It seems that the end of July is upon us – very sneaky this month of July – and soon we will be loading up our car for camping across the province on our way to a family reunion.

I am both excited and terrified. I love to camp out, and it’s been too long, but we’re also taking a 3 year old who has never camped before and throwing in a full day’s drive.


The good news is that the wonderful, marvelous Patti Taggart from Tag Along Toys at Kanata’s Signature Centre has selected a few things to keep my daughter entertained while we’re on the road.

I picked up a bag of fun from Tag Along last week and we’re going to spring this stuff on the kid when boredom strikes and see what she thinks. I’m most excited about the two Imagine I Can products – a princess she can colour and a fish that sews together. The kid watches me knit and watches Grandma sew, so this will be sure to please her – and improve hand-eye coordination.

I’m also taking along some other things I’ve picked up, including Rory’s Story Cubes, because making up ridiculous stories is a classic camping activity. All the activities will also be made easier by this soft tray that Patti recommended when I was first trying to figure our road tripping. The kid will have a nice surface to work on, and pockets so that crayons and markers don’t end up unreachable on the floor.

Now the biggest problem is that when I was looking for my links on the Tag Along site I noticed a few other things that she might like…

If you haven’t visited Patti’s store yet, do yourself a favour and take a browse around. It’s a wonderful, playful place, and a local business to boot.

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