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
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
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
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
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!
This post originally published on Crazy Domestic in 2011