I just ran out to the store, picked up some inexpensive pencil cases (the flat kind with zippers and a clear window) and filled them with stuff I already had around the house. The trick is to use things your kid doesn't see on a daily basis (adds to that precious sense of novelty) and only bring them out when you're forced to play the waiting game. They're also fabulous on long car/airplane trips, or when visiting folks who won't have a lot of kid-friendly gear around.
Some ideas for stuffing those bags:
*Small notepads with colored pencils, stickers, etc.
*Foam letters and numbers
*Pipe cleaner segments
*Small plastic animals/people
You get the idea. Really you can stuff just about anything into these super convenient (some might even say magical! No? Just me?) bags. You can also alter the contents to make them more appropriate for older children as well.
|Handy dandy busy bag storage - placed up on a high shelf where the tot won't see|