We are a camping family – and this means that we spend some time all cooped up in the truck together, headed to whatever campsite we’ve chosen. And while it is fun to sing songs and play “not-touching-can’t-get-mad” with your sister, sometimes it’s nice for Mom and Dad to have a few distractions for the hollering kids in the back seat. Using just a thrifted baking pan (this is a pizza pan, but any relatively clean metal pan will do) and some craft supplies, I was able to whip up three quick and easy road trip games for kids of all ages.
To make these road trip games, you will need:
- Metal Baking Pan (test to see if it’s magnetic)
- Washi Tape
- Stickers (I chose the farm animals and hearts for this series)
- Adhesive Magnet Backing
- Chalk Pen (and damp cloth for wiping)
I gathered my supplies and got to work. When I was choosing my stickers, I thought about things that would be readily seen on our road trips. The farm animals quickly leapt out to me.
I placed the stickers onto magnets (it would be fantastic to laminate these stickers, too, if you have a laminator in your craft stash), and then placed them onto the baking sheet. Most baking sheets are magnetic, which makes them a great thrifted find for magnetic road trip games.
Using washi tape to create two sections on the pan, I placed all of the animals onto one side of the pan. As animals are spotted outside of the window, your kidlet can move that animal magnet onto the other side of the tape. You can set a goal for a certain amount of animals – or all of them – for the ride.
Adding a washi tape Tic-Tac-Toe board to one side of the pan, and then heart stickers on magnets to the other, can create hours of Tic-Tac-Toe fun in the back of the car. If you have little ones like I do – 4 and 6 – it’s definitely possible for this to become a roadtrip addiction!
A great discovery I made was the fact that baking pans can be written on – and wiped clean – of chalk marker! Play hangman, draw pictures, write your own mad-libs, and just wipe the surface clean with a damp cloth.
Who knew that an unused pizza pan would be so much fun! If you’re planning a roadtrip this summer, grab some washi tape, magnets, and a chalkboard marker – and don’t forget the baking pan – and you’ve got lots of fun road trip games to keep the kids busy!
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Tara is the creator, writer, and flurry of chaos behind her blog, Suburble. Her blog focuses on making a home (emphasis on “making!”), but not forgetting to have a laugh in the process. Her partners-in-crime, her two little girls, are often beside her when it’s time to get creative. A mug of tea, good friends, and a project (or three) are all this girl needs. Join the gang at Suburble and see what we’re up to!