Drawing and coloring are fantastic activities for road trips. That is until crayons get dropped and melt in your van. Double that aggravation if it happens in a rental. Now you can let your kids enjoy their coloring without the fear with these DIY travel chalkboards with storage for kids!
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Why is it that crayons are immediately dropped and broken by kiddos? Whether it’s at the house or in the car, I swear it’s instantaneous. Since we rented our van for the drive to Disney World, I didn’t want to take the chance on melted wax. Instead, I whipped up these travel chalkboards.
The kids could draw or play games over and over and I could keep the peace of mind that we wouldn’t get slapped with a huge cleaning charge at the end of the trip. It was a big hit with the kiddos and there were LOTS of games of tic tac toe. Even better, it was also an activity that they could do in the room when we weren’t out at the parks during our trip.
I also totally recommend adding a loose sock in the case too. It makes wiping away the designs and games a breeze for kiddos. It’s also the perfect way to reuse those mismatched or too small socks!
Travel Chalkboards Materials
- 2 Empty DVD Cases
- 2 Small Borderless Chalkboards
- Utility Knife
- Hot Glue Gun and Glue
- Washi Tape in Various Colors
First, remove any inserts from your DVD cases including the cover insert.
Then use your utility knife to remove the plastic on the outside of your DVD case. Gently fold your case backwards and lift the plastic. Then carefully run your knife down the edge. Trim any plastic that remains on the case.
Next, pull out your chalkboards and remove any packaging from them.
Add washi tape to the short edges of your chalkboards with a slight overhang off the edge. For additional vibrancy, add a second layer of washi tape.
Then add washi tape that is a different color to the long edges of the chalkboards. Again, add a second layer if you want your washi tape to be more vibrant on the board.
Next, fold the edges of the washi tape over the sides of the chalkboard, saving the corners for last.
Then glue your chalkboards to the sides of the DVD cases that have the disc indentation. The smooth side of the case should be opposite the chalkboard.
Lastly, open up your DVD cases and place pieces of chalk inside the disc indentation on the inside of your DVD case. This ensures that it doesn’t get broken when you close the case.
My favorite part of these DIY travel chalkboards with storage is that everything is contained easily. The chalk and the eraser are right there for kiddos during the drive and they store away easily when it’s time to clean up. Of course, the $3 price tag doesn’t hurt either when it comes to keeping kiddos entertained on long trips!
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