The concept is pretty simple–it’s “surprise” supplies in a can to keep the kids (or yourself) busy/preoccupied. I honestly don’t remember everything I put in the cans. You want something that will take up some time and be a good distraction from the emergency situation. Maybe a model or equipment for some skill they could learn.
Here are some things I do remember putting in the cans:
Puzzles (in a baggie with the picture from the box)
Yarn, crochet hook, simple crochet directions
Small printed word puzzles, mazes, coloring pages
Colored pencils and hand sharpener
Some hard candies
I’m sure I put more in–I guess we’ll all be surprised if/when we ever open them! When deciding what to put in your cans, consider your children and their likes/dislikes/abilities. Also think a couple of years ahead. I put crochet stuff in the can for my littlest one and she was probably only 3 at the time. Remember some things won’t “keep” well–like crayons or regular play-dough or batteries.
Because we packed these at an emergency prep fair, they were adding the mini can openers to the bottom of the can. You sure wouldn’t have to go to that trouble, but do make sure you’ve got a manual can opener on hand so you can get it open!
What else could you put in a boredom buster can?