room (add marshmallows)
- Card Bridge – Homeschool Creations
Plus, I created a Pinterest Board (click here), just for this post. Each pin goes directly to a kid friendly site that explains in-depth how to do the activities.
Extra Materials: Three items do not fit in the bag… marshmallows (marshmallow build), paper plates (balloon tennis), and a box (maze). Even if I’m on vacation, they are easy to find or pick up at the store.
It always happens… I’ll think of something fun or spot something on Pinterest and I won’t have the time or energy to pull it together. Sometimes I’m on vacation and I see an awesome post on Facebook or Pinterest and I think, “We could do that!” Then I look at the supplies and see that you only need a few straws or a couple of 3×5 cards. I know that I have all of those things at home and my frugal side will not let me buy an entire 500 piece pack of said item. Putting together this bag o’fun gives me the freedom to always have something on hand. This is the fun kind of fun learning that I *think* I’m going to do with my kids all summer, but somehow only get together when my brain switches to vacation mode. I like to come with some activities on vacation. No Bored Kids (see post here) = happy mom, happy dad, happy grandparents, happy neighbors…. the world! 🙂