Wednesday, August 04, 2010

works for me: DIY Travel Chalkboards

last week i drove 360 miles with 4 kids ages 2, 4, and 5. it took us about 8 hours to get from point A to point B. in that time, they entertained themselves with coloring books, old fashioned road trip games, handheld game devices, chitterchatter, wild guesses of where we were going, and lots of snacks. it was good. it was noisy. it was fun.

however, they are kids. their attention span is still *maturing.*
i knew there would be a lull in the road trip fun and games, some boredom and bickering, despite our best efforts. and there was.

luckily, i did some research- here, here, here, here, oh yeah and here- scoured my craft shelf, and, based on the supplies i had on hand, i constructed my secret weapon to combat forever-long-car-ride-boredom:

DIY Travel Chalkboards!

these worked perfectly for that moment when the coloring books got old, all the songs were sung, and the pre-K conversation had no where else to go. SuperMama just whipped these babies out and WHAM! silence. then giggling. scribbling. creation. imaginations at work.

easy peasy to make with black craft foam sheets (i cut 8x10 sheets in half), green yarn, sidewalk chalk, and a hole punch:

homemade travel chalkboards work for me!

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