Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Out and about toys

Recently I've been looking for little portable toys to take when we are out and about to occupy the children.  There are inevitably places you have to take your children which are less thrilling for them and they need entertaining the Drs, dentists, the car, dare I say church.  
So here is a little round up of some simple and thrifty ideas I've been browsing

 This sweet little set is made using an Altoids tin.  A pattern for all the bits is available here and uses felt which is THE beginners fabric as it doesn't fray.  older children could make this themselves.  I think this is such a lovely little set and so portable!  I just LOVE it!

I mentioned church in my list earlier  let me clarify I don't really approve of giving your children lots of distractions in church as I think it establishes a habit of not joining in.  However when they are little even the little time they are in church before Sunday school is too long for them to sit quietly and listen.  I try to pack church related activities, bible activity books & stories & most importantly something quiet.  I've seen an idea of incorporating a crayon holder into a tote bag.  Again here is a pattern I found on Etsy.  I am going to be making one of these very soon.  Just be really careful not to leave it in the car on a hot day in fact I may make mine in oil cloth ;) 

this next project I have made so can honestly say its truly gorgeous.  It was the 1st toy I ever made - a little challenging as a 1st project but so lovely!  get the free tutorial here.

Here is one for the boys who I believe love their LEGO.  LEGO can be can be very absorbing but tricky to transport.. not any more

Get the tutorial here.  I'd love to hear your ideas on this topic please leave a comment below.


  1. Love this idea! As I play the keyboard in church we need to be there early so toys are really essential if the children are not to be climbing the walls by the time the service begins. Thank you for the fantastic suggestions - and I might cut up my recently defaced oilcloth tablecover and create a bag from the remains :D

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    2. So Glad you found these ideas useful Fiona. I like your style repurposing your old oilcloth, thrifty ;)