Published on April 18th, 2011 | by Julie Finn


Five DIY Travel Toys Guaranteed to Make Your Trip More Bearable

D.I.Y. travel felt setMy girls and I are leaving on a road trip this weekend.

Yep, it’s one adult, two little kids, and sixteen hours of driving in two days.

I do have one crate full of educational DVDs, another crate full of picture books, and a third crate full of healthy snacks to constantly pass around, but little kids, especially when they’re just sitting still for long periods, have to have something to do with their hands. And if that something is new to them, engages their minds, and can be played with creatively, then they’ll stick with it just that much longer before they toss it aside and beg for something else to do.

With that in mind, check out these five DIY travel toy projects that inspired our own stash of handmade travel toys for this trip, and let them inspire you to make your own upcoming road trips a little less miserable a lot more fun:

travel felt play set
I have made my daughters a lot of these portable felt play sets over the years, and even Willow, at the ripe old age of nearly seven, still enjoys them.

The trick is to make the play set around whatever obsession your kiddo currently enjoys. Kid loves dinosaurs? Make a dino felt set. Kid loves trains? Make a train set! Kid loves Beyblades? Figure out what they are, and then make them a felt Beyblades set!

The fabric that backs the felt in this set is also a great place for some stash-busting.

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I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.

One Response to Five DIY Travel Toys Guaranteed to Make Your Trip More Bearable

  1. Hi,
    I live in USA. Yes It become quite difficult to control kids in long trips. Well idea of travel toys is amazing. Where can I grab these toys..? Any website recommended..???

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