Children get bored during long summer car trips so give them something fun to do. This activity box takes the entertainment on the road. Your children will stay occupied, making the trip more enjoyable for all. Let older children provide some input regarding the supplies to include in their boxes.
You will need:
• Hard metal or plastic box (approximately the same size as a lunch box, handle preferred)
• Spray or chalkboard paint
• White contact paper
• Felt clings
• Hot glue gun (optional)
• Chalk, dry erase markers, felt cloth, washable markers, damp cloth, small toys, stickers, window clings, and other activities based on age and interests of child
Step 1: Use a plastic or metal box, preferably with a handle to make carrying easy. A box about the same size as a lunch box is ideal. A larger box will provide more activity space but the container should fit on the lap of the child. If the box is metal, you can include magnet activities.
Step 2: Designate one of the flat exterior surfaces of the box as a chalkboard. Apply the chalkboard paint to the surface according to the manufacturer instructions. You may need to apply multiple layers of paint. Cover the dried paint with chalk and wipe this clean to prime the surface. Some fabric stores sell PVC vinyl material featuring a chalkboard surface so explore this alternative.
Step 3: Affix the white contact paper to the other flat exterior surface of the box. This creates a drawing surface for dry erase markers that can be wiped off with a felt cloth. Washable markers can be used and wiped off with a damp cloth. Children will also have fun creating scenes with stickers and window clings. If you use a metal box, beginning spellers can use alphabet letter magnets to practice their skills on this surface.
Step 4: Personalize and decorate other areas on the outside of the box with paint or permanent markers. Paint figures and designs that the child likes and accent the box with stickers.
Step 5: Open the box and create a felt board that is removable or glued to the interior of the box with a hot glue gun. Cut two pieces of cardboard to the dimensions of the box interior. Wrap a piece of felt around one of the cardboard pieces and glue the felt to the back of the cardboard. Let this dry and glue
the second piece of cardboard onto the back of the other piece to cover the felt edges. Add felt clings or make your own.
Step 6: Fill the box with markers, stickers, clings, chalk, crayons, colored pencils, paper, songbooks, activity books, and games like travel bingo.