Finding Myself Young is a fantastic website and blog written by a lovely lady named Toni.
I was very lucky to have Toni contact me, saying she’d like to feature Flying Sprout’s Busy Bags on her weekly Mummy Must Have review. I was even more lucky to have her write such wonderful things about my products!
You can find the blog post here. While you’re there I encourage you to read through her other reviews and discover some amazing must have items for your little one to enjoy.
You can also follow Toni on Instagram, @finding_myself_young.
Travel is fun…but not always with a toddler, especially a bored, restless one. Keeping your little one entertained and engaged will make travelling more relaxed for you and more fun for your child.
It is super important to keep your child amused and entertained while flying, or on long journeys by road, rail or sea, but it also pays to think about what they’ll need when you reach your destination. You might plan to be on-the-go most of the day but in those moments when you need some quiet time or your child needs to wind down before a sleep, having a quiet, independent activity on hand can be invaluable.
You want to choose a range of activities and toys that will hold your child’s interest, are age appropriate, versatile, are lightweight and also compact so they don’t take up too much room in your travel bag.
Here’s a selection of great toys, books and activities to give you inspiration when it comes to screen-free travel entertainment for your child.
Educational Busy Bags
Busy Bags are the perfect way to keep your child engaged and learning while travelling. These Toddler Busy Bags are colourful, compact and provide different task options in one little bag. You can select activity bags to target specific skills and concepts such as numbers 1-10, making patterns, colour awareness and threading.
Keeping little hands and minds active is made easy with stickers. Peeling the stickers builds fine motor skills. If you choose reusable stickers with background scenes, like these offered by Tiger Tribe, they can engage your child’s imagination and be used as inspiration for story telling.
Puppets are a wonderful way to encourage your child to tell (or listen to) stories. They can be used to perform puppet shows or as little companions that can easily fit in a pocket. This set of 6 finger puppets come in a handy storage bag.
Activity pads and colouring pages are an easy way to occupy your child’s concentration. If they have the dexterity; colouring within the lines, tracing and completing mazes are small, satisfying challenges they can work on. This activity book is made especially for younger children.
Magnetic Drawing Pads
These are a fantastic, clean, all-in-one way of drawing. Magnetic sketching pads can be used for drawing or playing games like tic-tac-toe. Having the drawing instrument attached means there is no risk of misplacing a lid or even a whole pencil or texta, plus they won’t mark the furniture! Quack makes this compact magnetic drawing pad.
Interactive books are always popular with little ones. The joy of lifting a flap, opening a door or peeking behind a window means they are likely to want to read one book over and over again. Spot is a classic lift-the-flap series. Spot Goes on Holiday is perfect to take traveling.
These are not traditional books in the sense that they don’t tell a story, rather each page has a simple activity to entertain and build fine motor skills. Quiet books are fabric, often felt, and stitched to include things like buttons, laces and velcro shapes. A great deal of work goes into the creation of these books so they are not cheap but are a worthwhile purchase. This one is made in the Philippines and money raised from it’s sales helps the local women.
Look and Find Books
Exploring all the details in a densely illustrated book is like a visual treasure hunt. Collections like Where’s Wally and Seek and Find are full of amusing and surprising illustrations while books in the I Spy collection contain photographs of many items on each page.
A Favourite Story
Having a favourite book on hand can provide your child with a familiar comfort when their surroundings are not so familiar. Reading a story can have an instant calming effect and help transition your child to sleep time. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite of many children and parents alike.
If you’re not sure about letting your toddler loose with pencils or crayons, drawing with water is a fantastic idea. Add a little magic into the mix with these mess free water pictures by Melissa & Doug.
A Favourite Toy
Taking a favourite toy along while travelling can be really reassuring for your child and can providing them with entertainment as well as comfort. Just don’t lose it!
Often when travelling there are unexpected delays or unavoidable queues. In these situations it is not always convenient to search through your bag for something to entertain your child. Here’s a great idea from @critterz_, a wearable toy! The necklaces each include a toy figure so your child can wear their entertainment.
There are many, many great toys and activities to keep toddlers entertained while travelling. When shopping for items to pack on your next adventure make sure your choices are appropriate to your child’s age, will hold their interest for more than a few minutes, are lightweight and compact and will also provide them with entertainment once you reach the destination.
I have big dreams for this site and it will take plenty of time to achieve them but even the longest journey starts with a single step and this is it; Blog Post #1!
While you can find all this information elsewhere on my site, let me start with the basics.
My name is Bianca. I am a qualified teacher, though currently a stay-at-home-mum. I taught in a Primary School eight years. While working in the classroom I was also my school’s Numeracy co-ordinator for a number of years. As I progressed through my teaching career I realised one of the main challenges faced by teachers is a lack of time. I recently realised there was a way I can give teachers back some time, lift their work load and take away the tasks they didn’t particularly enjoy but still have to complete.
Flying Sprout is dedicated to Saving Teachers Time; less time spent on undesirable, energy-sapping tasks means more time to do the things you want to do and more time to focus on the needs of your students.
Flying Sprout gives teachers the opportunity to outsource many non-teaching duties. These tasks include but are not limited to:
Proof reading and editing
Printing and laminating
Cutting and sorting
Reading and summarising
Also offered by Flying Sprout is pre-service and graduate teacher mentoring. Sometimes it can be hard to talk through issues with colleagues, gain advice and support in a new workplace. Having a mentor who has worked in the same environment, understands the pressures and is willing to listen and offer advise without judgement can be a very valuable thing.
I hope you enjoy taking this ride with me as I aim to grow a business from my passion.