It's vacation time again and I feel compelled to document some travel ideas I've been working on for this years trip. Traveling with kids is stressful and traveling with 7 kids while on a budget and trying to relax is downright impossible without some significant planning. So, I figured I'd hit some high points in my packing tips at the beginning of the summer for anyone out there wanting new or fresh ideas for ways to be frugal, pack light, or be prepared for anything.
I'll start my series of traveling with kids posts with a fun couple of cheap and small ways to entertain children that are great for trips.
At the sale I found this box of regular Prismacolor colored pencils. Those of you in the art world know that these are really nice. $1 for the set! I also picked up this cute little blue pouch for 50 cents knowing it would come in handy for something. I wanted to stretch the pencils a little for my larger quantity of people so I took each pencil and cut it in half with a bread knife and sharpened each half. That gave me two sets of nice mini pencils and with a small white pad creates a perfect way for kids to color a picture in the car or during a rainy day. I think a white post-it note pad could be awesome with this idea as well. They would be able to easily hang their artwork on the car window or in your hotel room or cabin, or wherever. The small tin that houses the other pencils was some random little metal tin I had laying around, but I was quite tickles at how well the pencils fit inside. So, these are going in a couple of car bags for my kiddos next week.
So, those are some of the little things that are going along to keep things fun this year. I'd love to hear from you! What things keep your kids entertained while they are waiting, riding, or resting?