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Anyone who has traveled with kids knows how hard it is to keep them entertained. Here is a simple travel kit you can make to help keep the complaints to a minimum.

To start, wipe out a small metal tin. In this case I used Altoids but today you can find them from all sorts of products. For small hands a larger version from some Danish cookies would work just as well. I like the small one because the girls can keep it in the pocket next to their seats in the van.

Altoid Tin

Here is where you get to be creative. You can make a simple tic-tac-toe board.

Tic-Tac-Toe Board

Or you can make up boards based on where your trip takes you. Think of things the kids might see out the window, or as you make one of a dozen visits to a rest stop.What about license plates from nearby states?

Campground Board

Hike Board

Countryside Board

If you are artistically challenged like me, you can find drawings online and print them off. To size your boards, lay your tin on a piece of paper and trace the bottom. When you cut it out you will want to go inside the line by about 1/8th of an inch so that it slips in and out of your tin easily. The best boards are printed on cardstock to they hold up better. You can keep several boards in the tin and the magnets will still work. How many depends on the strength of the magnets you use.

Packages of magnets are available at most craft stores and Wal Mart. Here, I just used a paint pen to mark 4 with Xs and 4 with Os. As objects for a BINGO game are found just place a magnet on the square. Those which are not being used can be stacked or will stick to the lid. A prize goes to the winner of the BINGO game.

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About keepingiteasyandsimple

I have been married for 20 years and have 3 children. My oldest is 20 and currently in the National Guard. My daughters are 15 and 11 and involved in everything. I believe life is difficult enough, that we can find ways to make the everyday just a little easier and perhaps even more simple. I love to cook, shop and make things with the kids.

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