8 Fun Ways to Keep Your Kids Occupied While Running Errands This Spring

kids outsideLet's be honest. Running errands with kids, particularly toddlers, is no easy feat. Not only do you have to wrangle them and pack what feels like a suitcase full of toys, drinks, and treats before you leave the house, you have to wrangle them while you're out and trying to get stuff done. It can be pretty stressful, but most moms have no choice but to take the kids along. The only thing we can do is keep them entertained -- and that's not always easy!

Here are 8 fun ways to keep the littles occupied while you get stuff done this spring. Good luck!

1. Books. Even though they can't read, what kid doesn't love a good book? Pack your child's favorite book along when you're out and about -- but don't tell them. When they start to get fidgety, present it to them as if it's a surprise.

2. New toys. When you have a serious day of errands ahead of you, you need to bring out the big guns: New toys. But there's an art to this. Just when your child feels like they can't handle another minute of errands, give them their new toy and you should get another solid half-hour out of them. Hey, it's something.

3. Have them pick flowers. One of the greatest things about the weather warming up is the fact that the kids can play outside. Make a game of your errand day, asking your kids to find flowers, leaves, and grass when you're outside. When you get indoors, let them play with their new treasures.  

4. Sidewalk chalk. Try bringing along a Ziplock bag full of sidewalk chalk when running errands. Allow kids to draw when you get to each destination.

5. Snacks. Make a "special" snack with your kids before heading out for the day. Even if it's just mixing fruit or nuts in a bag, they'll enjoy eating something "they" made.

6. Rock, Paper, Scissors. Teach them how to play Rock, Paper, Scissors the day before a big day of errands. It will keep them occupied in the car.

7. Let them make their own t-shirt. Craft stores sell plain white t-shirts and fabric crayons for really cheap. Let the kids make their shirts the night before and wear them the next day -- or better yet, allow them to draw in the car. Drawing on a t-shirt? What's more fun than that?!

8. I Spy. Play I Spy with the kids while running errands. They'll actually enjoy heading into the store with you if they get to play a game. And it's fun to play outdoors, too!

How do you keep your kids occupied while running errands?


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nonmember avatar MammaMel

FYI...#4 might get you arrested for vandalism in some states...

ceciliam ceciliam

I would always include my son in the task.

la_be... la_bella_vita

I always do something involved with the errand. For example, when grocery shopping the kids help me find items.

elasmimi elasmimi

I have been guilty of relying on electronics, but that is changing this summer! She is going to several camps, and I have some other activities lined up for us to do together.

Three... Threes.Company

Simple... I don't bring them.  LOL!  I run errands when they are in school or when my husband is home.  I don't see the need to add more stress to my life by dragging them along if I can avoid it.  If I do need to take them, I only need to do a QUICK run for something basic.  So they don't need entertainment for such a short trip.

allie... alliesmom112

when running errands I always make sure we have heer Kindle or Vtech in the car.

allie... alliesmom112

when we are grocery shopping she always has her own list of stuff she is in charge of finding. Our Kroger even has kid sized buggies for her to shop with it becomes a great learning game for her

allie... alliesmom112

we also keep a basket of little toys and books in the car at all times. I watch a little boy during the day and he pick up line at school ca take forever on some days so I always have little things in the car

MamaM... MamaMandee

My youngest has a to go bag with art supplies, a few small toys and a snack. 

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