After 10 years of running with a stroller, I’ve come up with a great list of a few favorites used by my mini warriors over the years:
Where’s Waldo: I found a travel size Where’s Waldo book and it is the perfect size to keep in the car, in a purse, and for little hands to hold. I looked through this book with my kids-- Waldo is not so easy to find on some pages!
Sticker Books: My stroller has been a victim of crayons! Sticker books are a fantastic way to keep the kids occupied during long runs without worrying about the graffiti. Stickers placed on the stroller and clothing can all be peeled off and placed on a piece of paper to be given to a SW friend!
Rubik’s Cube: The Rubik’s Cube puzzle comes in a variety of sizes and difficulty levels. I started with the easier cubes, then shifted to the more difficult cubes as each child got older.
Electronic Simon Says: At a younger age, pressing the colored buttons and hearing the musical notes was fun; however, when my kids got older, they began following the purpose/goal of the came— to copy the pattern of musical notes, and to beat “Simon” and achieve the high score.
Stuffed animals: My kids loved snuggling a stuffed animal while sitting in the stroller. Who doesn’t love encouragement from a stuffed animal? Tip: don’t take a favorite! Once during a run, my daughter dropped her favorite fish stuffed animal at the very beginning of a run and I didn’t notice. I was alerted that the fish was missing when she woke up from her nap toward the tail end of my run.
Toy Airplanes: It was precious watching and listening to my kids play pretend as I ran, especially with their toy airplanes— sticking an arm out to the side with an airplane in hand catching the air as it jets across the sky!
Who doesn’t enjoy a little music session while on a run? I keep it small with a kazoo and a shaker. These small instruments also come in handy when spectating at a race or running along your SW friends during their C25K graduation race!
Want to add to the list? Please share any suggestions with your Stroller Warrior friends!