I lost my camera charger so I put this of until now. Yes, I found it (in a box that was labeled electronics of all places). That is a whole other story, anyway now for what you have been waiting for! I packed a giant list of toys books crafts worksheets and homemade activity pouches. Here are a few images of what it looked like packed before the trip! This is everything packed before the trip. ?Here is a view of what the activities looked like. This was definitely over packing! I packed quite a bit more after taking these but the boys did not use it all. Here is a list of what they actually played with on the trip!
#1. I brought my laptop so we could watch movies. I was able to do this because I bought a 20 buck converting device that turned the lighter plug into a household plug. ( this was a life saver around lunch time when they were both getting fussy!)
#2. We burned cd’s for the trip, We don’t listen to every song on every cd like most, so we customized our own for little flipping and switching.
#3. Bed time bear and giraffe.
#4. Clothing and grooming. (can’t do with out them)
#5. In the last picture shown you will see our animal manipulatives these were very important our youngest played his little heart out with these!
#6. Silly putty, I brought three types of squishy stuff play doh, silly putty and magnetic sand. The putty was the only one played with and was simple to keep up with!
#7. Books in the first and second picture you see a tan box full of books! We needed only half! In this bin are also 4-5 wood puzzles in the back (we did not play with them at all.
#8. Sticker activity books. I brought two, one cars and one planes. I also created my own sticker craft activity. We used all three! This was another big hit with my oldest 4 year old.
#9. Lam puzzles, I created transportation puzzles. you see in picture 16. my youngest 2 year old loved these.
#10. Cars, yes cars. I brought the two average size play cars popular with both boys and I surprised them with two mini cars and a laminated neighborhood mat to drive them on! They loved this! The road map is picture 18.
#11. Candy! yes, this is a must when you run in a store and your little one is hungry, they see candy. So we packed dehydrated fruit strips (aka fruit candy). We ran out on the evening of day 2 so I picked up a share size starburst we used these at the end of the day when they were good and when climbing in altitude. (we were driving up a mountain). This helped to pop their ears!
#12. Worksheets, These came in handy during the quiet nap time for my youngest. My oldest did the transportation worksheets I made and worked in his big preschool book. other things he used were the dot to dot activity book and flash cards of mountain forest animals and tracks. My plant cards were not very interesting to them.
#13. I spy games, these were fun but It took half the trip to get my son to understand what it was we were playing! I guess it was a good thing we had 4 days.
#14. Legos! these were a hit! the duplos pretty much just ended up on the floor on day 1. the lego pattern cards were not. My son enjoyed creating ABC’s with them instead (note taken ABC cards yes, random pattern cards no).
#15. The last items actually played with on the trip were color wonders, I brought one for each of them ( the clipboard version) and gel pens and note paper since my youngest likes to draw.
Oh wait, there were the ABC magnets I made from scrabble pieces. My youngest loved them. I packed two metal large dog bowls to put little things in while they played (this was a lifesaver too!) they were magnetic so my son loved the noise they made when the magnets stuck to it. They also made excellent use for making clean up easy. So in a nutshell, I could have packed much less than I did. I am still glad I over packed, better they had too much than too little!