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
- Dry erase crayons or pens
- Pouch for crayons or pens
- Some free printables from the web
Here are the steps:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Punch holes in your pages
- Add pages to binder
- 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.)
- Yay! You’re done!
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.