Toddler Bag of Tricks


Everyone knows the term of “Survival of the Fittest.” You know, those who are unfit or struggle for existence are eliminated. Well, Liam, Trevor, and I run our own test of survival of the fittest every week at church. Who is going to outlast, outwit, and outperform… the parent or the child?

Alright, that may be a little dramatic, but church feels like that every week! We have three hours of church which means three hours of wrestling Liam to be quiet and well behaved. It. Is. Exhausting.  I think it is good for him to learn that there are times when you can be crazy and run around, and there are times when you need to sit (somewhat) quietly and play. My kid is crazy, as I am sure a lot of one-year-olds are, but I have a feeling that Sundays are going to struggle for the next 18 years. Lucky me! {insert sarcasm here}

My mom always had a fun bag of tricks that we took to church every Sunday. So, I decided my project this week would be to create my own bag of tricks to take to church in hopes that we can enjoy church and not dread it. My thought is that this will be a special bag that we will only use at church so Liam won’t get bored of the toys. If you aren’t church goers, I think these things would also work great at restaurants. I’ve already been tempted to take a few of them with me when we went out to eat this weekend.

Liam likes to do things. He likes to figure out puzzles and work. So here are some things I have put together for our Sunday bag of tricks.



A quiet book – My mom got me this before Liam was born. Some of the items are too complicated for Liam now, but there are a few pages that keep him busy like the fishing pole and the Velcro snowman.


Pom Pom Box – I made this simple pom pom box. Nothing fancy. It has a hole in the top that Liam can drop the pom poms in. Then he can open the lid, get them out, and repeat.


Velco Page Folders – Since the Velcro page in the Quiet Book is such a hit I made a couple Velcro games. Super easy and cheap to make. They are thin pieces of wood from Hobby Lobby painted with paper mod podged on top. Then I added Velcro to foam cutouts and stuck them on the boards.


Stacking cups from IKEA $2.99 – These may be a little noisy, but Liam loves to stack things up and take them down.

Stacking cups

Finger puppets from IKEA $4.99finger puppets

Fabric stacking rings from IKEA $4.99

Toy train from IKEA $3.99


Crayons, notebook, and stickers

Book of Jesus Pictures

Snacks and water bottle – I found his adorable Elmo snack holder at Walmart. Liam likes to open and shut the mouth to get his snacks


Mini m&ms – I think it’s safe to say Liam is addicted to these things. I save these until the end when I am desperate. I use them as my final “trick.” Otherwise, Liam will down the whole thing in five minutes.


If there is something that works for you and your kids during church please leave a comment. I’d like to know what else I can add! Thanks for stopping by!

10 thoughts on “Toddler Bag of Tricks

  1. Shann Eva says:

    These are some great things to have with you. That’s definitely a long time for a kiddo to sit and be quiet. Heck, that seems like a long time for me. It’s really good that you are committed to it, and figuring out how to make it work.


    • thenavynest says:

      Thanks Shann! And I hear ya, three hours is a little on the nutty side, but it’s important to us as a family. My hope is that I can make it as enjoyable as possible for Liam so that he likes going to church with his friends every week. Thanks for stopping by! It looks like you have a very successful blog and I am excited to follow you.


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