Depending on what stage our family life is at, I have small toys, dedicated for the handbag for times when we are out and about. An example: for the younger kids when we are watching older kids play sport, or just general waiting times. The idea is the toys are ONLY out for those special times. They could be in a zip lock bag, a pencil case or a little container or tin. I love how the kids make up many games wherever we are using the small toys as inspiration. I also do packs like this sometimes when we go camping, go on holidays or road trips. Below is a collection of ideas, and if you have any to add to the list, let me know!
I’ve used many things as storage for small items over the years, including:
- Little tins
- Small plastic containers
- Pencil case
- Make-up bag
- Sunglass case
- Zip lock bag
- Reusable Lopees envelope
- Matchbox Cars
- Mini Lalaloopsy Dolls
- Shopkins/Trashies (and the like)
- Lego Mini-Figs
- Plastic Figures
- Small Dolls
- Play dough
- Balloon (fabric balloon covers are ace to go with it)
- Jump Frog
- Mini book pad
- Plain paper (folded)
- Small bouncing balls
- Yo Yo
- Finger Puppets
- Coloured Blu-tack
- Make your own cardboard naughts and crosses pack
- Naughts and crosses printable grids and a pen
- Paddle pop stick puzzle
- A few pipe cleaners (for kids to make shapes)
Putting it together
A small pencil case fits a lot of things inside, and it’s easy to pop it into a handbag.
Coloured Blu-tack is great for moulding. I keep it in a mini zip lock bag.
A few pieces of blank paper and stamps.
A little tin with little toys. Keep them especially for out and about play. You can get little tins like this from gift/discount stores.
A stencil ruler is awesome. Pair with a small note pad and mini pens.
Matchbox car and printable play mat (print here).
Plane/Spaceship and a solar system printable (I just googled an image).
This is a little more unusual but it’s really quite easy. A small cheap doll, a pack of play dough and kids can create outfits.
Mix and match. The pictured container is a Sistema 175 ml container.
My kids love punching out shapes in paper or leaves. Good idea to have a zip lock bag or mini container for the mini shapes.
Eclipse mints tins are useful.