Mama's Treasure Box Series Part 1

 

The situation: It is dinner time and you are away from home. Your kids are hungry, but there is an hour wait for a table at any nearby restaurant. We have all been there, and for most parents, it is a dreaded place to be.

The solution: Mama’s Treasure Box.

As a first-time parent, I faced this dilemma more than once before I decided to take action. A quick trip to the Dollar Store, Target and my favorite shopping spot, Amazon, gave me a good start to our Treasure Box. I picked up a collapsible picnic basket, then set to work to find activities for inside. When putting together our Treasure Box, it was important to me to find activities that were educational without being flashcard form or repetitive. I also wanted to put together items that would grow with my children so I wasn’t replacing them constantly. The collection I have put together are things that work great for my family at this time in our lives.

Over the next several weeks, we will take a look at different activities and items that make up our Treasure Box; this week, we will explore coloring books.

 paw patrol coloring travel organizer cover

paw patrol coloring travel organizer cover

 paw patrol coloring travel organizer inside

paw patrol coloring travel organizer inside

Some of the easiest items to add to the Treasure Box are the classics -- crayons,  markers and coloring books. I hit up my aunt, “Crafts by Grandma Shell,” to create coloring organizers to carry these supplies and keep everything in one place.

 Princess coloring travel organizer Cover

Princess coloring travel organizer Cover

 Princess coloring travel organizerInside

Princess coloring travel organizerInside

I have found the best place to pick up coloring and activity books is the Dollar Tree. They have a great variety of coloring books from animals to children’s characters. My son also likes to “take notes,” so I have added a notebook to his organizer, allowing him to do his own writing and creating. For children who are ready for it, you could add word searches, maze books or Sudoku books as well.

Coloring Tips: If you are worried about the mess that coloring with markers may create, check out the mess-free markers and coloring pages. These are fantastic for those moments you need to make sure marker does not end up on walls, floors or your kids.

Crayons and markers have a way of rolling away. If this is a problem, check out the triangular crayons, markers or colored pencils. These items are designed to help toddlers learn the correct way to hold the item while writing; however, in my experience, they serve a dual purpose!

Coming up next week: Books

Visit the Homemade Crafts Page for information on purchasing your very own coloring travel organizer!