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Monday, June 25, 2012

{clipboards + wipes cases = easy coloring kits for kids}

Our family will be getting on a plane this week and flying to our new home!  It will also be the first time that all seven of us will fly together, and with four little ones, I've been trying to think of different ways I can keep them all occupied for the trip.  

One of the things that I've always had in our church quiet bag is a clipboard or two.  I love them for kids, because they fit perfectly in their laps, give them a hard surface to write on, and keeps their paper or coloring page still and in one place.  

As I was brainstorming ideas, I realized that a clipboard for each of their backpacks would be perfect, and then I could stick them in our church bag after we arrived.  Next step...something to color with!  I love using an empty wipes case to keep crayons or colored pencils in. They are just the right size, and it's so easy to have one for each child (plus, it cuts down on any arguing over them). Add the clipboards and wipes cases together, and you've got easy coloring kits for kids!  

These are great for any kind of travel, and are super cheap to put together. I bought clipboards at a local retail store for $1.50 each, and the wipes cases were $1 at Walmart.  My kids love the Twistables colored pencils by Crayola, and two packs was easily split between the four of them.  For under $5 each, I made four new kits.  The wipes cases are perfect for diaper bags, purses, and bags, and clipboards can be used in the car, airplane, church, and more!  

You guys know that I'm crazy for monograms, and to make sure that each child could tell which one belonged to them, I added their initials in vinyl that I cut on my Silhouette.  If you don't have one, not to worry--you could easily use stickers. You could also print out their name on cardstock, mat it on scrapbook paper, and mod podge it on.

We like using regular copy paper to color on, but anything will work---lined paper, coloring pages, etc.

If you would rather use crayons, they fit perfectly in the other direction...

Now I just need 42 bags of fruit snacks, and we're set.  ☺


Blogger Amanda Masters said...

I just love this idea! The clip board is perfect as a hard surface doodling on. I'm sure these will make the flight just a little bit easier.

June 25, 2012 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Dawn said...

Great idea! So simple, but so cute!

June 25, 2012 at 6:32 AM  
Blogger Tracy - {CraftJunkieToo} said...

Great idea! Hope you all have a safe trip.

June 25, 2012 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger sip-n-wear said...

how organized and fun!!!

June 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

I am so doing this! What a fun idea!

June 25, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Whitney & McKayla said...

So fun! I buy empty wipes cases at dollar stores then cover them with batting, fabric, ribbon, etc. to give as baby gifts; this would be a great gift for the older sibling(s).

June 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

So smart! I love clipboards, too, and reusing the wipe cases is awesome!

June 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM  
Blogger Doreen said...

Great idea! I absolutely love clipboards, especially altered ones with coordinating items.

June 25, 2012 at 3:11 PM  
Blogger MommaGott said...

What a great idea...I love it and am defintely using this for my 2 boys for long car rides! Thanks for posting this!

June 25, 2012 at 3:54 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

I'll be doing this for my grandkids for their car ride to Florida from Maryland. Great idea!

June 26, 2012 at 2:47 PM  
Blogger Meredith @ Wait Til Your Father Gets Home said...

Brilliant idea (as usual). I hope your move goes well and your kiddos stay entertained on the flight :o)

I'm featuring you today on Favorite Pins Friday!

June 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Danielle (HeadedForTheFuture) said...

Love this! I am going to make these for my three girls before our trip next week! Thank you so much!

June 30, 2012 at 10:21 AM  
Blogger npalacios281 said...

super cool!!! Going to add a strip of velcro to the back of the clipboard. Make it easier for the little ones to carry :)

July 5, 2012 at 9:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea! I just bought my munchkin her first set of crayons today and was wondering where I was going to keep them for travel between my house and gparents house. Amazing reuse of the wipes case which I have too many of! I guess I can cross ziplock bags out out of my next grocery list! :)

July 27, 2012 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

LOVE this idea! It's perfect for my kids since they love to color. Thank you for sharing this.
Also, what font did you use for letters on each clipboard?

Many Thanks!

August 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM  

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