Busy families spend a lot of time in the car once school is back in session. Whether carpooling to and from school, heading to after-school lessons and practices, or in the car heading to the latest sports game, keeping the kids entertained in the car is important! DIY travel activities are a great way to keep things in the car for your kids to do whenever you’re on the road!
DIY Travel Activities for Kids
As a busy mom, I like to be prepared to keep my kids happy. I’m really good at making sure we have enough snacks and even a change of clothes. Recently, Weston pointed out to me that he only had the DVD player in the car. No toys to play with or books to read! To be honest, they are usually content with the DVD player but I’m more than happy to offer other options for keeping them entertained while we’re en route!
Books are always great to keep stashed away in the pockets in the back of the seat but we like to keep a few extra things as well!
So here are a few of the DIY travel activities that we’ve added to the things I keep in the car for when we’re on the go!
Whether we’re driving across town or hitting the road on a weekend road trip to get away from it all during the school year, Weston is always a huge fan of playing games in the car. He loves when I let him have a pencil and a copy of our Printable Road Trip Bingo board to play as we drive. He plays by his own rules and tries to spot as many items on the board as he can while we drive. Sometimes I challenge him to a certain number by the time we arrive at our destination!
Another easy DIY project I made for the car was this artist box. Over the past few months, Weston has really gotten into drawing and is always wanting to take his art supplies in the car with him. I quickly figured out that colored pencils are the best for the car because they don’t melt in the heat. Even the washable markers scared me a bit so colored pencils were the clear choice.
They fit great in a pencil box with some sticky note pads. Now he always has some drawing supplies on hand when we’re out and about! This box works great in the car but it also travels well outside the car, so it’s great for taking into restaurants or even at hotels when you’re traveling!
Block Building Book
Weston’s other favorite thing to do is build. He’d probably build all day long if I let him. But it gets tricky when we need to get in the car. Without a surface to build on, blocks seem to end up everywhere when he brings them in the car with him. So, with a few affordable supplies, we put together a notebook with building supplies in it. He can tuck it in the pocket on the back of the seat and is always prepared to do some building when we’re on the road!
By finding simple ways to bring favorite hobbies and activities with us in the car, keeping everyone happy on the way to school has been easy! I can’t wait to put these DIY travel activities into practice this year as we drive to swim lessons, gym class, and baseball practice!