Road Trip with a Baking Pan

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I have Spring Break on the brain. It’s only a few weeks away. I was thinking about this as we were making our valentines last week. We were using one of these small baking sheets to contain our glittering efforts. As I looked at it I thought this could be the perfect thing to bring with us on a road trip to keep my four year old happy and maybe my eight year old as well.

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I decided to hot glue magnets to some crayons so that they will be held securely on the board while she colors. This size pan is perfect for holding a standard 8 1/2 by 11″ piece of paper with a little room left over for the magnetized crayons.

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I also realized that you can write on this type of tray that I have (it has a non-stick coating) with a dry erase marker and easily erase it away.

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This opens up lots of activity possibilities such as Hangman, Tic-Tac-Toe, and even Pictionary.

You could also magnetize a puzzle. It might be fun to use a map puzzle and showcase the states you will be traveling through.

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Or a small puzzle like this one for a younger child.

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I thought it would be helpful for younger children if you add knobs to the puzzle. This way they can more easily move the pieces around.

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Just take the pin out of the bottom of a thumb tack with a pair of needle nose pliers. I purchased these wooden thumb tacks at Wal-Mart a while back. I found that the pin came out fairly easily. Next you simply glue the thumb tack to the puzzle piece.
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It gives the puzzle piece a great handle just like the kind with the plastic handles you can buy in the store.

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When you are all ready to pack it in the car you can seal it with Press ‘n Seal and slide it in the back pocket of your seat. Then when they are ready for it all their stuff is sealed in the tray waiting for them. Of course, when they are done they can just seal it all back up! Ok, I know that part probably won’t happen but when you are done driving for the day YOU can seal it back up ready for the next days adventures!

So does your family have any favorite non-tech road trip activities? Please share!

3 thoughts on “Road Trip with a Baking Pan

  1. MC, you need to get a patent for this idea. It’s one of the best I’ve heard to keep small children entertained on a road trip. Keep up the creativity. Susie

  2. We always like to keep track of all the different state license plates we see along the way. When we took a roadtrip from Germany to Northern Italy we had Josh count all of the tunnels we went through. I think he counted close to 40. Mad Libs are fun in the car, but our family hasn’t done anything as crafty or clever as what you came up with in this post!

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