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DIY Magnetic Trays with Chalkboard Surface

This blog article was originally posted on my first blog In Our Pond.  I started out trying to put all my travel content on my homeschooling blog, but it grew to be too big.  So, I'm moving all the road trip stuff over here!  It'll probably take me a while to move all the posts, but I'll also be posting new content on here as well.  In Our Pond will now be exclusively for homeschooling and parenting content, while this blog (Party Through the USA) is for all the family travel posts.  Check them both out!

Today's Travel Time Tuesday idea is not very original.  You don't have to look very long on Pinterest before you see a dollar store cookie sheet used as a lapboard in the car.  After studying all the options, I've come up with my own version.

As you can see, the big difference in my boards and the ones you'll find on Pinterest is the addition of the duct tape.  The green, pink, and blue borders correspond to my kids "assigned" colors.  The other difference is that the chalkboard part of the boards is made out of contact paper.  The boards, duct tape, and chalkboard paper were pretty cheap, and I still have duct tape and contact paper left for future projects.  The contact paper was very easy to cut and place on the board, and the duct tape should make it a little less appealing for picking (hopefully).  I really like the look of them- so cheery and fun.  I still need to add a chalk holder.

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I decided to add this early Travel Time Tuesday post onto this one since it seems a bit short to merit it's own blog post.  It's a reminder of how far I've come as a blogger, too.

Last Tuesday, I started a new series called "Travel Time Tuesday," where I'm planning to document all the preparations we're making for our summer road trip.  Today's TTT is going to be very simple.  This car busy bag is specifically for Tadpole (2.5), but will probably be coveted and enjoyed by Skimmer as well.  The beauty of this busy bag is that it's all assembly and no crafting, so anyone can do it.

Last year, I bought a box of Jurassic World matchbox cars on clearance.  The box had five "adventure-themed" cars in it.  I horded the cars, not sure when I was going to use them.  Then, this week, I found a car-themed pencil bag on clearance.  It was the perfect size to hold all five cars.  I know Tadpole will enjoy zipping and unzipping the bag, taking the cars in and out, and playing with them in the car and hotels.


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