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Friday, June 8, 2018

Bananas! Our Minion Road Trip- a Summery

Our Minion Road Trip- a Summery // Party Through the USA // themed road trip // Minions // yellow // party // minion food // sensory bottle // i-spy bottle


I promised in the Minion planning post to update you after we got back from our trip and this is that post.  We went on a ten hour road trip to meet family for a camping trip.  It was a light trip compared to our twelve day one we have planned for later this summer, but it was a good tester to see how the other trip may go.  We were reminded once again that the children can NOT sit next to each other on long journeys (smile).  But, overall, the trip went very well.


Our Minion Road Trip- a Summery // Party Through the USA // themed road trip // Minions // yellow // party // minion food // sensory bottle // i-spy bottle


I surprised the kids with the Minion theme.  Since we had a relatively short trip, I only packed us a few themed toys.  The kids shared a Minion Bop-It toy, which was a perfect fit for my sensory-seeker (Skimmer- age 5).  Amazingly, the $5 toy is still unbroken (rare for this family), and we're planning on buying a few more soon.


The kids also shared a Minion Look and Find book.  It has fun, colorful Minion pictures that made the kids laugh.  I wish that the box with the list of things to find had been full of pictures instead of words, since it made it very difficult for my three non-readers to use the book independently.  It would be best for a reader and non-reader to do together.


Lastly, I made the kids a Minion I-spy bottle.  As a candy treat, I ordered a big bag of banana shaped Runts.  It was way too much candy for us to eat, but it made a really fun filler for the sensory bottle.  I also added some dyed lentils, which you can see on the top of the left picture.  Then, I added some cute and squishy Mini Minions, a few google eyes, and some random yellow things from around the house.  The kids complained that the bottle was too full, but it did keep them busy for a long time.  They're asking for more sensory bottles for the big trip.


Our Minion Road Trip- a Summery // Party Through the USA // themed road trip // Minions // yellow // party // minion food // sensory bottle // i-spy bottle

One of the hallmarks of our family road trips has been themed lunches.  The Minion-theme was a lot harder than I expected.  I used a printable from the web for the eyeballs and glued them onto 2 oz condiment cups with the banana candy in them.  We had simple lunch meat sandwiches on circular bread, banana chips, and veggies with homemade hummus.  The kids decided the hummus was icky (but the love the store bought kind- so...).  I think the only winner in this lunch was the sandwich.  Oh, well.  I packed our lunches in Ziplock 3-compartment containers, which are a great size for the kids to hold on their laps.


I also bought a few Minion-themed convenience foods like cheez-its, gummy candies, and graham crackers.  Buying marketed products is a really easy way to get themed foods.  Of course, for the Minions, you can also do any yellow foods, such as the yellow bell peppers in our lunches.  We also had some bananas.


Read the first blog (linked at the bottom) to get even more Minion road trip ideas!

Happy Traveling!




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