I have had a few years of experience under my belt making gifts for my girls. So on our last road trip to Disneyland I whipped up several travel gifts for my girls. The ideas just came flying in. Then my thoughts turned to my little buddy and travel gifts for little boys were harder to think up. I looked around and found two ideas that I thought my son would like and keep him occupied on the drive. [Read more…]
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.
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.
Once 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.
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!
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Traveling long distances with my kids requires a certain amount of preparation and planning. That is if I want to arrive at my destination with a full head of hair. I have shared some travel ideas that I have used in the past and I am going to add another to the list. I usually wrap up little presents to give to the kids on the drive. It seems like a small present every 1-2 hours keeps them happy. This time around I tried to do activities that would help the kids pass the time.
I made these DIY Story Cubes out of wooden blocks, Mod Podge and pictures that I printed on my computer and cut out with my Silhouette. I tried to have a variety of images both girl and boy friendly. I used the matte Mod Podge to adhere the square paper pictures onto the blocks. Once the block was completely done, I coated it with Mod Podge again and let it dry.
This is how I envisioned the DIY Story Cubes to work… Each of my girls would get 3 cubes. They would roll the cubes and then draw a picture on the page of their blank story book with whatever images showed up on their cubes. Then at the end they would have a fun little quirky story. That is how I envisioned it. Ahhh, if only everything played out like it does in our minds. The kids didn’t want to do it that way. Instead they just rolled the dice (or in my youngest girls case picked the dice) and then drew the pictures that they saw. Still fine, just not part of my grand scheme. They also have enjoyed just looking at the pictures on the blocks. I wish I could say that this game was a hit and will become a travel staple but alas it probably will not. They kids have enjoyed it and used it more at home than they did on the road. We have been taking the story cubes to church and have been drawing pictures with them there. I am still glad I made them though. Maybe the kids just haven’t realized their true potential :).
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Good Wednesday morning everyone! I am over at the Silhouette blog today sharing a travel gift idea for kids. This last road trip I brought along a cookie sheet and some magnet activities for my girls to do. The one I am sharing on the Silhouette blog is a magnetic princess puzzle but you could really use any graphic.
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