Monday, May 11, 2015

Traveling Toddler Activity Book

I love my energetic and high spirited little boy!! It surprises me how much his little brain is eager to soak up and learn. He constantly wants to go, go, go and learn, learn, learn!

Once a month we make a 6 hour round trip for my husbands schooling. We also have several trips planned for this summer including a 7 hour plane ride and a 2,100 mile RV road trip! (Both without Daddy!!) Sitting in the car is always the hardest time to keep his energy occupied. And I hate letting him play on the tablet and watch movies the whole time.

I recently came across Dry Erase Crayons. Which I think are an amazing invention because there is no way I want to give my almost 3 year old a marker. Finding these is what sparked my inspiration for this book.

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I chose several different activities that I knew my toddler would enjoy. There are dozens of activity, math, and learning pages out there that can be printed and used as well. The wonderful thing is that you can add and take away pages with ease as your childs interests change and grow. I used my Cricut Expression 2 to cut all the shapes and words. There are dozens of cartridges such as Create a Critter50 States, Cursive 101Word Builder's, or Speaking of School. To the back of the book I have added simple page protectors that I can use to rotate through coloring pages, but that while traveling can just be "erased" and recolored.

Here are a few of the other interactive pages:

Shape and color matching




Counting and number tracing




Practice writing your name




Small word and picture matching



Building block shapes and creations




Popsicle stick puzzles



I used velcro circles for all these pages. The page options are really endless. I simply used contact paper to laminate my pages because I already had some on hand but you can easy use Self-Adhesive Laminating Sheets. I hope that I have inspired you to create something amazing and would LOVE to hear your ideas so that I can continue to add to my son's book. Thanks for letting me share!










15 comments:

  1. This is really cute! I like that you can add pages when if you think if another activity. What about matching capital letters to their lower case?

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    1. That is a great idea Holly! Thanks for your input

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  2. Wow, this is what I need! You've given me an idea on how I can make my children busy while developing their skills.

    Thanks a lot and keep on sharing! :-)

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  3. I adore this idea! My girls are terrible in the car but this would probably really keep them entertained!

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  4. What a great, creative idea! It's so sweet that you put so much effort into an activity for your little one!
    Thanks so very much for sharing with me for Something to Talk About!
    Karen

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  5. Great Idea! When I have kids I'll have to keep this in mind!

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  6. Nice work! I can see how I could even tailor this for my older kids. AWESOME! Hope you enjoy your travels this summer.

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  7. Hi, I love these ideas! You can check out my Board in Pinterest, I have similar activities found from other Pinterest users that you can use for inspiration as well :)
    https://www.pinterest.com/fmienmien/preschool-activitiesbusy-bags/

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  8. Super cute! Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm.. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing this with Awesome Things Tuesday last week! Come party with us again, we'd love to have you!

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  10. This is such a great idea! I've been wanting to make something similar to this for my daughter and have the velcro strips and felt all ready...just need to DO it! :) Thanks for the inspiration. :)

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  11. Super cute idea! We are road tripping it this summer and will have to make a couple of these. One of my kids favorite road trip games is bingo. I include pictures of things we'll see along the way, a train, stop sign, cow, semi, etc.

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  12. Wow! This is an awesome idea! Love how you put it together in a book. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/05/28/home-matters-linky-party-39/ :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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  13. Fantastic project, and wonderful to "meet" you on craft schooling sunday! The party has been on vacation as I was on vacation for a glorious month, but it will be back on this week, so hope to see you there!

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  14. love it! Craft Schooling Sunday will be back on this week (after a month vacation) and I hope to see you there!

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