DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips - Engineer Mommy
Jul 062016
 

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Planning any road trips this year? Today, I’m sharing some tips for successful road trips with the kids. From leaving early to packing portable snacks like HONEY MAID Dippers Honey Graham Snacks & OREO Mini Cookies, keep reading for the tips on making your next family road trip a success!

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DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

So, let’s get right to our road trip! We went on a short road trip last week to a nearby kid’s play place! When it comes time to gearing up for a road trip, one of the first things I always do is go shopping! I typically head to Walmart, because I know I can find a wide variety of snack options at great prices.

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


Here’s what I picked up: BELVITA Chocolate Sandwich Breakfast Biscuits, HONEY MAID Dippers Honey Graham Snacks, OREO Mini Cookies, and HONEY MAID TEDDY GRAHAMS Graham Snacks. This is a great collection of portable, delicious snacks that are perfect for family road trips!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


I love that these snacks come in small single-serving packs, so they’re perfect for taking on-the-go!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


After shopping for road trip snacks, I always pack our suitcases! My husband and I usually share one suitcase and the kids share another one. We always try to pack light, so we’re not bogged down by multiple, heavy bags!
*Tip: Roll your clothing in the suitcase. You will save so much room and when you arrive at your destination, your clothing will be wrinkle-free!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


Now that the bags are packed and the snacks are purchased, it’s time to make sure the kids will be entertained along the way. I made this super fun Portable Felt Play Mat to take in the car! It features an underwater scene with a mermaid, submarine and more! Keep reading for the full tutorial below.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


We got in the car fairly early, because we like to avoid some of the traffic that builds up around rush hour. My daughter was ready to play with her Felt Play Mat right away! She really enjoyed moving the different pieces around.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


Then, she got hungry, but I was prepared. The snacks I purchased were perfect for satisfying some hunger on-the-go!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


When we got to the play place, the kids wanted to try all the rides right away. They had a blast and we all had a lovely time. Here are my girls on one of the rides!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

We’ve done a lot of road trips with the kids over the years, so I have several trips on how to make the process a smooth experience for all.
1. Leave Early: As I mentioned before, leaving early is something we do for every road trip or vacation. It lets us start our trip before traffic gets too heavy. The kids are also less likely to need a nap or be overtired early in the morning.

2. Pack Snacks: A hungry child is not a content child. Make sure you have plenty of snacks available for the duration of the car ride.

3. Make frequent stops: Nobody likes sitting still for hours on end. Schedule many stops along the way to make sure the children (and adults!) can use the restroom and stretch their legs!

4. Bring entertainment: Beat restlessness by bringing some kind of entertainment or activity for the kids! My Felt Play Mat is easy to make and fun to customize. Most of all, it will entertain a child for a while!

5. Have the right attitude: Traveling with kids can be unpredictable! You might get lost, the kids might throw a tantrum at the most inopportune time, etc. Make sure you leave for vacation with a positive mindset.

Now, let’s get right to the tutorial for the play mats! Are you interested in making one of these for your child? It’s an easy project that comes together in no time!

Here’s what you’ll need:
felt sheets in various colors
googly eyes
hot glue & glue gun
foam board
utility knife
silhouette printable (optional)

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

1. First start by using the utility knife to cut a small rectangle out of the foam board. You can make your play mat any size you prefer, but I went with a small size, because I wanted it to be easy for my child to manage in the car. My rectangle is approximately 10″x6″.

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


2. Wrap a blue felt sheet around the foam board and use hot glue to secure it on the back of the foam sheet.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


3. Now, it’s time for the fun part: adding the various underwater elements to the scene. First, I made various fish and attached one googly eye to each one with a bit of hot glue. I simply drew (free-hand) the outline of a fish and cut it out.
*If you want to use a template for the outline of the fish, feel free to use my printable here!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


4. Next, I drew some coral for the ocean. This was done by just drawing some organic finger-like shapes.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


5. I cut out some duck shapes from yellow felt and attached an eye to each.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


6. The mermaid was next. I used white felt for her and used a black pen to add an eye and mouth on her face.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


7. Finally, the submarine was made by cutting out the silhouette from black felt and then adding some windows from yellow felt.
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


My underwater elements were complete! Now, it’s time to put it all together! Here’s what it looks like!
DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips

DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips


Cute, right? My daughters really enjoyed playing with the various elements of the scene and moving things around. They even named the mermaid “Melissa”! :) With the snacks and the play mat, our road trip was definitely a big success!

Look for HONEY MAID Dippers Honey Graham Snacks, OREO Mini Cookies and even more options at your local Walmart. Be sure to look for a coupon booklet with savings! The booklets include coupons for RITZ Cracker Sandwiches, BELVITA Sandwich Breakfast Biscuits, SWEDISH FISH Soft & Chewy Candy 1.9 lb. bags & TRIDENT Unwrapped Gum!
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Looking for printable road trip games and more tutorials? Check out this link here!

Now, find out more about how to prepare for the best road trip ever with the right snacks and tell me: What do you bring on road trip? Which snacks are your favorite for satisfying on-the-go hunger? How do you make traveling with kids fun for all?







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17 Responses to “DIY Portable Felt Play Board & Road Trip Tips”

  1. Your DIY felt play board is so cute and will keep the kids entertained during those long road trips. And you can never have too many snacks. Yum!

  2. I love these felt boards. I used to have them for teaching school and Sunday School. The kids loved them.

  3. Cute idea!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  4. Looks like a road trip with you is super fun for kids. Love that felt board idea!

  5. This would be a life saver in my car!! I know my son would have a blast playing with this while on a road trip.

  6. Snacks? Felt Game Board? Sounds like the best fun on a road trip. It doesn’t involve electronics either?!!! :-)) Winning!

  7. I totally believe in snacks for the car ride. They set the tone for the trip. lol

  8. What a great idea for travel! The kids would love it. I’m loving the shapes you cut out.

  9. This is such a cute idea for the kids! I love the idea of a snack basket and something fun that isn’t electronic to keep them occupied is the best!

  10. What a fun DIY project! Road trips with kids can definitely be tough but I bet this fun idea will make all the difference! Love it!

  11. This is indeed some great tips for a road trip with the kids. The DIY portable felt play board is indeed an awesome idea for any road trip with the kids. I will have to share this with my sister for my little nephew when they come home. Thanks for sharing the idea.

  12. That’s an awesome opportunity to win prizes! I really like your road trip play mat idea and I think that’s a great way to keep kids busy while on the road. The snacks are awesome as well, portable and easy to eat! You don’t have to worry about the mess.

  13. Such a great tutorial. I think I’m gonna make a play felt board for my kids.. they could use one for road trips.

  14. What a fun thing for the road trip! My 6 year old would totally love this. These are always a great snack for us to keep on the long car rides.

  15. Great tips! We are going on a road trip in 2 weeks so this is very informational! (client)

  16. Thats a cute summer DIY! I love the color combinations and shapes! SO cute

  17. That is such a cute idea! I *almost* wish I had littles again, just so I could make this!

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