Have you ever spontaneously stopped at a park to play or needed to turn an otherwise disappointing trip into something fun? An Adventure Backpack is the perfect thing to have for just these occasions. It allows you to always be prepared for fun! An Adventure Backpack is full of activities to do whenever you need them (like when you just got there and the kids are already bored). Turn that not so great outing into a great adventure when you pull out your Adventure Backpack.
Fill Your Adventure Backpack
- Water bottles- Throw some collapsible ones in the bag so you can easily fill them up at a water fountain. Don't like water fountains? Throw a big jug of water in your trunk and easily fill up everyone's water bottle.
- Bubbles-It doesn't matter if you are 100 or 1; bubbles are entertaining. Be sure the lids are on tight or keep them in a Ziploc bag just in case. Pop them, see who can make the biggest bubble, or just watch the sun reflect colors off the bubbles.
- Scavenger Hunt Bingo Cards and Markers- You can find all kinds of great printables on Pinterest like these 12 months of hunts. Laminate the Bingo Cards then throw in some washable markers and you have all kinds of walks and hunts in your future.
- Water Guns- Have a water fight or do some target practice. Try drawing a picture or writing your name on the sidewalk with them. Make some mud or better yet, help your sand castle stick together by mixing in the right amount of water.
- Pens and a Journal- Sketch what you see, encourage some poetry writing, play games on paper. Write down some group games in the back of one journal so you'll always some ideas on hand. Make your own notebook by grabbing some plain white paper, folding it half, and covering it with some pretty scrapbooking paper for the cover. Staple or tie together for the perfect on the go notebook. If you prefer pencils over pens, be sure to pack a sharpener too.
- Whistle- They may drive you crazy but they can actually be great. Sometimes blowing whistles helps kids release some tension and energy. Plus if you decide to go hiking, a whistle comes in handy if someone wanders off the beaten path.
- Small Props for Pretend Play- Throw in simple things like a plastic sheriff's badge or an astronaut's name tag to encourage the imagination to take off. Parks take on a whole new meaning when it's the Wild West.
- Stickers- Use them as prizes for a race, calm tears after a fall, badges for learning a new skill, or to keep the littlest ones happy. Throw in some bandaids while you're at it.
- Passports- Draw your own stamp design for every new place you use the Adventure Backpack. It's always fun to reminisce later and see your great accomplishments. Make a bucket list of parks and see if you can cross them all off this summer!
- Magnifying glass- Whether you want to examine bugs or beautiful leaves, a magnifying glass is a must. I ordered a whole bunch of plastic ones from Oriental Trading. If we lose it or one breaks, it's no big deal- I can just throw another one in.
You can find all kinds of great things to throw in your Adventure Backpack at the Dollar Spot in Target. I also like to head over to their party supplies section since you can buy multiples of one thing if you have lots of kids. Remember to grab a great backpack while you are there too! Add some more fun to your pack with this Summer Boredom Buster. It's full of printable activities for fun anytime.
Your Turn- What are you going to put in your Adventure Backpack?