Does your kid love those Find It games? They’re the perfect quiet activity to entertain little ones again and again. That’s why it also makes a great road trip activity. This easy DIY find it game is the perfect travel size to entertain your kiddos in the car with less than half the bulk.
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Keep little ones entertained no matter how long your road trip is with this easy DIY find it game! It's the perfect size for travel and easily customizable. Click To Tweet
When my youngest first started to express a defined interest in books outside of the bedtime stories we read, he loved ISpy books. Like, he couldn’t get enough of them. That was when I had the idea that he might also love the Find It games. He got one that was specifically geared for young kids for his 4th birthday and he still loves playing with it a year later.
You would think looking for things would get old, especially when you’ve found them a thousand times before, but not for him. That’s is what sparked this most recent project. We’re driving all the way to Disney World this summer (15+ hour drive, one way) and I thought this would be a great way to keep him entertained on our trip.
Even better, it’s so super simple that you can easily make more than one in different themes. In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m totally going to make a Disney themed one. It’s too easy and to much fun not to.
DIY Find It Game Materials
- Small Clean Empty Bottle
- White Rice
- Food Coloring (Color of Choice)
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Slime Charms Pack (I used this one)
First, add your rice into a resealable bag.
Next, add in your food coloring.
- You will have to play around with the amount of food coloring needed. The amount will vary, especially based on the color.
Then seal your bag and shake your rice to color. If your rice is still too light after shaking, add in more food coloring and shake some more.
Now cover your baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper.
Next, pour your colored rice onto the baking sheet and let it set out to dry.
- Technically, the rice absorbs the coloring very quickly but some of can still rub off on your charms and your bottle. Keep the bottle clear by taking the time to let the rice dry.
After the rice is dried, add it to your bottle. Do not fill the bottle all the way to the top. Take into account the room for your slime charms and also leave room to shake the mixture.
Now add your slime charms to the bottle. I used 1 of each letter I could find in the set and then some of the picture ones as well.
- Take a picture of some of your slime charms before adding them to your container. Then print the photo in a wallet size and tape it to the bottle for kids to use as a search guide.
Put the lid on and shake up your mixture to incorporate the slime charms.
Once the charms and rice are mixed, take the lid off and add a layer of E6000 along the inside of the lid.
Return the lid to the container and set the bottle on its side to dry. Try to keep the rice and charms from touching the lid so that they don’t get stuck in any glue that seeps down.
Allow your glue to dry 24 hours before playing with your new DIY find it game.
It’s definitely time to start saving those juice bottles. Now you can keep little ones entertained no matter how long your road trip is. This easy DIY find it game is the perfect size for travel and easily customizable for your kiddos. Dye the rice in their favorite color and add in items that are fun for them.
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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.