Make a chalkboard activity tray
Paint a spare, clean baking tray with chalkboard paint. Once dry, give it to the kids, along with some coloured chalk and a small cloth, for the perfect little play set that will keep the mess all in one place. So long as you use a steel tray, fridge magnets will stick to it too.
How to make a DVD case colouring kit
This compact, portable colouring kit is ideal for travelling and easy to make from an old DVD case.
Just remove the inner plastic DVD holder (you may need a scalpel for this), and stick a pack of colouring pens or pencils to the inside of the case with strong glue. Slot in sheets of paper on the other side, then add a customised label for the case’s sleeve.
Create a marble maze from a shoebox lid
For a car-friendly version, skip the step where you cut out the entry and exit points, so the marble is contained and doesn’t disappear down the side of the seat! See how to make a marble maze
Whip up an “I Spy” rice bottle
A great sensory game for younger children; fill an old two-litre plastic bottle with dry rice and colourful objects like toys, beads and buttons, then shake it up. You could even create a checklist of the treasures inside the bottle and get the kids to cross off each item when they find it.
Activity ring binder
Avoid the repetitive "Are we there yet?" question and give the children a folder bursting with fun activities like word searches, car bingo, colouring-in pages, small books and other surprise goodies. Get the kids to customise their folder before they leave so there are no squabbles about who gets what. Download car bingo printable and download colouring in beach scene
Make a bento box snack station
Keep hunger pangs at bay with a homemade snack station. Fill cupcake cases with different treats such as vegetable crisps, dried fruit and sweets and place inside a lunch box for a makeshift bento box.
Use a cereal container as a car bin
Keep the car tidy and free of all those empty bottles and wrappers. It’s the perfect size to slot in the car and they won’t spill if they topple over – just pop a plastic bag inside and it’s good to go.
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