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DIY Whiteboard Busy Bag Kids Travel Kit

Traveling with kids is extremely difficult.  There are the bathroom breaks, the "Are we there yet"s, the bickering, the whining...sometimes a 6 hour drive with a car-ful of children is one of the toughest forms of self-torture there is.  Travel with children doesn't need to be a torture chamber on wheels, though!  We made this DIY white board travel kit for those moments when the kids need an activity to keep them occupied for miles and miles of highway.  They can draw, write, practice letter and number formation, and wipe it off and start over.  Kids will love having their own private "space" during a long flight or car trip as they work and play with their travel white board set.

DIY Whiteboard dry erase board kit for travelling with kids. Practice letters, numbers, math, handwriting, and drawing while on long car trips or flights.



Traveling with Kids: Keeping the Kids Busy!


We're including affiliate links in this post for convenience.  This white board was easy to put together.  We used a plastic pencil box to create the kit.  I cut a piece of 
white board to fit the top section of the pencil box. One one side of the white board rectangle, I wrote out the alphabet and numbers 1-10 with a permanent marker . I chose the alphabet and numbers for my kids' needs. We could use the lower case letters for handwriting practice for my 5 year old. The number line would be great for subtracting for my 7 year old. My youngest (3 years old) could circle the numbers and letters as she worked on number identification and letter identification. You can customize your whiteboard as your child needs. I am in the process of creating another whiteboard with the cursive alphabet as my daughter has recently expressed an interest in learning to write the cursive letters. I decided to leave the reverse side blank for full drawing and writing space. Once you've figured out what you want to write on the board, cover it with clear contact paper . Simply lay the contact paper over one side and fold it over the other side. Trim the edges and your whiteboard is done! In the lower compartment, I added a dry erase marker and a bit of paper felt for erasing. You will want to get a dry erase marker with a fine tip or ultra fine tip for more legibility when writing and drawing.

DIY Whiteboard dry erase board kit for travelling with kids. Practice letters, numbers, math, handwriting, and drawing while on long car trips or flights.

I also added a handful of mini craft sticks. We received these from our friends at www.craftprojectideas.com.  The small size is perfect for fitting into the travel box.  I used the permanent marker to write on the craft sticks.  I wrote things like sight words, open ended questions, and math problems.  Children can pull out a craft stick and write sentences, complete math problems, or even trace the words.  I wrapped a piece of clear contact paper around the craft sticks so that my oldest could make her own words and sentences using the dry erase marker.  This travel kit will come in handy on our next long car ride, and it's already a hit right here at home!  

Busy Bags for little travellers

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
My Busy Book for Travel // Powerful Mothering
Tic Tac Toe Busy Bag // The Pleasantest Thing
Color Road Sign Match Up Activity // Mommy Needs a Coffee Break
Free Airport Scavenger Hunt //Playdough to Plato
Magnetic Buttons Busy Bag // Teach Me Mommy
Yellow Car Game // Adventures of Adam
Wheel Letter Match Busy Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Transportation Memory Game // Itsy Bitsy Fun
DIY Travel Busy Bag for Early Writing // The Educators' Spin On It
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Healthy Snacks Flower Themed Foods Kids Love

Cute food ideas for kids don't have to be extravagant or time consuming.  This mama sure doesn't have time for that!  Sometimes (and I don't mean daily...I'm talking about occasionally.  Most days, are slap-a-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich-on-a-plate days.) A sweet surprise on the lunch plate can bring a smile to your child's face and make a gloomy day look a little brighter.  These flower themed healthy snacks are fun and super easy.  I love to put a plate like these on the table for snack time or right in the middle of lunch.  The healthy treat makes the kids cheer!


flower snack ideas for kids!  These are the cutest flower themed snack ideas.  6 easy ideas for cute food for kids.


Healthy Flower themed Snacks for Kids


flower snack ideas for kids!  These are the cutest flower themed snack ideas.  6 easy ideas for cute food for kids.

6 healthy flower themed foods for kids:

Beet slices flower snack- Use a flower shaped cookie cutter to cut beet slices (or other soft fruit/veggies: pineapple, apples, thin potatoes...

Mandarin orange flower- Peel an orange and open one end.  Add celery for a stem.

Orange with flair-  Add a grape tomato to the center of your orange to add a little color.  Other fruits could also be arranged into a flower shape: apple, pear, and banana slices would work.

