Candy Alphabet Travel Game

Candy Alphabet Travel Game

This post should probably be titled Candy Alphabet Travel Game Prototype 1.   I have had this idea for quite a while.   It is a take on one of those chocolate advent calendars but  with different candy behind each door.   Trouble is, it was just an idea flitting around in my head and I hadn’t had a chance to really ponder it and explore different options of how to put it together.  As our Disney trip was fast approaching, I knew I wanted to make this but I didn’t know how.  This is the first prototype that I came up with and it has some flaws but the general idea of it worked out great.

Candy Alphabet Travel Game_square

I used my Silhouette CAMEO and the print and cut feature to make the front template.  Each Letter had a door around it.  The top and bottom of the door were cut with dash marks and the right side of the door was a straight cut line.  I also added a little trapezoid cut out to make it easier for my kids to open the doors.   If I make this again, I would do longer dash marks because the doors didn’t open cleanly, they kind of ripped when they were opened.

Candy Alphabet Travel Game TutorialOnce I had the front made I went to the store and picked out a variety of little candies to put behind each door.   Now do you remember seeing those candy lei’s that people give at graduations and stuff? That is the inspiration I used for helping the candy to stay put behind each door.  I took some plastic wrap and made a little nest around the candy.  I left one side of the candy exposed and put that up against each door.  I twisted the candy wrap in between candies and taped it onto the backside of the front paper.   The back part was tricky.  I took an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper and cut two borders of dashed lines around it.  Then I folded one up and the other over to form a sort of box with a lip.  I laid the Alphabet candy sheet on top of it and taped the sheet around the edges.  Not the best way to do it but I was running out of time to experiment some more.

DIY Paper Advent Calendar

Sorry for the poor photo, it was starting to get dark out so the lighting was really bad in the car.  Now everyone knows the alphabet travel game.  You start with A and look outside as you drive for each letter in the alphabet.  Same goes with this game.  The kids started with A and as soon as they saw the letter A, they could open up the A door and eat the candy that was inside.  Next they moved to B and so on.  My younger daughter had a harder time with it and so she just opened the doors of whatever letter she saw, not it order.  My 2 year old son simply opened all the doors and ate candy to his hearts content.    Given that this idea is super cool but the execution of it needs some tweaking, I would love to hear from you on how you would do it! What ideas do you have for making this DIY Candy Advent Calendar/ Candy Alphabet Game better? I think it would be fun to use for holidays or other occasions as well but I want to think of a better way to do it.  If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments! This project is made from paper (mostly) and it is a part of a round up of 44 Silhouette Paper Projects (I am number 32!).  Check em out below!

Thanks for stopping by friends!

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Comments

  1. I love playing this game with my daughter, adding candy and a fun game board would make it even better. Thanks for sharing this.

  2. IMPRESSIVE! Great project!

  3. I’m in awe of your patience doing this, but it turned out so great :) What a fun idea for travelling with kids.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Pam! I will admit that twisting all those candies up and taping them on was a little time consuming! I am hoping that a better idea will come to me. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. What a fun mama you are!! Who cares if it wasn’t perfect? I bet your kids didn’t! Fun idea, smart execution, happy kids… WIN!

  5. Oh my goodness. I LOVE this idea. Seriously. It is so genius! I’m going to have to start my own experiments on this one I think. This reminded me a bit of a tear envelope I had pinned before. Maybe his experiments could help guide yours a bit: http://www.robives.com/blog/tear

    • greylustergirl says:

      Good idea Alexis. Maybe the doors could open from bottom to top using a large tear strip instead of opening up from the side. Hmmm, you have got me thinking! Thanks for the idea!

  6. Hi Lisa,
    What a genius idea!!! Kids everywhere like to play the Alphabet Game in the car and this project just adds to the fun!!! I bet your kids LOVED playing! I’m so excited to be a part of this Silhouette Challenge group!
    Peace, Love and Joy,
    Joyce

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Joyce! I can’t believe what a fun group the Silhouette Challenge group is! It has been great getting to know so many other Silhouette lovers!

  7. This idea is awesome – I wonder if double-cutting it would help?

    • greylustergirl says:

      I think you are right Aki. I think that would help with the ripping problems. So glad you stopped by!

  8. Lisa,
    I hope you had a wonderful trip to Disney. Your project is A=Awesome. Your children have a creative Mommy. I am glad that you shared your process with us so we can all learn. An earlier post spoke about freezer paper. Maybe you print on the freezer paper cut out the openings and poke through the freezer paper to get the candy. I hope we will see pictures of the next Alphabet Game. The best part of your project is the happy kids in the car.
    SC Buddy,
    Karen Marie
    Dragonfly & Lily Pads

  9. This is such a great idea! We always loved playing the alphabet game on road trips as kids.

  10. This is amazing!!!! I should make something similar for my kids for this summer! I bet they would love it!!!

  11. I’m finally getting through all the projects. This one is fabulous! I’m going to do this with my grandson who is still learning his letters. Thanks for the great idea.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Glenna! That is such a good idea to use it as a learning activity! I think I may try that too!

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