Many times when my kids were small we would find ourselves in a park, hotel, restaurant or airplane when suddenly they would need a simple prop for pretending.
Our dear friend Torii most often requested a baby. I got good at wrapping up a playsilk in such a way that she could cradle it, love it and imagine it was her real baby.
My sons more often wanted an animal, or a throwing toy. We learned to tie silks into little animals for floor play and shooting stars to throw in hotel rooms.
This summer, as you travel, consider packing some playsilks to entertain your kids. Our dear friend Torii was also very fond of packing, her mom appreciated that the playsilks packed up small! They do fold up small, open up to be quite big and are versatile! Grandparents will be surprised to see what the kiddos come up with and may join in the play too.
This beautiful dolly is from The Magic Onion.
And here is one I made.