Pin It Busy bags for me are such a great idea! If you're new to them I'd describe them as something that keeps your little one busy and fits in a bag! You should be able to pick them up and go, with no need to add anything in, and where possible they shouldn't need replenishing once used. I use them in restaurants, in church, at the doctors and when I need to keep Champ busy during the day I have a new activity ready to go with no prep.
There are heaps of busy bags online (check out my pin boards pinterest.com/hannahlouharris) and I thought I'd seen one like mine before, but now I can't find any so apologises if I haven't correctly given credit to this idea.
This one started as a cheap plain play mat (50p from Wilkos!) that I drew some roads on with a permanent pen and added a car set that came with a few road cones and signs (£1 from Poundland). Then I stuck them in a bag and we were good to go!
But, the boys had other ideas! One time when I got it out they decided we needed to add in some extras, and these stretched my very limited drawing skills! But, on the mat we now have a hospital, an airport, a forest, our house, Granny & Granddad's house and Grandma & Pa's house!
Then it all packs up into a little bag. Lots more of these to come, lots of busy bags for my busy boys!