Road Trip Kids Activity Bag #1

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Kids


In preparation for our 850 mile road trip this August with 2 year old Elliot and 2 month old Gus, I came up with 6 activity bags to help Elliot stay busy and occupied for the 12 hours in the car.

We left at 3:30 in the morning (a great road trip tip, by the way…) so the kids slept for the first several hours and we almost made it half way before they woke up. The goal was for each bag to keep Elliot busy for 1 hour, and it worked pretty well.

road trip kids activity bag

Activity Bag #1:

I’ve been wanting to learn some more of the fingerplays in that first book, and our road trip was a great place for that. Some of the activities in the bags were things I needed to help Elliot with, which was good because I was able to give him some one-on-one attention while Gus was sleeping.

We didn’t get to the DVD because the magnetic animals book and the lacing cards were so much fun. I made the lacing cards before we left, and it was a quick and fun project. Here’s how to do it:


  • craft foam
  • hole punch
  • Cricut (or paper patterns)
  • scissors
  • shoelace, yarn, or string

Instructions for Easy Lacing Cards

cricut expressions craft project

cricut expressions craft project

I used my Cricut Expressions and one of the Cricut markers to trace a design onto craft foam. I then cut the design out with scissors. (If I had the deep cut blade, I could have actually cut the design with the Cricut. It’s on my wish list.)

cricut expressions craft project

I used the New Arrival and George and Basic Shapes cartridges. Once the designs are traced with the Cricut and marker, cut them out with scissors, punch holes along the edges (I used a Crop-A-Dile Big Bite II), and go to town lacing!


And don’t forget about the Cricut Golden Ticket Scrapbook Cruise Giveaway contest going on now. Find a golden ticket in one of  4 new cartridges and you’ll go on a 7-day Caribbean scrapbook cruise!

Bag #1 was a success! We were a little crowded with 2 car seats and me in the back seat of our Altima, but we made it work.

Here are my other Road Trip Kids Activity Bag ideas:

Road Trip Kids Activity Bag #2
Road Trip Kids Activity Bag #3

There are 6 total, so stay tuned!


1 Megan August 11, 2009 at 9:48 am

We’re just getting ready to leave on a road trip, so I really appreciate this post & look forward to the next 5. =) What a great idea to split the activities up into hour-long chunks! Thanks so much for sharing.

2 Baba August 11, 2009 at 10:09 am

Wow! That’s a lot of activity bags to make. You are a wonder when it comes to keeping the kids buys. I love the idea of making the lace up cards! Kids love things like this and it makes them feel so proud when they are done. Quite an accomplishment for Mom too to have kept them occupied for such a long road trip. Good going!

3 Michelle August 11, 2009 at 10:54 am

We just had a road trip, and I made the kids I Spy books from dollar store photo albums. There’s a how to at my site, but basically you just find pictures of things you’ll see on a long trip, and use removable sticky dots to mark them off as they’re spotted. Kept us occupied for hours. I think road trips are so fun, and your activity bags make sure they stay that way. I really like how you separated each activity into one bag, much more organized than my way…

4 Sarah O G August 17, 2009 at 8:21 am

What I want to know is what you were doing with the stuff in the top right picture? Especially the crochet cotton???

Great idea, I’m hoping to implement something like this soon.

Thank you!

5 Stephanie August 31, 2009 at 10:26 am

These were some really good ideas. I only wish we hadn’t gone on vacation the same week that you spent posting all of these. There is always next year though. I am excited to try these ideas out.

6 shannon December 2, 2009 at 8:46 pm

I’ve been meaning to tell you how much I love all of these ideas and I will be borrowing some of them in a few weeks when we take a long trip with our boys. The dvds are an obvious one, but I like the ideas that keep little hands busy. How do you keep your car from turning into a mess of golf tees and playdough and crayons and magnets, etc?!

7 Laurie June 24, 2011 at 12:13 am

I would LOVE to see the other three bags you did! We are driving from PA to NC for 4th of July weekend with our almost 2-year-old (July 5 b-day). This is our first trip and some of it will be during sleeping hours, but not all of it. I definitely need help and I love your first three bags! :)

8 michelle August 21, 2011 at 10:39 am

I love these ideas, we leave for a 22 hour road trip next week with 2 yr old twins! I’d love to see or hear about your other activity bags!

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