Gabe’s Travel Binder

I spent a good chunk of this morning planning ahead for our upcoming family trip to the beach. One of the things I was working on was getting Gabe’s travel binder together. I came up with the idea for this binder before our trip to England and it was such a success that we’ve since used it in waiting rooms, long car trips and any other occasion that might be boring for a three year old. We have the perfect binder – it’s durable and roomy and it can be closed up with zippers to keep things from spilling out all over the place. There are so many fun compartments in there that Gabe enjoys just playing with the binder itself, much less all the goodies inside! I put a glue stick, paint brush, safety scissors, crayon roll (more on this in a future post) and his special no-mess markers in the front section. Side note: we are so thankful to last year’s teacher, Mrs. Janel, for getting Gabe his first “Color Wonder” drawing pad and introducing us to the awesomeness of paints and markers that only work where you want them too! They can be a bit pricey, but I get them at the craft stores and use my 40% off coupons :).

On the inside of the binder I have lots of activities for him to do – some for the car and some for at our destination in case of a rainy day or during early morning quiet times so people (the lucky ones) can sleep in :).

Tips for Making a Kid’s Travel Binder:

  • Keep in mind what is fun for your child. I skipped coloring books, because Gabe’s not into them right now, but he’s crazy about dot-to-dot and mazes!
  • Only break out the binder once in a while, when truly needed – otherwise it won’t be exciting enough to keep your kid’s attention.
  • For us, it works best to keep the binder in our possession and dole out activities one at a time. This keeps things interesting, because each new activity is a surprise to look forward to! The added benefit is avoiding lots of spilled markers, papers, stickers, etc.

Can you tell I love the travel binder as much as Gabe does? If you have other ideas for how to make car trips fun for kids, please share! Unless it’s DVDs. . . we totally have that one covered already ;).

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8 responses to “Gabe’s Travel Binder

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  2. Mara April 24, 2010 at 12:20 am

    Excellent idea! Caleb loves mazes and dots also. Which beach are you going to?

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  4. Mom April 22, 2010 at 10:39 am

    What a life saver this is! You’re a great Mom.

    Love, Yours

  5. Rita April 21, 2010 at 5:40 am

    What a great idea! Wish I had been smart enough to think of that when my kids were younger! Thanks for sharing. I pray you have a blessed day.

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