Free Printable Call Mom Safety Cards for Kids

Got a Disney trip coming up? If so, give yourself a little peace of mind with these free printable “Call Mom” safety cards for kids. They make sure your phone number is always close if your kiddos need it for any reason at all during your trip! Check out the additional safety tips for your little one’s safety while you’re here too.

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Losing a child, even for a few minutes is a terrifying experience as a mom. I have totally been there and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. Before we get to the tutorial, it’s important to know that these are a last resort in safety, especially for younger kids who are having difficulty remembering your phone number. It’s important to always talk to your kiddos about the rules and expectations for crowded places.

Things to Talk About with Your Kids:

 

Cut Apart Laminated Call Mom Cards

“Call Mom” Safety Cards Materials

Step 1

First, warm up your laminating machine so that it’s ready.

 

Printed Sheet of Call Mom Cards

Step 2

Then print out your call mom safety cards.

 

Cut Out Call Mom Cards next to Paper Cutter

Step 3

Next cut out each of your cards using a paper cutter.

 

Call Mom Card with Phone Number on it Next to Pen

Step 4

Once your cards are cut out, write your phone number on the number of cards you need. (In case you’re curious, nope, that’s not my number. Sorry. I’m sure you’re heartbroken.)

Tip:

 

Close Up of Call Mom Cards inside Lamination Folder

Step 5

Then open up a laminating envelope and place your cards inside. Be sure to leave space between each card to allow for them to seal all the way around.

 

Laminated Sheet of Call Mom Cards

Step 6

Next, run your laminating envelope with the cards inside through your lamination machine.

 

Cut Apart Laminated Call Mom Cards

Step 7

After your cards are laminated, cut them apart using scissors.

How to Use:

At the start of each day, place the cards inside your kiddos shoes. If at any point they become separated from you or lost, they can pull out this card and give the appropriate authorities/workers your number to call. The shoe ensures it doesn’t get lost throughout the day and the lamination protects it from sweaty or wet feet.

You also want to work with your kids early and often on learning basics like your phone number, first and last name, and home address. Of course, my oldest has a cell phone and has already forgotten my phone number so this might be necessary for older kids and pre-teens too.

 

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These free printable “Call Mom” safety cards for kids are such a useful resource for moms. In addition to giving kids a contact in case they get lost or separated from you in busy locations, they are great for when you travel to unfamiliar locations too. For example, just checking out a new city on vacation or stopping at a Target on the way to the beach for sunscreen. It’s simply an easy tool to give you some peace of mind.

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DIY Summer Boredom Box for Kids | Easy Recycled Craft

If you let your kiddos spend every hour of every day playing video games you won’t hear “I’m bored” from them much. Of course, you also don’t want them wasting away in front of the TV so you set limits on how much they can play each day. That’s when the inevitable moaning about “There’s nothing to do” starts and this DIY summer boredom box for kids comes in.

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Wondering how to keep the kids occupied all summer long? See our list of Summer Activities for Kids of All Ages!

We have partnered with some savvy blogging Mom’s and Grandma’s to bring you a collection of summer fun ideas to do with kids of all ages from Pre-K up to those precious teens. Be sure to scroll all the way down for even more ideas!

 

Colorful Boredom Box with Flower next to Discs

Stop Summer Boredom in Its Tracks

We’re only a week into summer break and my kiddos are already complaining about being bored. There is a lot of excitement about summer, but losing the structure of the school day can really throw kids out of whack (even if they won’t admit it).

As much as I love hanging out with my kiddos, I still have work I have to get done each day. From making meals to cleaning extra messes, my workload definitely isn’t any lighter during the summer.

 

That’s why I wanted to be ready for those moments when the kids can’t think of anything to do on their own. This summer boredom box is an easy way to give the kids something easy to do without having to hover or mediate constantly.

Make sure to keep some supplies on hand that correspond with your boredom box activities. For example, I have “Blow Bubbles” on one of the discs so I have a secret stash of extra bubbles the kids don’t know about for when this comes up. Some other easy supplies to keep on hand are notebooks, glow sticks, and water balloons.

 

Tissue Paper and Mod Podge next to Empty Tissue Box

DIY Summer Boredom Box Materials

 

Cut Up Pieces of Tissue Paper next to Scissors

Step 1

First, tear or cut your tissue paper into smaller pieces. They should be at least 2 inches by 2 inches.

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Step 2

Next, cover a small area of your tissue box in Mod Podge.

 

Tissue Paper Glued to Side of Box

Step 3

Then press pieces of tissue paper onto that same area of your tissue box.

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Step 4

After the pieces are pressed onto the box, go over them with more Mod Podge.

 

Tissue Paper Glued to Bottom of Box

Step 5

Continue adding layers of Mod Podge and tissue paper until your tissue box is completely covered. Don’t cover the opening of the tissue box.

