Okay, I promise this post is way more awesome than it sounds. Also, it’s not really a hack just for Mormon parents. It just seems especially Mormon to me since we’re well-known hoarders of 5-gallon buckets.
I first read about this idea last week on Latter-Day Homeschooling as “Emergency” Homeschooling Survival Kits. The idea was to have three days of homeschooling lessons packed into three 5-gallon buckets, to be used on days when you’re sick or otherwise un-motivated to teach homeschool.
But, really, what mother with toddlers at home doesn’t need an “emergency sick day” kit? I’m pretty sure this sounds like the best idea ever to me. Pack a bucket (or reusable grocery bag) with a days worth of activities for your toddlers, then pull it out when you’re ill, or one of your kids is ill, or when the refrigerator breaks and you need to entertain children at home for the day with minimal effort. Maybe you’ve all thought of this idea before, but to me, it’s revolutionary. Why not be prepared for the inevitable?
My goal this month is to put together 3 emergency sick day kits for under $15 each. Here are my ideas of what to put in an emergency kit:
- New school/craft supplies – because nothing makes coloring suddenly interesting again like a new box of crayons.
- Stickers – a great activity I recent read of is to give the kids a million little stickers and a paper with a large shape outlined on it. Have them fill the shape with stickers. Sounds like 30 minutes of rest.
- Printed out craft instructions – something simple and non-messy but time consuming? Also ideal if it’s at the level a child can do by himself without a lot of help from (miserably sick) you.
- Coloring books & puzzles from dollar section at Target – really, any thing from the dollar section will work.
- Cake or cookie mix – both activity and comfort snack
- Picture book
- Clearanced toy from “the stash” – Do you guys have a stash? I keep a stash of under $10 children’s toys for birthday presents; they’re also my current “bad day” go to solution, but doling them out like this will keep them more under control. You could also do this a more expensive way and buy toys that you want to add to your toy collection, but not give them out until sick days.
- Children’s DVD – great for the last hour before your husband gets home when you really can’t do any more. Again, think of it as building your collection in a beneficial manner.
What do you think? Any other brilliant ideas for what to put in an emergency kit? I also like the idea from the original post to have emergency meals stored in your freezer. A great way to do a little freezer cooking without feeling like you have to live that lifestyle.