Traveling with kids can be a challenge, wither it is a 10 minute drive to the store or a 5 hour drive to Grandmas. Having a bag or box of Travel Crafts or activities to do for you kids while you are traveling will make a world of difference for not just your sanity but how fun the trip will be.
Travel I Spy Card Game
I made these for my kids and you are welcome to print them out (color or black & white) and then cut them out. While you are traveling you can hand each kid a card, and whoever can find all four things on the cards first, then they win that round. Take those cards and pass out one more to each child. You can print these cards here or make your own. You can even make them with stickers and use card stock them laminate them. You can see the Laminator I use here.
Travel Magnet Boards
Go to your Dollar Store and get 1 cookie sheet for each child (be sure to take a magnet to make sure it will stick to it). You can cover it with paper and use Mod Podge to cover it so it won’t come off. I would even be fun to use (or make) a road like pattern and you kids can use cars to drive around on it. There are Magnetic Alphabets, Magnetic Numbers, Magnetic Animals, and so much more that you can get or make to go on these. It will keep them entertained for ever. If you have older kids you can put paper on their boards and have them practice their math, spelling, matching etc. The magnets will still stick through the paper. It will be fun and educational.
Folder of “paper” Activities
Take a PORTFOLIO and make copies (or print off) puzzles, games, mazes, coloring pages, search and find and other fun challenging activities that are appropriate for their age and then take some string and tie a pencil to the folder so it doesn’t get lost and you don’t have them fighting about who’s pencil is who’s.
Beads Travel Crafts
Take yarn, plastic lace, stretchy WIRE, or whatever else works good, and put long (or short) pieces of it in a baggie, then add several beads to the baggie.
Magnetic Bingo Boards
Get a piece of sheet metal that is 8×8 and print out these BINGO boards. Use Mod Podge to apply the boards to the sheet metal. Be sure to wrap the paper around the edges of the sheet metal and cover front and back with the same piece of paper (maybe with a pattern or design) then apply the bingo board over the top. You can make your own markers with magnets and beads, beans, shapes, or any other object you can hot glue to a magnet.
If you have a favorite travel craft, activity, game or even song I would love for you to share it with me. Since we have four kids and travel a lot, I welcome any ideas.