Step 6

Once the box is completely covered set it aside to dry.

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Step 7

While your tissue box dries, pull out your wood discs.

 

Tissue Paper Glued to Wood Circles

Step 8

Use the same tissue paper pieces as you did on the box to cover 1 side of 50 or more discs.

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Step 9

Set your tissue covered discs to the side to dry.

 

Letters Glued on Colorful Box

Step 10

While the discs dry, add letters to your box to spell out “Boredom Box” on one side.

 

Flower Glued on Colorful Box

Step 11 (Optional)

You can also add decorative stickers suck as flowers or palm trees for more embellishment on the box.

 

Trimmed Pile of Tissue Paper Wood Circles

Step 12

After your discs are dry, carefully trim the excess tissue paper from around the edges.

 

Activities Written on Colorful Discs

Step 13

Next, write boredom-busting activities on the discs with a black permanent marker.

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Wood Discs Inside of Colorful Box

Step 14

Lastly, add all of your discs to your DIY summer boredom box and place in an area that is easily accessible to the kiddos.

 

Colorful Boredom Box with Flower

What to Write on Your Discs

I used this list of 75 Screen Free Summer Activities for Kids to put on the boredom box discs. The activities are things that don’t involve a screen like putting on a puppet show, playing with sidewalk chalk, or writing a letter to someone.

Although I have strict time limits on video games, I did include one single disc that gives the kiddos an extra 30 minutes of game time. It’s kind of my golden goose surprise for the kiddos.

In addition to the fun activity ideas, I also included some chores. I feel that this encourages kids to entertain themselves but, also, it’s important that they help out around the house a little extra during the summer.

 

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Anytime your child complains about being bored, or some variant thereof, send them to this DIY summer boredom box for kids. Once they choose a disc, have them do the activity and return the disc to the box for reuse. This way the box will last all summer long, no problem!

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Summer Fun Activities

Now, let’s see what else we can add to our Summer Activities list!  New ideas are added every day this week so Pin this post and check back every day.

 

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Monday

An Alli Event

Glitter On A Dime

That Fit Fam

 

Collage of Summer Activities Photos

Tuesday

Intelligent Domestications

Cookies, Coffee and Crafts

DIY Adulation

 

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Wednesday

DIY Adulation

Polka Dot Poplars

 

Collage of Summer Activities Photos

Thursday

Creative Ramblings

Cookies, Coffee and Crafts

Our Good Life

 

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Friday

Glitter On A Dime

My Family Thyme

20 Road Trip Hacks All Moms Need to Know

Summer means it’s time for family traveling! One of our favorite ways to save money on travel is to drive whenever possible. It is cheaper and it also takes the headache and hassle out of checking carseats and strollers at the airport. After years of traveling together, you learn a few tricks. Here are 20 road trip hacks all moms need to know before taking your next trip!

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I love road trips. On more than one occasion, we’ve randomly packed up the kiddos and taken an impromptu trip to our favorite destinations. Those trips are memories that I hope our kids will cherish long into adulthood.

That doesn’t mean they’re always a breeze. Some of the craziest, most stressful road trips end up being the hilarious stories you tell for years. It’s the imperfection and craziness that sticks with you. Luckily, there are some mishaps that can be avoided. These road trip hacks help make that possible.

 

1. Use Shower Kit Organizers on Seats for Essentials

You can use one of these exclusively for your car to wrangle essentials like baby wipes, tissues, and hand sanitizer. In addition to that, these are great for road trips. Kids can each have their own to load up with their “travel gear” such as headphones, favorite movies/CD’s, and books. The reason I love shower kits for this is that they usually come with a hanger already attached. You can use that to hang them right on the seats (even the middle seats for the kids in the back).

2. Place Diapers in Potty Seat for Emergency Potty

This is absolutely genius for more than road trips. Even well potty-trained kids can catch you in a position where there isn’t a bathroom readily available. (My 5 and 6 year old are infamous for this… it’s like they plan it.) Now, you can put a diaper into a potty chair so that you’re always ready for emergencies. Make cleanup even easier by placing a plastic bag in the seat before adding the diaper. After it gets used, remove the bag with the diaper inside.

Upcycled Car Trash Cans

3. Keep the Car Clean with a DIY Trash Can

Again, we use this hack all year round. It’s even been used as a bucket on one ill-fated car ride when my daughter got the flu. Don’t forget to keep extra bags in the car (or in the bottom of the can) so that you always have a spare.

4. Attach an Empty Bag to Each Seat

In addition to using a car trash can, I also recommend attaching an empty grocery bag to each seat or car seat. This lets your kids collect their own trash throughout the trip. Simply toss the bags at your next fill up and keep your car wrapper free!

