Road Trip Travel Trays

Road Trip Tray 1

My kids are only 3.5 and 2 years old, and they don’t quite play most travel games yet, so in order to keep them busy on our road trips, I made some Road Trip Travel Trays!

I picked up two cookies sheets at the dollar store and spray painted them with Krylon Chalk Board paint- super simple! I love these trays because they are fun and multi-functional- let me show you a bunch of different options:

Option 1: A COLORING TRAY

Road Trip Tray 2

I got some clamp magnets at the dollar store. The crayon holder is actually a note card holder I picked up on clearance at Walmart for .75¢. I just hot glued some magnets onto the back of the “crayon case” to help it stay put. Traditional coloring pages don’t fit, so I trimmed some down and brought some plain white paper to color on.

Option 2: A RACE TRACK FOR CARS

Road Trip Tray 3

My little boy is in LOVE with cars, so this was a good option for him, I just colored the track on with chalk and brought along a few of his favorite cars to use.

Option 3: A TRADITIONAL CHALK BOARD

Road Trip Tray 4

I did the same thing with the chalk as I did with the crayons and hot glued magnets on the back to help them stay on the tray. I just brought some soft rags to wipe them clean.

Option 4: A MAGNET BOARD

Road Trip Tray 5

Bring along number and letter magnets, paper doll magnets, laminated shapes to match, you name it! My kids are always playing with the magnets on the fridge, this just made it portable!

Option 5: SNACK AND DRINK TRAYS!

No picture of this, but these trays help keep SOME of the mess off the floor!

One of the best parts about these trays is that when you are done using them, you can just stack them up and slide them right under the seats!

Happy Travels!!!Road-Trip-Tray-1-600x428

This post originally published on Crazy Domestic in 2011

Comments

  1. 1

    These are so cute and so creative!!!!

  2. 2

    I love this! I am totally duplicating this for my kids before our road trip this summer. What fabulous ideas, and so easy to do. My daughter and son will love this, and so will mom and dad!

  3. 3
    Crystal & Co says:

    Brilliant Love it and sharing a link to this with my Facebook readers.

  4. 4

    I absolutely love this idea! Right now my children have a portable dvd player for road trips but this is definitely fun, creative and seems inexpensive! Thank you so much for sharing this! I love your blog :)

  5. 5

    Okay it’s official.. you’re a genius!! And a mom-saver!! :D
    I LOVE this idea so much. My little man is 4 and is always SO bored in the car! Heading to the dollar store tonight!

  6. 6

    This is a fabulous idea! I can see these being used every time we get in the car!

  7. 7

    What a fantastic idea!!

  8. 8
    Jessica Burgess says:

    I absolutely love this idea! We are getting ready to drive to Arizona in July 1300 miles. This would be great for all 4 of my children. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

  9. 9

    You’re a genius!

  10. 10

    We have a long trip planned the end of June, first of July with 5 kids. I’m collecting travel game/activity ideas and absolutely love this one! Thank you for sharing.

  11. 11

    We featured this today! http://bit.ly/otQO6G Such a brilliant idea :) Thank you!

  12. 12

    Loved the idea of using chalk paint.Multipurpose..my boy is in cars too and i think he will love racing the car around.I also loved the fact that you added magnet at the bottom of the crayon box it came in,one less thing buy,very resourceful.It will come handy in our 20 hr car trip in less then a month,we are having.

  13. 13

    Super cool ideas here.

  14. 14

    Where did you get your magnets?

  15. 15

    We always take cookie sheets in the car with us — love how they just slide under the seats, like you said!

    Pinning this one!

  16. 16

    This is just adorable!

  17. 17

    oh my gosh! I did the same thing with one of my old cookie sheets last year! My 4 year old loves it! I have a regular sized one that is bigger than the dollar store ones, and it lays perfectly over their car seats. So much fun! It has saved us on so many occasions!

  18. 18

    Oh I love it! It could be used so many other places too. Church, hotels, restaurants. Great great great.

  19. 19

    I did this and for some reason the chalk is not working on the chalkboard paint. Did I do something wrong or miss a step? I just spray painted the cookie pans with the chalkboard paint and let them dry for a couple of days.

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