Dried cranberry mini flowers- Arrange cranberries (or raisins) into petal shapes.  Add chickpeas for a center to each flower.

Tulip cucumbers- Cut a jagged line into cucumber slices.  Add a piece of the peel for stems for each flower.

Flower art-  Get the kids involved in this one!  Provide carrots, broccoli, red peppers, grape tomatoes and create a flower design as a family.  Enjoy!

Make today special with a little bit of healthy flower fun!  While you're at it, make a few flower crafts: 

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Salt Dough Recipe Made with Crayons

 If you've been following us for a while, you know that we have a small love of homemade play dough.  (And by small, I mean huge).  Not only that, we have a tendency to melt down crayons and create bold, bright, and beautifully soft crayon play dough.  We've made metallic sparkly crayon play dough and dough with every shade of red crayon that there is.  We've even melted down crayons and made crayon floam dough for a super fun sensory dough.  Today, we're sharing our latest crayon experiment:   Crayon Salt Dough!  This salt dough recipe is tinted with the wax of crayons, giving it a bright and bold hue.  So, HOW do you make salt dough with crayons?  Read on!
How do you make colored salt dough? Use melted crayons for the brightest and softed sensory play dough salt dough recipe there is! Kids will love to use this colored salt dough to make ornaments, manipulatives, and creative play items, all with crayon salt dough!

How to make salt dough dyed with bright and bold colors of Crayons?  


to make our Crayon Salt Dough, we used portions of our crayon play dough technique.  I'm including affiliate links for some items you may need to purchase to make this Crayon Salt Dough.  

We used a few materials in this sensory dough recipe:

2-3 chopped crayons crayons (This is the tried and true brand that works for all the crayon doughs that we've made.) I say 2-3 because we used broken crayons that have seen their days of coloring book fame gone.  In other words, they are the bits and pieces of crayons that are floating around the bottom of the crayon bin.  I've found that a difference of 2 or 3 crayons does not matter all that much when it comes to bright and vivid colors you will get from using crayons to dye play dough or salt dough.
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup salt
2 cups flour
1 cup water

Now, when we made our salt dough, we made a few different colors.  So, instead of using the measurements above, I had the kids measure out all of the ingredients and then divide the dry ingredients into three different bowls.  I then made three batches of salt dough.  You could do the same to make a few different colors...and with a huge box of gorgeous crayons, you'll probably want a few different bright and beautiful colors.  I will describe the instructions on making just one batch of crayon salt dough so that measurements are not confused.

How do you make colored salt dough? Use melted crayons for the brightest and softed sensory play dough salt dough recipe there is! Kids will love to use this colored salt dough to make ornaments, manipulatives, and creative play items, all with crayon salt dough!

Crayon Salt Dough Recipe

Prepare the dry ingredients:  Mix together in a bowl, the 1 cup salt and 2 cups flour.  Set the dry ingredients aside.  Peel the wrapper from and chop up the 2-3 crayons.  Pour the 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil into a sauce pan.  We found the cheapest sauce pan that we could and use it for all of our kitchen experiments.  (i.e. I would not use it for cooking actual food!)  Turn on the burner and add the chopped crayon to the oil.  Do not let the oil heat up too much!  Stir while adding 1 cup of water.  Continue stirring and slowly add in the dry mixture.  Stir until the dough begins to lump together.  Dump out onto parchment paper or other surface.  Allow the dough to cool to touch.  Knead the dough until smooth.  Then knead a little more.  If the dough is too sticky, add a bit more flour in 1/4 cup increments.

How do you make colored salt dough? Use melted crayons for the brightest and softed sensory play dough salt dough recipe there is! Kids will love to use this colored salt dough to make ornaments, manipulatives, and creative play items, all with crayon salt dough!

Start to play!

How do you make colored salt dough? Use melted crayons for the brightest and softed sensory play dough salt dough recipe there is! Kids will love to use this colored salt dough to make ornaments, manipulatives, and creative play items, all with crayon salt dough!

We used our dough to create number manipulatives using number cookie cutters.  They are still drying, but we have big plans for these cuties!  Be sure to stop back soon to see how we're using them in all kinds of counting and ordering games.  We let these cut outs dry for several days on wax paper.  I was hesitant to try slow heating them in the oven like a typical salt dough recipe because of the wax content.  I like my oven a little too much for that experiment!

