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« on: May 22, 2012 09:19:06 AM »

We are about to embark on a 14hr+ road trip on June 1st...  Shocked  and I have 4 littles to tow along with me.  (Did I mention that my husband isn't able to drive with me?  He flies down a couple days later to meet up with us...)

So, I have been wracking my brain for some fun activities for the kids to do in the car.  I also like to make a couple of them just because I'm like that and it usually saves me $$.  Here's what I came up with for my toddler:

a Magnetic Alphabet Matching Game

I purchased a pizza pan at the Dollar Tree for um, a dollar.  Grin  Purchased heart shaped wooden discs at Michaels for $2.99 and a role of magnetic "tape" for $1 as well.  Total spent=$5.  If you have the plastic alphabet set that you can for a buck at Walmart/Dollar Tree, then should only cost you a buck or so for the pizza pan.  I would recomend simply buying a new pan since they're so cheap. 

I used a sharpie marker and just wrote out the alphabet randomly on the pan.

I then wrote out the alphabet on the wooden discs.  Cut small pieces of magnetic tape and apply them to the backs of the discs.  You CAN apply a bit of hot glue or E6000 for added strength.  I tried glue and no glue.  They are all holding still after a week. 

I'll be back soon to share a magnetic paper doll set I just finished this morning!  The littles in this family are getting super excited for vacation! 

« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2012 09:47:34 AM »

That is a very good idea! You could also make some of those bags with a little "window" - I think they are called a I-spy-bag.
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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2012 01:00:51 PM »

This is definitely a great idea.  I might have to borrow it!

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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2012 06:29:53 PM »

Neat idea.  Just a thought to stretch out the fun; maybe you could add colored dots in paint pen and then color coded magnets to match colors.  You could have separate baggies for the different game pieces and just one magnetic surface for them to play on.  The older kids (if you have them) might have fun with numbers and corresponding dotted magnets, or upper- and lower-case letters. 

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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012 11:18:48 AM »

That looks like a fun travel game!

I don't know how old your kids are, but here's a travel tip that worked with my two girls when they were younger: we gave them each a roll of quarters at the beginning of a trip. Any instance of bickering or whining cost a quarter. Whatever money they had left was theirs, and could be spent on treats or souvenirs once we reached our location. We never had to take any money away. Best vacation bang for the buck! Cheesy

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