Traveling with a young child can be challenging, especially if you have a long road ahead of you. Toddlers and preschoolers are not so good at having patience so they get bored pretty easily and you need to find a way to keep them busy until you get to the destination. We travel often with Bogdan, so finding ways to make our trips easier was always something of interest for me. I search for new ideas all the time and this is how I first discovered a travel binder for kids and I loved the idea!
The idea of a travel binder is really simple: you put together a set of activities for kids to do during the trips and you use them anytime your child gets bored on the road. The binder allows you to have everything organized and at hand and the printable activities can be used over and over again on each trip, so they are a great resource for traveling parents.I discovered some very nice travel binders for kids on Pinterest, but most of them were focused on older kids and were not really suitable for my 3-year old, so I decided to create my own travel binder. 🙂
It contains activities that are suitable for toddlers and preschoolers and I’m glad to share it with you in this article (you can download it using the instructions at the end).
To create your own travel binder you just need:
– a binder with a clear cover (like this one, you can find it online and in all the big stores)
– a set of heavyweight sheet protectors (like this one; another alternative is to laminate the activity sheets if it’s easier for you)
– a set of child-friendly dry-erase markers (I like the ones from Crayola)
– the activity sheets (you can find the printable file at the end of the article)
Note: If you don’t want to invest in sheet protectors and dry-erase markers, you can simply put the activity sheets in the binder and let the child use normal markers or crayons. The only disadvantage, in this case, is that the sheets will only be used once and then you will need to print them again for your next trip.
My printable activity sheets contain the following activities:
– “I spy” activities: The child searches particular pictures on the sheet or on the road. This activity develops his attention. (activities included in the binder: I spy animals, I spy dogs, I spy colors and I spy license plates)
– Matching activities: The child is invited to match similar items. (activities included in the binder: Match the animals, Match the elephants, Match the socks)
– “Find the difference” activities: The child is invited to find the different item in each row. (activities included in the binder: Find the different one)
– Counting activities: These activities will allow the child to practice the counting to 5. (activities included in the binder: Count the animals)
– Road trip scavenger hunt: The child will be invited to look for different items on the road until he finds all the items on the list.
– Road trip bingo: The game can be played by maximum 3 players. Each player will look on the road for the items on his list and will let the other ones know when he completes a row or a column. The game ends when the player finds all the items on his list.
Some activities can be too difficult for toddlers, but you can adapt them to their age or you can help them complete them until they learn new skills.
Here are some additional activity sheets created by other bloggers that are great for young kids and you can print and add to your binder too:
Traffic signs I spy cards from Living Well Mom (great for preschoolers)
License plate game from Double the batch (great for preschoolers who easily recognize letters and numbers)
Travel bingo from Reading with kids
Travel scavenger hunt from Reading with kids
Coloring pages from Disney Family (there are a lot of pages to choose from on their site).
I also use to add to the binder some stickers and some Water Wow activity pads, they are great for keeping kids busy during the trip!
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