Road Trip Activity Book

Road Trip Activity Book

I think it’s finally road trip week here on Kiddos on Board! We’ve been contemplating a fall road trip, which is something we’ve done the past two years, so road trips are on my mind! I started to get into this post last fall, but then winter came and it didn’t seem as relevant. Now that it’s summer and road trips are upon us, I’m bringing it out again.

Before a road trip last fall, I made a road trip activity book for my daughter. We spent four days driving down to San Francisco via Crater Lake, Oregon and some friend and family visits. The difference between traveling with an almost three year old last year and an almost four year old this year is that she now knows how to ask “are we there yet?” And, she can ask it often! I knew I had to keep her busy and preferably without screen time, as we try our hardest to go screen free for our road trips. (We do not have that same policy for planes or certain times at home – it just seems to work better for us to be screen free in the car). I can’t remember if I saw this idea on a specific blog or just pieced it together, but before leaving, I put together a travel activity book for her to use throughout our trip.

To make a travel activity book for toddlers, you will need to gather a few supplies.

  • 3 ring binder
  • Laminator w/laminating sheets
  • 3 ring hole punch
  • Cardstock
  • Dry erase crayons or pens
  • Pouch for crayons or pens
  • Some free printables from the web

Here are the steps:

  1. Find some free printables that will interest your kiddo. Princesses work for C. All I did was google “Free Pre-K Princess Packs” and several came up. I’ve also tried Frozen Pre-K and Sofia Pre-K packs. There are trains, planes, and circus packs out there. Really, you name it and there probably is one.
  2. Print your preferred pages onto cardstock. I don’t usually do them two-sided, but you could. I also don’t print all of the pages from the Pre-K packs, as some tend to be more for cutting.
  3. Laminate your pages. Did you know a laminator is not expensive at all? I picked up mine at Walmart for $20 or so. The pouches can add up, but it’s been worth it to make the books.

    Road Trip Activity Book

  4. Punch holes in your pages

    Road Trip Activity Book

  5. Add pages to binder
  6. If you can find a cheap pencil pouch for a 3 ring binder, put your dry erase crayons or pens and erasing cloth in there (These can be hard to find outside of back-to-school time. I have found some on Amazon, but they aren’t as cheap as back-to-school time.)
  7. Yay! You’re done!

Road Trip Activity Book

My daughter plays with hers at home as well and occasionally asks for new pages. I’ve also made them for gifts for some of her friends. They are usually a big hit for preschoolers who like to stay busy.

Thanks to www.123homeschool4me.com for the great princess printables you see in the photos and www.homeschoolcreations.com for the fireman pack I used to make a gift for a friend.

Review – California Naturel Sunscreen

I have a new favorite sunscreen!

In full disclosure, I received a few of California Naturel’s products to try and give my opinion on, but not as a blogger, as a family friend of one of the founders of the company. To my knowledge, they don’t know about this blog or that I’m writing a post.

Earlier this spring, a new company called California Naturel, launched their first skin care products. Shortly after, they followed by introducing their suncare line. California Naturel, based in Sausalito, California, is devoted to producing natural and luxurious skin and suncare products. I love the ingredients page of their website, which lets you either browse ingredients by photos of the ingredients (yes – the look like recognizable ingredients) or browse ingredients by product.

I’ve had the opportunity to try the Gentle Cleansing Gel as well as the All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30, and the Lip Balm SPF 8. The Gentle Cleansing Gel is very gentle as it says. I appreciate the fact that it does not have a strong fragrance, which can sometimes deter me from using certain lotions and soaps. It gives the feeling suitable to its name – that it is a Gentle Cleansing Gel for everyday use. I’ve been really pleased so far.

While I really like the Gentle Cleansing Gel, I’ve been gushing over the All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30. It’s an all natural sunscreen with Zinc Oxide as its main active ingredient. One would expect it to be one of those pasty white sunscreens, but this one actually rubs in! It’s my favorite quality. It smells nice, has a nice consistency, but I LOVE the fact that it rubs in really well. How often do you put a good, quality, mineral block on your kiddos, only to have them run back in the house or the car and get pasty white sunscreen on your sofa or car seats before you can stop them? We all seem really happy to use this luxurious sunscreen. Knock on wood, but we haven’t had any issues with burning or too little coverage. We try to reapply if we’re spending a lot of time in and out of the water or if we’re outside for a long time. The only downside is that the price is generally higher than I like to spend for my family – more because my overeager toddlers sometimes waste a lot of personal products before I can stop them…like shampooing their babies or squeezing out extra toothpaste. So far though, I’ve been happy enough with this sunscreen that they price would not deter me from buying more. In fact, we went through our free tube and I bought some more to get us through the rest of summer.

Looking for a new sunscreen that is luxurious, gets the job done, is all natural, and actually rubs in? I highly recommend California Naturel’s All Natural Sunscreen SPF 30.

California Naturel