Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Travel Made Easy

Lucie and Sam's birthdays were just here, and in typical Tracy fashion...I was late getting their presents out to them. Lucie and Sam are Erin's, from A Bird and A Bean, kids. Love those little frogs! ANYHOO, I knew they were going to be hitting the wide open road for the 4th, so I made them these travel trays. I also made sure they got there before they left...THEY DID! Whew! This idea had been playing around in my mind for a while because we went on a family trip a couple of weeks ago. I made some similar trays, but Cash and Luc turned out to be my trial testers. Afterward, I knew I had to make some modifications for more usage.

Cookie trays seemed to be a great option because: A.) They are stackable B.) They are only a buck at the Dollar Tree C) They can be used for MULTIPLE purposes...besides games/toys, they can be used when eating in the car. (VERY HANDY!)

This tray is Lucie's. There are princess coloring pages and activities on one side, and crayons on the other. I got the idea for the magnets on the crayon pouch from Somewhat Simple. There's a magnet glued ( I used W6000 glue) to the clip holding the pages together, and magnets hot glued to the back of the crayon pouch. This way, they do not slip.

Underneath the activity/coloring pages is a checker board. I cut 64 1' squares of scrapbook paper (From 2 coordinating pages, 32 of each), and used Mod Podge to adhere them to tray. I then applied multiple...probably around 4-5 coats of Mod Podge on top of checker board. I finished it off with a nice even coat of clear sealant. After ransacking my buttons, I found 13 blue and 13 pink buttons, and (luckily) 26 white buttons. ( This gives an extra, just in case.) I used E6000 glue to adhere one of each to a magnet, as shown.

To keep the Checker pieces all together, I found a package of these little containers at the Dollar Tree for a $1, of course.( Great buy! I have loads of ideas for these little gems. ) I attached magnets to the back of the containers, so they stay in place during the game.

What I love about using the magnets is that you can be "Kinged" and it will stay in place while you are going 70 MPH in the car! Love it.

The last activity for Lucie was this little sticker mosaic. It, too, was only a buck at Dollar Tree. I thought it would keep her busy, and it was bedazzling. Perfect for little 4 year old girls.

Now. Sam. He's only 2, just like my Luc, and I knew it would be harder to keep his attention. I primed the tray with spray primer, then painted a road on it, and again, finished it off with a clear sealant. Two small trucks came with the gift to joy ride on the tray. This, too, came from Somewhat Simple.

Since Sam is starting to learn his letters, I thought this would be a fun way for him to show his alphabet recognition, or practice.

Of course, you can't just throw this stuff at a kid, and I knew it would be easier if it was all together, so these little bags came in handy. I used the Freezer Paper Method to make their names, and threw in some extra pencils. Also, each has a little special clothing gift inside the bag to go along with the tray.

They were fun to make, and I think they will make the trip more tolerable. Hope so! For Erin's sake, at least!!

Have a great week!!- Tracy

Linking to:
Someday Crafts
We are that Family



Joe and Jocelyn said...

Dang, you're good! :)

MommaHen said...

This is quite possibly one of the cutest things I've seen linked to WhateverWednesday! Great work!

lily said...

I come to visit you blog naka. ^-^

Ginger said...

What a great idea for kids.
Loved how you showed your idea with the cookie trays awesome!

erin said...

OOO - I loved it. I can't wait to break them out while we are on the trip. I already told them Tracy sent them a present, but they can't see it until we are on the road! Mwhaha. Thanks again. They really do ROCK!

Katy said...

Love this idea.

Tracy said...

Thanks ladies!! :)

Anonymous said...

Great ideA! Wish I knew of your blog when my kids were young «8)

Pat said...

What a great travel idea! Happy 4th of July and PS!

lisa said...

love the idea! My family lives 7 hours from us so we do a lot of traveling. When my son gets older I will need lots of distractions in the car. Now this is on my list.


Mercedes said...

These are so cute! Great idea, wonderful creativity and I would have loved to have gotten these as a gift... found you on Pinterest, and I just "pinned" these! Thanks for the great idea!

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