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Busy Bags for All Ages

Are you worried about your children's bent necks and poor posture? Do
their batteries run out at the wrong time? Concerned that your toddler
might drop your smart phone? You don't have to rely on cell-phone
applications, portable handheld gaming devices/media players and
other electronic devices to occupy your kids during waiting times.

These constructive ideas will stimulate imagination, creativity, intellect,
problem-solving and social skills. Best of all, they don't require cables or
batteries, can be taken anywhere and will amuse toddlers to teens.
All of these items should fit in a small 9X12 inch container, such as
a rectangular plastic box with a snap lid, a backpack, a lunchbox or even a laptop side pocket or briefcase for ease of carrying to restaurants, doctors' offices or airports.

The Busy Brain Kit for all Ages

1. Pipe-cleaners These versatile little wires can be molded
into cars, people and many other items for make-believe play.
2. Play dough Keep moist in a plastic Ziploc bag. Kids can
make 3D sculptures for toys. With a digital camera, teens can
make animated figure movies.
3. Masking tape or cello tape
4. Scissors
5. Small whiteboard and dry-erase markers, with a cloth for
erasing. Endless opportunities to make signs, keep game scores,
or play picture games.
6. Colouring markers My kids used to colour the doctor's waiting
room bed-covering paper!
7. Pens and Pencils Play hangman or other words games. Write
in a journal or just draw!
8. Plain paper for drawing houses and scenes, or
constructing cars, buildings, items and people, to be coloured,
cut out and assembled with tape and scissors.
9. Deck of cards Great for teens to play Cheat, Snap, Spoons,
Blackjack, Uno and many other games.
10. Dice for playing addition, multiplication, and chance
challenges. Dice also work with homemade board games
created from above items.

The play value in this box of items will last a long time, especially if
you only keep it for on-the-go errands. In the rare event that your
child might get bored, you could also bring a book, and read to your
child. Encourage your school-age child or teen to bring along a book too.


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