Our family holiday this year was a lovely trip to stay with my parents at their home on the coast. However, it's 6 hours away by car (this does not include any stops or traffic jams, so you can reckon on a whole day in the car). With a baby and a noisy toddler. In a small 10 year old Corsa with an enormous roof-box stuffed to the brim.
We don't own a tablet or anything, so videos cannot be deployed. Therefore, Mr Button and I got down to a little crafting to keep toddler entertained. He made some lovely wooden lacing boards and wooden beads. I made a glitter bottle to watch. I also did a little preparatory sewing.
Not sure what this toy ought to be called, as it's the product of my fevered imagination at 3am. I guess "busy cube"? If there is interest I can share a pattern, but essentially it's a 6" sided cube with doors on each side, shut by every different fastening I had to hand. Toddler likes to play with fastenings.
Sides as follows:
1. Eyelets with ribbon lacing
2. Side release buckle
3. Giant button
4. Four small buttons
5. Four poppers
...plus added tag with a clip thing on because I have 9 left over from my baby sling.
The lacing ribbon is stitched on at one point so it can't get lost.
A different fabric hides behind each door.
The whole point was the small buttons so Toddler could practice buttoning his own clothes.
You could perhaps keep treasures in the zipped pocket?
I had to have a little bit of Toddler's favourite colour fabric in here somewhere!
I had a cute idea to put little clear pvc pockets on the cube faces behind each door, and slip photographs of favourite family members or characters in. But I had just a few evenings to make this thing plus all the other stuff we'd planned, so it didn't happen.
This toy ended up being presented at Granny's house instead, as we
thought he might be a bit young for some of the activities on it and the
screams of frustration in the car with nobody to help might be a bit
much for us to bear! However, calmer or older children might get on better.