This weekend I’m getting all dolled up and setting 14 alarms to wake up early enough to go and share some travel tips on Good Morning, CT. I’m pretty sure I can be a voting member of SAG now, and I’ve been working on my IMDB profile page. Assuming zero of you are awake at that hour, I wanted to share the projects that I’ll be blathering on about as this week’s #WednesdayPlayday: DIY Travel Games for Kids.
1. Magnetic Chalk Board
The first game I’m sharing is crazy easy… grab an old metal tray or cookie sheet. Give it a quick scrub to remove grease or grime and go over with a spray primer. When the primer is set, follow with 2 or 3 coats of chalkboard spray. (I always reach for Rustoleum and love the results…)
This is a nice surface for your kids to rest on their laps and the chalkboard element is sort of fun and unique for them in the car.
2. DIY magnetic puzzle.
The bonus of making the magnetic chalkboard is that it works with any number of magnetic games (and there are tons). If you’re not in the market for a box of magnetic games, you can DIY a magnetic puzzle by simply gluing magnets to the back of any ol’ puzzle you have kicking around your house! I had a magnetic strip on hand so I just cut this into pieces but any hardware or craft store has magnets. Bonus: this will work on your refrigerator when you’re back from vacation!
3. Lego Challenge
Eleanor has already gone through this entire stack. Easy to adapt for any age, grab a handful of legos and start making them into random shapes. Take a picture of each shape and have your local drug store print them all out. Stick them on a metal ring and let your kids work to copy each shape.
(I’m pretty fancy-duh- so I laminated mine… but mostly because I would laminate by child if it were possible.)
4. Travel binder
Sky’s the limit on this one, but I love the idea of having everything handy and accessible for your child. Our travel binder has some dot-to-dots and mazes I printed out and then some plain paper with a bunch of stickers.
Coloring pages or word searches or color by numbers could all be fun for older children!
5. Alphabet Plate
I wrote about these plates in this post, but they’re perfect for a road trip also. We used to spend hours on the alphabet game when I was on road trips growing up (A- asphalt… B- boat… C- car… etc.) This simple activity lets your kids keep track of which letters by folding over the ones they find. (I also like these plates because you can adapt it to work with younger children who might be eager to play along but only know the letters in their name for example.)
The only chaff about these activities? We don’t have any road trips or vacations planned for the next decade. So don’t judge us if you see us driving around I95 in CT just so we have a chance to play with these travel games… we like to keep expectations low around here!
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