Do you remember taking trips when you were a child? I remember roadtrips when I was really little and my parents would take out the middle row of seats in our car and make a big bed with blankets and pillows. We had this cool mini tv with a built in VHS player that weighed like 40 lbs. It was a great set-up. In addition to the cush video set-up, my mom would also wrap presents for us and give them to us every hour or so. Well times sure have changed. I don’t make a slumber party in the car but I do still wrap presents for long drives. I have tried wrapping up a bunch of dollar store gifts but they don’t seem to hold the attention of the kids for very long. This past trip we went on I opted for quality over quantity. I made a few homemade gifts and interspersed them with some DVD’s, store bought toys and treats. Here are the travel gifts I came up with:
I really wanted to make these cute wooden flower children that I saw here. I had them pinned forever and I thought this would be a perfect time. Only problem was I didn’t have the wooden dolls with the straight bodies. I had some with curved bodies but they just wouldn’t fit well in the leaves. I couldn’t get over how cute they were though so I made my own with fabric.
I gave each of them a coordinating felt flower on top of their heads. I drew the faces on with a black and pink sharpie marker. Each girl got two flower babies in their present.
The next gift was a marshmallow toothpick building kit. I am sure you have seen them and your kids have done them. My kids never had. Since they hadn’t, I wanted to give them some instructions to point them in the right direction. My oldest daughter can read but my youngest can’t so I opted for picture instructions instead. The kit consisted of a ziplock bag filled with marshmallows, pointy toothpicks, and a picture instruction sheet.
The instruction sheet had picture diagrams that showed a bunch of different shapes to make,
step-by-step pictures of how to build a marshmallow and toothpick cube and pyramid,
and a step-by-step pictures to build a 3-D Marshmallow and toothpick house.
These turned out to be such a fun and cute keepsake. I made the books with my Bind-It-All machine. They had blank white computer paper inside and a chipboard cover. My youngest daughter just drew in her book but my oldest used it as a journal and documented the different places we went. She drew pictures and wrote little sentences about what she saw. What a keepsake!! It is so precious to see the different things she observed.