This post is part of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Series.  See what the other bloggers have made with salt dough: 

Galaxy Salt Dough | Lemon Lime Adventures
Salt Dough Memories | Study at Home Mama
Scented Salt Dough Pendants | Raising Lifelong Learners
Salt Dough Seashells | Creative World of Varya
Salt Dough Flowers | Wildflower Ramblings
Salt Dough Coprolites | Preschool Powol Packets
Watermelon salt dough recipe| Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tail
Microwave Salt Dough | In The Playroom

Nature Printing with Salt Dough | Squiggles and Bubbles

You may want to see our other Crayon Dough Recipes:

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Butterfly Life Cycle Crafts Activities

Butterflies are on our brain right now.  We're patiently waiting for the postman to drop off our batch of caterpillars that will be a part of our family for a little while as we watch thier development through the butterfly life cycle.  The kids received a (and this is an affiliate link...) Live Butterfly Garden as a Christmas gift this year and we are SO excited to watch the butterfly life cycle.  One of the link ups in this week's Share It Saturday was this Butterfly Life Cycle sensory play from Fun-a-Day for Pre-K Pages and we decided to look for more butterfly life cycle crafts and activities to go along with our butterfly garden.  We can't wait to watch our new family members grow and develop and do a few butterfly life cycle activities as well!  (I can't get over the cuteness of that Lego butterfly life cycle below!)

Creative butterfly life cycle crafts and activities for kids


Butterfly Life Cycle Crafts and Activities


Butterfly Life Cycle craft from Buggy and Buddy
Lego Butterfly Life Cycle from Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Butterfly Life Cycle Cup from Teaching Mama
Butterfly Life Cycle Necklace from Fun-a-Day

And finish up the life cycle play and learning with a Butterfly cupcake liner craft from us!

Check out who the other hosts are featuring today:



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Bow Stamp Art Flower Craft

Our recent Painting with Pinwheel art was such a hit that we had to try another stamp art activity.  We made this gift bow flower stamp art craft in honor of a special little one in our house who is celebrating her first birthday.  Using the gift bows as a stamp made the cutest flower art.  This craft is perfect for preschoolers (and kids of all ages) when making flower art!  I think it would make a pretty special DIY birthday paper wrapping too!

Make flower art using a gift bow to stamp! Cute idea for a flower craft or DIY wrapping paper.


To make your Gift Bow Flower Art:


Pick up just a few materials.  We're including affiliate links for your convience here.  You'll need 
paint (LOVE this brand!) poured onto a plate or into bowls.  Grab a handful of gift bows and start stamping!


Preschoolers love this craft for it's easy art creation and it's such a fun and easy process art activity.  There is no right or wrong way to make the flowers.  When you're satisfied with the flowers, take a swipe of green paint and make a few stems.  Our flower art decorated the dining room for a few days.   Maybe we'll make a roll of DIY wrapping paper the next time around!

Let us know if you make this creative art project.  You'll find lots more creative art painting ideas on our Creative Painting Pinterest board.  Be sure to follow us there! 


More creative stamp art you might enjoy:

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Use a Marble Run on the Water Table Sensory Play


Recently, we posted an image on our instagram page of an outdoor sensory play activity.  We pulled out our marble run toy and the water table for sensory and fine motor fun.  This was such a hit on a hot day that we have played with the marble run and the water table many more times since.  We wanted to share the fun with you!

Water table activity for kids: use a marble run and water beads for scooping and pouring fine motor and sensory fun this summer!


Use the marble run toy on the water table with waterbeads!

 We're including affiliate links for our convenience.  We love our marble run (this is the one we have and I love it because it's not too difficult that my kids can't build runs themselves, but it does include a lot of different pieces.)  We pulled it out one hot day and placed it in our
water table with water and some expanded water beads.  If you've never played with water beads before, these are a sensory must!  The small beads are perfect for sensory play and go right down the shoots of the water table.  We poured, scooped, and dumped water and water beads down the shoots and ramps and watched the beads pile up at the bottom of the marble run.

This sensory play activity was not only perfect summer fun on a hot day, it was a great fine motor and eye-hand coordination activity for preschoolers.  

Water table activity for kids: use a marble run and water beads for scooping and pouring fine motor and sensory fun this summer!

Looking for more water table activities?  Try these: 
Painting toys
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