Simple Travel Activity

Simple Travel Activity for Kids


This activity works for me for a long car ride or a long wait.

Use a piece of sand paper (8 1/2 X 11) and yarn (different lengths) to create different designs/pictures on the sandpaper. The yarn sticks to the sandpaper, but you do have to press it down. I cut the yarn in different lengths ahead of time and put them in a small bag.

To make this into a file folder activity/lapbook, staple the sandpaper to the front of a manilla folder (staple the folder shut on 3 sides) and inside the folder keep three bags for yarn (short pieces, medium pieces, and large pieces). This will keep your activity organized and cut down on the yarn that spreads out around the car or waiting room. This is a great activity to add to a Busy Bag!

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  • Reply Jackie

    What an easy, fun idea! And with materials most have around the house! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love having new visitors. 😉

    August 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Kendra aka The Meanest Momma

    What a unique and clever tip. TFS!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm
  • Reply Songbirdtiff

    What a great idea! We are adopting soon (paper work is done, we are just waiting for them to process it!!!) and this is one of those ideas that could be a lifesaver to new parents. Thanks!

    August 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm
  • Reply But Momma

    This is a great idea! It will come in very handy for us next month. We have a long road trip coming up next month and I am SO doing this!!!

    August 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm
  • Reply Melissa

    Super idea! I can see using this for letters and numbers, and shapes too. 🙂

    August 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm
  • Reply One Green Mumma

    What a cool idea,never would have thought of it myself,very clever.Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

    August 26, 2009 at 10:10 pm
  • Reply Lora

    That’s a really cool idea! I had never thought of that before. We’ll be making a 10-hour drive to CO next month and I bet my 2-yo would love that! Thanks for swinging by my blog, too! 🙂

    Lora @ Motherhood Moments

    August 27, 2009 at 4:02 am
  • Reply Michelle

    I love this idea…I have a lot of yarn left from my spaghetti yarn bowl. Now I just have to remember some sand paper when I am at the store!!

    Thanks for sharing!

    August 27, 2009 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Bailey

    Gonna use this one on the way to the outer banks! Thanks Activity MOM!!

    August 28, 2009 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Nicole {tired, need sleep}

    I’m definitely going to be doing this. I want to put together some activity bags with things for M to do when I need to get something done (in addition to our regular “school” time together). This is perfect!! Thank you!

    August 29, 2009 at 1:52 am
  • Reply brudcrew

    What a great ideas! Thanks

    September 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm
  • Reply Michelle

    Another great mommy blog – what am I to do!? Oh, where is the time! Seriously, you have a lot of neat activities! I love this one and will try it for sure! *Ü*

    September 6, 2009 at 3:21 pm
  • Reply Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club

    now you are making me wonder what else will stick to sandpaper…. I see felt, yarn and cotton balls in my future. Thanks for the great ideas.

    June 13, 2011 at 2:47 am
  • Reply Julie

    I tried this but my yarn is all squiggly and won’t stay put on the sandpaper, even though I bought the coarsest sandpaper available and washed/dried the yarn pieces to make them “fuzzier.” any ideas on how to make it work better?

    October 4, 2011 at 2:14 am
  • Reply The Activity Mom

    It’s not as strong of a hold like velcro or something like that would be. If you lift it up, the yarn usually falls off, but tilted up a little bit on a clipboard or your child’s lap should work. Now I’m wondering how a large square of velcro would work instead of the sand paper…..

    October 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm
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