This is a special post for me because it’s my chance to talk about a special project I’ve been working on for a couple months. For those that don’t know, we are 50 days away from our Disney World trip with the kids and my travel planning has been going strong. Anytime you’re traveling for 4 days round trip…in a car…with little kids…you definitely need to plan! I’ve put a few things together already, but here’s a more comprehensive list of items in my DIY Travel Activity Notebook for Kids! So you’ve got a trip coming up. Maybe you’re driving to visit family for the holidays. How exciting! Now, if you’re a type A personality like me, you’ll start planning travel activities for your kids about 6 months ahead! I’ve done a couple other fun posts about traveling with kids, including a FREE DIY I-Spy Game, and Dollar Store Travel Gifts for Kids, so check those out too if you haven’t already because they are awesome.
Along with our Dollar Store gifts for the kids to unwrap at intervals during the trip, I’ve also put together personalized Activity Notebooks for each of them. I did this for our last Disney trip almost 2 years ago and the kids LOVED these. It’s so easy to throw a few generic coloring books in your car for the kids, but how many of the pages actually end up colored? My kids absolutely hate the texture of regular coloring book pages. With a little extra effort, you can create something that is unique to your child’s interests and that will surely keep their attention much longer in the car.
Here’s what you’ll need:
For the Travel Activity Notebook
- Dollar Store 3 ring binder (one for each child)
- Dollar Store zipper pack for pencils/crayons (one for each child)
- 3 Hole Punch
Activity Pages to Include
Most of the items below can be found online by doing a simple google search or you can rip them from old coloring books. Gather your items together, 3 hole punch them, then insert into the Travel Activity Binder.
- Tic Tac Toe Pages. These can be printed from the internet, you can make yourself in a Word doc, or just draw some tic-tac-toe boards on blank pieces of colored construction paper.
- Squares activity pages
- Decode activity pages
- Themed or regular Crossword puzzles. I found some great Thanksgiving & Christmas themed puzzles since we’re traveling between those holidays. Just make sure they are age appropriate.
- Word Search puzzles
- Color by Number pages
- Themed activity pages for upcoming holidays. I found some holiday themed math & matching worksheets. Some old coloring books have these as well.
- Dot to Dot pages. You can find plenty of these online or you can purchase a dot-to-dot workbook. We got Tyke an ultimate dot-to-dot book for Christmas last year that goes from 1-500+ and he loves it. It’s great for elementary school kiddos.
- Coloring Pages. You can include pages from old coloring books that you know your child will like, or if you’re me, you can spend some time online finding coloring pages that fit your kids interests & print them out. Tink loves baby animals/princesses and Tyke loves Superheroes & Werewolves. Here’s a great link for free online color pages. I printed several from there. I also google searched the color pages I wanted, copy/pasted images into a blank word document, then re-sized the image to fit the entire page. For many, I also inserted a text box with text for Tink to begin some sight word recognition.
- Page protector filled with extra stickers
- Blank construction paper/sketch paper for drawing & sticker art
- Free DIY I-Spy Travel Game for Kids. You can make this in about 5 minutes & include in the Activity Notebook.
Other Travel Things for The Kids
- Clipboard or cookie sheet baking pan from Dollar store with magnet clip attached to hold activity sheets in place
- Dollar Store crates or storage containers to store notebooks & activity supplies so back seat remains clean. Here’s a picture of mine.
- Washable Markers
- Colored Pencils
- Pencils with erasers (and sharpeners if not click pencils)
- Dry erase or window markers for doodling on car windows (if you can trust your kids not to doodle on your seats)
- Window cling stickers for window art
- Cookie sheet baking pan and magnets from the Dollar Store to play with (Here’s an example)
- Extra coloring/activity books from $1 store
- Ipad or Ipad mini (loaded with free games, music, movies)
- Ipad Back-of-the-Seat holder for watching movies (if you don’t have a built-in DVD player in your vehicle)
- Educational Activity Notebooks for Child’s grade level (You can get more educational ideas here)
- Books & audio books
- Activity Boosters for Rest Stops: Jump rope, Nerf football, bouncy balls, soccer ball, sidewalk chalk for hopscotch, wipes, paddle ball toys
- Travel size games (we got several travel games from the Dollar Store and wrapped them up as gifts for the kids).
- Other Travel Games from MomsMinivan.com! This site is full of great free printables and games to play on the road, including scavenger hunts and license plate games!
- Don’t forget your Dollar Store Travel Gifts to surprise the kids with every 1.5 or 2 hours during the trip!
I finished these notebooks for our kids and breathed a sigh of relief because that just means we are one step closer to Disney! Now I can focus on other things like decorating my house for the holidays and making sure all our Fast Pass+ and dining reservations are in order:-)
Have a great travel item for kids that wasn’t included here? Comment below and share:-) Thanks so much for visiting today!