We end up at a park quite often. I’d say 80% of the time it’s not a planned outing.  Sometimes we are in the middle of running errands and the kids just need a release; they need to run and jump and stretch and get some fresh air.  Sometimes we have a little extra time to kill and instead of going home we find a grassy field to run around in.

Sometimes my kids get bored with the playground slide and need something more.
Because of these scenarios (and a million and one other reasons), I keep a Park Bag in the car at all times. The Park Bag is my saving grace- it has balls, bubbles, chalk, (wet wipes), a few sand toys, small cars, etc. and even a few hidden protein bars for growing appetites. We also have multiples of most items because I’m one of those parents that falls under the mind set that if you bring toys to the park, it’s pretty much fair game. If another kid wants to play with my son- we have two (or three) cars and they can play together! Also, on the flip side, having multiple items calms and/or prevents “toddler fights”. You know, the ones when you put on your most understanding voice (in front of a dozen other spectating parents) and try to reason with your 2-3-4 and even 5+ year old. You try to explain, “sharing” and “playing together” when all your kid can wrap his or her head around is “that’s MINE!”  Explaining the purpose of sharing, playing together and playing nicely is always easier when you have multiples. Plus, I get it. We are bringing OUR toys to a very public place, which is strange, and new, to a small child who is still learning social behaviors.

Here are some tips for creating your Park Bag.

What would you put in your Park Bag?

We end up at a park quite often. I’d say 80% of the time it’s not a planned outing.  Sometimes we are in the middle of running errands and the kids just need a release; they need to run and jump and stretch and get some fresh air.  Sometimes we have a little extra time to kill and instead of going home we find a grassy field to run around in.

Sometimes my kids get bored with the playground slide and need something more.
Because of these scenarios (and a million and one other reasons), I keep a Park Bag in the car at all times. The Park Bag is my saving grace- it has balls, bubbles, chalk, (wet wipes), a few sand toys, small cars, etc. and even a few hidden protein bars for growing appetites. We also have multiples of most items because I’m one of those parents that falls under the mind set that if you bring toys to the park, it’s pretty much fair game. If another kid wants to play with my son- we have two (or three) cars and they can play together! Also, on the flip side, having multiple items calms and/or prevents “toddler fights”. You know, the ones when you put on your most understanding voice (in front of a dozen other spectating parents) and try to reason with your 2-3-4 and even 5+ year old. You try to explain, “sharing” and “playing together” when all your kid can wrap his or her head around is “that’s MINE!”  Explaining the purpose of sharing, playing together and playing nicely is always easier when you have multiples. Plus, I get it. We are bringing OUR toys to a very public place, which is strange, and new, to a small child who is still learning social behaviors.

Here are some tips for creating your Park Bag.

What would you put in your Park Bag?