DIY // busy wallet for toddlers

February 27, 2013

I think at one time or another, we’ve all had it done to us.  You’re little one has gotten a hold of your wallet, and the next thing you know, the contents are emptied out all over the floor.   I know my older toddler loves to play pretend and be, “just like mommy!” with a wallet at all!
I was getting rid of an old wallet, and thought it was the perfect time to put together a “busy wallet” for my children.  It is so easy to do, and all you have to do is gather up a few things that you most likely have lying around.
You’ll need:
One old Wallet
Pretend credit cards (I used some used up gift cards, or the junk mail credit cards work great, or business cards)
Drivers License- just a little polaroid of my little one
Pretend coins and bills (If they aren’t still in the choking stage)
A small pad of paper
A ruler
Fill the wallet with just about anything you think would be fun for your kids!  Hopefully it will keep them busy for a night out at a restaurant as a family when they are having a hard time sitting still.
Surprise your children with a busy wallet full of things they usually get told, “no” for touching.
Nothing like a few moments of silence while going out to eat, or getting the bathroom cleaned!  This should keep them entertained for a little while they fill and re-fill  the wallet, and play with its contents!
{All photos by me, Caroline Armelle Drake}

8 thoughts on “DIY // busy wallet for toddlers

  1. Jessica @ Team Wiking

    Ha! A little jealous that you're "getting rid" of a LV wallet, lol. I gave my little one an old one of my J.Crew magic wallets. He loves how it bends differently. I filled it with colorful giftcards and credit card offer cards. He loves to go through it when we are at restaurants and such. It's a big help when we're trying to finish a meal and he is just a little too antsy to let that happen quietly.

  2. Eva {Tales of the Scotts}

    what a great idea! my kids also love to play with my wallet. my 12 month old lost my driver's license. it's somewhere here in the house but I've never been able to find it. that was 6 months ago. finally after 1 month, I bit the bullet and went and got a new one. 🙂

  3. Melissa

    This is a fantastic idea! Thanks so much for sharing! I definitely have an old wallet and now it'll be getting some more use!


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