How to Make a DIY Playground Car Kit (And Why You Should!)

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DIY Playground Car Kit

Warm weather means more time outside and hopefully, an impromptu trip or two to the neighborhood playground! Check out how easy it is to put together a Playground Car Kit. It’s a convenient way to keep essential supplies on hand for playtime!

Chances are probably pretty good that your kiddos love to stop at the playground for some time to burn off all that extra energy.  My kids love spending time on any playground and it never fails, 90% of our playground visits are completely unplanned.  I almost always find myself pulling into the playground after a rain shower (wet equipment) or wishing that I had stopped home for sunscreen even though home was not on the way to the park.  Last year I put together a dollar store first aid kit and also an Everything Box for my car.  Both have proven their worth (and the space they take up in my car) over the last 12 months as I have used many items from each on multiple occasions!  This Playground Car Kit only has a few essential items, but you’ll be glad to have them on hand!

DIY Playground Car Kit

I rounded up most of the supplies for our playground car kit at the dollar store.  The other items I already had at home and tossed into the box.  For the container, I used a small clear Sterilite storage box.  I like the clear totes the best because I can see what’s inside them with a simple glance.

Supplies for Playground Car Kit:

Sunglasses (for the kiddo)
Tablecloth  (for impromptu snack or lunch picnics on dirty picnic tables)
Microfiber Cloth (for drying off wet playground equipment)
Sidewalk Chalk
Jump Rope
First Aid Kit
Antibacterial Wipes

Quick note about the sunscreen: Sunscreen should not be stored in a hot car if you can avoid it. When sunscreen is left in extreme hot temperatures over a period of time, its composition and effectiveness can change. My suggestion is to leave the sunscreen out of this kit if you are keeping the kit in your car. Get in the habit of keeping a small container of sunscreen in your purse or diaper bag (or any bag that typically travels from house to home with you).

If you decide to keep this kit in your house and toss it into your car as you head to the playground, go ahead and put some sunscreen in the tote.

Playground Car Supplies

Here’s how the box looked with everything inside it:

Playground Supplies

After putting this box together, it went right into my car!  It will live in the back of the car, ready and waiting for one of our many warm weather last-minute-decision park visits!

One note – remember to go through your kit from time to time at home.  Swap out almost-empty or almost-expired sunscreen and first aid supplies.

Easy Playground Car Kit


Playground Car Kit PIN

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