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Meghan McEwen, designtripper.com
Even if you pack up the fam and head to warmer climes, your kid is still in for a bout of auto or airplane cabin fever. A well-stocked backpack is a must, says McEwen, mom to Cass, 5, and Ollie, 2. “Dried apricots are our go-to airplane snack,” she says. “They help ears pop because they’re so chewy.” Books, old-school games, and colored pencils and paper are wholesome distractions. Also consider lending your young traveler your (junior-proofed) iPad. “Every parent should have one movie loaded that, in a pinch, their kids can watch over and over on a road trip.”
- Go Fish, eeboo.com
- Wikki Stix Original, in Primary or Neon, wikkistix.com
- Large suede color pencil kit, shakespearesden.com
- Life on Earth travel matching game, eeboo.com
- "Little House on the Prairie," by Laura Ingalls Wilder
- DODOcase for J.Crew for iPad2, jcrew.com
- Fjällräven Kanken Classic rucksack, jcrew.com
- Gourmet slip-pit apricots, apricotking.com
- Pocket Etch A Sketch, ohioart.com
- Classic Fifteen Puzzle, vermontcountrystore.com
- Auto Bingo, restorationhardware.com.
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Granola Prep Set
Caroline Campion, devilandegg.com
“When my daughter Belle was 5 years old, we visited Paris with her grandmother. The three of us went to the Rose Bakery and had the granola, which is the best,” says Campion. “We bought their cookbook and have been making the Honey Granola at home ever since. It’s a perfect cold-weather project for the kids” -- Belle, now 8, and Conor, 4. “We also use a recipe journal to keep track of the dishes we make together as a family.”
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Bee Buddies honey, savannahbee.com.
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Blanched Marcona almonds, nutsonline.com.
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Oatmeal of Alford, formaggiokitchen.com.
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Porcelain measuring spoons, brookfarmgeneralstore.com.
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Half-Liter Mold jar, weckcanning.com.
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Organic Madagascar vanilla, nycake.com.
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Moleskine Passions Recipe Journal, moleskineus.com.
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Theater in a Box
Kristen Chase and Liz Gumbinner, coolmompicks.com
“Staging a show is an ideal indoor activity that encourages imagination and creativity,” says Chase, who is raising up-and-coming thespians Quinlan, 7, Drew, 5, Margot, 3, and Bridget, 1. Masks and finger or sock puppets help bring characters to life and put players in the Broadway spirit. Adds Gumbinner, mom to Thalia, 6, and Sage, 4: “You can buy play scripts based on classic fairy tales, or provide your little dramatists with a pencil and paper and have them dream up their own.”
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Now I’m Reading! Plays: "Cinderella," innovativekids.com.
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Sock Puppet Kit
Make Your Own Sock Puppets, creativityforkids.com.
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Woodland felt masks, etsy.com/shop/mahalo.
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Old McDonald finger puppet set, etsy.com/shop/weeknit.
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