How can I order My Busy Kits?
Lorraine makes the kits on a casual basis out of her home. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (or directly to email@example.com) she'll send over a picture of the latest kit and contents. Kits are shipped anywhere in the United States via USPS Priority Mail.
Here is a snapshot from a batch of kits made during March 2013. Contents include a blank spiral notepad, activity pad, washable markers, crayons, wooden coloring shape, tape measure, safety scissors (that do cut paper), Wikki Stix, a velvet coloring crown, sticker activity (play passport), finger puppet, and inflatable globe.
My Busy Kit started as a business that Lorraine and Annabel ran from 2007 to 2011. Ideal for family travel, My Busy Kits are designed to keep children creatively entertained while out and about. The lunchbox-sized bags included items for coloring, pretend play, fine-motor development, and real-world discovery.
Working together, Lorraine and Annabel distributed over 5,000 kits nationwide. Their largest account was the bookstore at San Francisco Airport. By 2010 they expanded the product into iPhone and iPad apps. The apps were designed to let children engage in open-ended creative play. They include My Little Suitcase, and Snow Wonder, FREE on the iTunes App Store.
How can I make my own?
Grab the nearest see-through bag, one that a child can easily open and close. Check around your house for the following combinations:
1) COLOR - crayons, markers, blank white paper, envelopes, tape, scissors
2) PLAY - action figures, finger puppets, bendables, little toy people or animals
3) CREATE - construction toys, connecting shapes, pipe cleaners, Wikki Stix, pop beads, lace boards
4) DISCOVER - magnifying glass, measuring tape, flashlight, puzzle
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll be happy to fill you in.
Thanks for your interest. I post updated contents of the kits on Facebook regularly: https://www.facebook.com/mybusykit.