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.
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.
I found this shape matching activity here. I laminated the page and the shapes, and added velcro.
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.
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.
This felt cupcake making kit was also a hit. I made the board with the back of a cereal box.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
And what’s a road trip without reading material?
Everything went into this Minnie Mouse carrybag that I found at the Crazy Store.
What I love about all these activities is that I could sneak some learning in without the girls even realising it. 🙂
You can find more ideas on my Busy Bag Pinterest board.
How do you keep your kids busy on long car trips?