Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Road Trip!!!

My family and I are planning our annual vacation for early July this year... and it almost always includes a beach. The long trek south usually has the kids bored after the first few hours. Heck... I get bored.

I was inspired by my son, Jack, to make the kids a game for the trip. Jack just finished Kindergarten and is really smart (not just a mom saying that either). LOL! He was singing a song the other day while we were at the store... of all 50 States, in alpha order. I was SO impressed! I can honestly say I didn't know the States (in any kind of order) when I was 6!

Since he knows the States and can read, it's time for the License Plate Game. Keeping the kids occupied on the trip will keep them from noticing we have a long trip, right?

So, I've taken the standard game and kicked it up a bit.

I've used an empty DVD tin, printed maps of the US and a small picture of the States License plates from a government website. All the plates are laminated and have a strip of magnetic tape on the back. The entire project is embellished with stamped images from Rubber Stamping Fun's Big Trip set. When I saw this in their offerings, I knew it would be perfect for the project!

The details on the inside of the game are also designed to help the kids learn. They can either put the plates they find on the right side of the lists - under Found - or on the Map itself, teaching them their geography, in only that sneaky way parents teach!
Another fun detail is the small markers on the map itself. They are laminated letters (S, X, and F - for Start, Finish, and X marks the spot). They can follow along with us on a map for the journey's progress.

Needless to say, I'm really excited about this project and know we'll get hours of entertainment out of it.

Thanks for looking!

p.s. I know the "sentiment" on the front should read "One way ticket to - PARADISE", but my daughter didn't like that and made me switch to vacation. It still fit the slot, so I went with what the boss wanted. LOL!


  1. What an incredibly awesome idea! WOW! The kids will love it! YOu could start a little business!

  2. Wowee!! What a great idea Lisa!!
    This is so cute, I will have to try!!
    Great blog btw!!
    Have a super trip!!

  3. What an undertaking! This is such a great project! Love that RSF set too...


  4. Wow, what a great concept and the execution is beautiful. The kids will have so much fun with it. I am jealous.

  5. Awesome project - love the idea!

  6. Cute game set. We always played the "Alphabet Game" when we travelled. Had to find the letters of the alphabet on road signs in order. It can take a while to find qs, xs, and zs. This will be great, because the kids will have something to do with their hands.

    When my kids were little, I always brought colored pencils along for drawing. (Crayons can melt all over, and markers can be messy.

  7. WOW! What a great idea and you did such a fabulous job with it! I might have to make one of these for my daughter!!!

  8. This is awesome! What a great idea!

    P.S. I love your blog, and linked to it from my blog. Please let me know if that's not cool. Thanks!

  9. What a great idea...its too cute!!!