Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

We went on a road trip to Vryburg for my brother-in-law’s wedding this weekend, and I made a busy bag to keep the girls occupied for the trip. Because experience has proven that if they don’t have something to do then they will talk non-stop.

Seriously, unless they are asleep, they will talk.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

I found this printable busy book. I made one for each of the girls. Instead of binding the pages, I glued them into a hardcover A6 notebook, leaving a blank page between each printed page, and lots of leftover blank pages for drawing. I couldn’t find decent short pencils, so I bought these mini kokis instead.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

I found this shape matching activity here. I laminated the page and the shapes, and added velcro.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

This number wheel is from this site. I laminated the wheel, and wrote the number on one side of the peg and the number of dots on the other side.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

This felt clothesline activity ended up becoming a favourite with the girls. I made the board using the back of a cereal box. I cut clothes shapes out of fabric and bought tiny pegs at PNA.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

This felt cupcake making kitΒ was also a hit. I made the board with the back of a cereal box.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

This counting activity didn’t work so well in the car. The pompoms refused to stay in their squares. The girls had fun with it later, though.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

I made these felt name boards so the girls could practice spelling their names. The top row of letters is glued onto the felt board; the bottom row of letters is loose. (And while cutting out all those little letters, I had to ask why we’d given our daughters such long names!)

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

I made this shape building activity from ice cream sticks and velcro. I drew a triangle on a yellow, red and orange stick, and a square on a blue, purple and green stick so they would know which shape to build with that colour.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

I’ve seen this button snake activity on a lot of blogs. It was really simple to make, but the ribbon is already fraying so I need to figure out a better way of attaching it to the button. It’s a great fine motor exercise for little fingers!

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

These trays were a last-minute addition from the Crazy Store. They turned out to be a good buy – the girls also used them for eating in the car.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

And what’s a road trip without reading material?

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

Everything went into this Minnie Mouse carrybag that I found at the Crazy Store.

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

What I love about all these activities is that I could sneak some learning in without the girls even realising it. πŸ™‚

Road Trip Survival: Busy Bags

You can find more ideas on my Busy Bag Pinterest board.

How do you keep your kids busy on long car trips?

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