 

Window Crayons on Wood Background

5. Use Window Crayons to Entertain Little Ones During the Ride

These are one of our favorite boredom busters at home and they’re great for road trips too. Let kiddos create works of art over and over again during the ride. Windex wipes are great for clean up in between.

 

Ribbon Tied to Kids Water Bottle

6. Tie Sippy Cups and Water Bottles to Car Seats

How many times even on a short trip to the store have your kids dropped their cups and asked for you to get it? No one wants to deal with that on a road trip. You don’t have to when you tie the sippy cups and water bottles to the seats. Then kids can easily get the back without assistance from you.

7. Pack Changes of Clothes

Pack a small bag with changes of clothes for everyone separate from your luggage. Small kids and babies, especially, are prone to accidents and other grossness. You definitely don’t want to ride around in a car with a vomit covered child but you don’t want to pull out all of your luggage either. A change of clothes for everyone in an easily accessible bag is life-saving.

Stacks of Quarters

8. Bring Plenty of Quarters

Keep an empty pill bottle or M & M container filled with quarters in your glove box during road trips. Use them for toll roads, vending machines, and any other small conveniences. This will save you a lot of time and headaches on your trip.

9. Use a Cheap Plastic Tablecloth to Protect the Backseat

Spills are going to happen. Luckily, you can protect your seat by covering them with a cheap plastic tablecloth. Cut slits where the buckles for the seatbelts are and then place your carseats as usual. When spills happen you won’t worry as much.

10. Don’t Forget Towels

Even with your seats protected you still want a way to clean up spills when they happen. Bring a few extra towels from home to successfully clean up spills and other mishaps during your trip. I recommend bringing older towels that way if they get stained or can’t be salvaged, it’s no big deal.

11. Let Each Child Bring a Blanket

Let’s face it: kids and adults never agree on the temperature of the car… especially if the sun is beating down on you and not them. Keep everyone happy and more comfortable by letting everyone bring their own blanket. Then you can keep the car cooled down without complaints from the little ones.

 

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12. Hold Some Surprises

Keep kids entertained throughout your journey with surprise gifts. Dole out surprises throughout the trip at predetermined times/stops or keep a mini-stash to whip out when they start getting whiny and frustrated. A new coloring book or movie is a great way to reinvigorate their spirits instantly.

 

13. Bring a Lap Board

Lap boards are one of the most useful items you can have on a road trip. They make activities easier from drawing and playing with toys and they make meals in the car less messy. It’s awesome (and worth any price). You can DIY your own version or buy one here.

 

Multicolored Pairs of Sun Glasses

14. Keep Sunglasses Handy

No one naps well when the sun is in their eyes. You can’t always rely on the kiddos to remember theirs on the trip. Keep a stash of extra sunglasses in the car to pull out in a pinch. It will make your road trip a lot more enjoyable.

15. Hide Extra Snacks

Snacks and food are essential to road trips. Unfortunately, bored kiddos sometimes eat when they’re not hungry. Give them a few snacks to eat at their discretion but keep a stash of extra snacks for later in the trip. Hangry toddlers are as bad as hangry teens… don’t get caught unprepared.

 

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16. Invest in a Headphone Splitter

I want to enjoy some tunes during my road trips, even when the kids are watching a DVD in the back. However, 3 kids and only 2 screens means that headphones won’t work for everyone. This headphone splitter allows you to hook multiple headphones to the same jack and it’s worth every penny, I promise.

17. Make a Medicine Kit

Everyone knows that an emergency first aid kit is important to keep in the car but these don’t have some basic medicines that your family needs on trips. Make your own medicine kit and include things such as allergy medicine, motion sickness medicine, and heartburn medicine. I also recommend including vitamins and any prescriptions family members take.

18. Extra Plastic Cups

Another item you may not think to bring is extra cups. I like to use disposable ones but you can totally use any plastic cups. These make doling out snacks easy and also make a great organizer for crayons or small toys. Keep a stash handy on your next road trip.

 

3 Green Drawstring Bags

19. Bring Along DIY Road Trip Bags

I love these road trip bags! My kids get excited when they see me packing them and I love that they each have personalized activity kits ready for the trip. They’re super easy to personalize to your child’s interests and you can pick up the drawstring bags for a dollar at the Dollar Tree making them totally budget-friendly.

20. Suction Cup Shower Organizers to Wrangle Kids Items

This is a brilliant hack to organize activities while keeping supplies within your kid’s reach. Suction some of these to the windows to hold art supplies, snacks, and other road trip essentials.

 

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Your next vacation will be a breeze with these 20 road trip hacks all moms need to know! Now you can save money by driving without the headache being stuck in the car usually brings. Do you have any sanity-saving road trip hacks? Let me know in the comments so I can update my list!

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