If your kids are anything like mine, they want to remain attached to their electronics on a road trip. Ultimately, 2 problems eventually come into play after hours spent staring at their screens:
1. Using your phone as a hotspot is eating your data like one of those ticket eating machines at Chuck E Cheese
2. Your kids 👀 begin to rot from staring at their screen and even they grow tired of using them.
So, what is a mom to do with hours left in the trip?! Pull our your customized travel binders. 😍
Travel binders are a great idea if you are traveling by car, plane, train or boat. Any kind of travel that requires your kids to sit still for a boring extended period of time and they are on a much needed electronic break.
If you are unsure what they are, here is a picture of a binder from Creative Connections for Kids.
I made travel binders last year for my kids and they were a huge hit. I set ours up the same way using the case that would clip into the rings of the binder. The nice thing about the travel binders is that you can tailor them for your individual child’s age or interests.
Creating them is a breeze! I promise. I am not a crafter. I actually don’t like it all all, so I wouldn’t consider this a crafty project. It’s super simple this is what you need:
1. Three ring binder for each child
2. Pencil case or bag that can clip inside the rings
3. Those plastic page protectors for 3 ring binders
4. Dry erase markers/cloth to wipe off pages
5. Pages you have printed and slipped into the page protectors.
Here are a few samples from the binders we still had hanging around:
At the time, my daughter was almost 9 and my boys were 6 so they had some of the same pages and some different ones. They could all play along with things like scavenger hunt pages, tic tac toe, word searches and road trip bingo. My daughter was old enough to follow along on maps of the trip, so hers held a few maps.
If you have older kids, try creating pop culture trivia sheets, or “guess the song” with just a few words from the lyrics. All kids love hangman-make a hangman sheet! You are really only limited by your imagination! Plus, there are literally DOZENS of sites that have the sheets you can download. I’ll list a few at the end.
I also picked up a few things at the Dollar Tree (my fav store! 😍) and Five Below and stuck them in there.
Tailor them for your individual kids and you’ll have a car full of happy people!
Living Well Mom She has over 150 downloadable forms and tons of great ideas!
Glue Sticks Blog This blog is an excellent source for travel binders! You must check this one out!