Dot to Dot

One of my new favorite stores is the Dollar Tree. I am usually not a fan of cheap stuff. Typically the phrase, “you get what you pay for” is true. However, what if you want I give your kids an experience but can’t afford the best version of whatever it is ($6 vs. $15) you need? Would you rather have the cheaper version or nothing at all? The Dollar Tree has proved to be good for craft items, positive reinforcement, etc. I was excited to be able to get these markers for several fun activities I’m finding on Pinterest. {keyword search: dot marker activities, bingo markers, dot markers, etc.}. Lots and lots of dots…and potential.

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Ready, Set, Go!

We have a business convention this weekend. Typically, the kids get a weekend with their grandparents while we go. This time, they are coming on the nine hour drive to Louisville, Kentucky with us. Road Trip!

About four days ago, I woke up and realized that all of us would be in the minivan for that long, all at the same time. I needed to get on the ball. I went directly to Pinterest, created a “Road Trip” board, and found a few really great blogs/websites with ideas that were right on the money.
{Random Thoughts of a Supermom}
{Kid World Citizen}
{Mom’s Minivan}
I took ideas from here and there, directly copying and improvising.

I made each of the kids a basket with a name badge on the front:

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I chose a basic font and printed their names onto fun scrapbooking paper, trimmed it up, and slid it into the badge holder. Easy Peasy!

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The baskets were from the Dollar Tree. Love it!
I added items that we already owned like coloring books, markers, and sunglasses. I bought a Mad Libs pad and the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas.

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I also liked the idea of magnets on pizza pans. I found a the pans and a few little magnet sets at the Dollar Tree, but sets at other stores were too expensive, so I decided to make my own using felt and foamy items from Michael’s and magnet tape strips.

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Other things I packed that didn’t cost a dime:
Library books/books on CD
Games (Spot It is SO fun!)
DVD’s

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The last thing I put together was a Road Trip fun book, basically a brain jogger when anyone gets a little board.

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(All of these pages are in sheet protectors which can be drawn or written on with dry-erase markers, wiped off, and reused.)

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So, we’re all packed up!

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Ready, set, go!

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(I’ll definitely report back on how everything went. I know many folks are thinking ahead to the summer months and travel. I hope this may help someone in their planning. If anyone would like to share ideas that have worked on their road trips, I’d love to hear from you.)