Our family logged a lot of hours in the car this past month.
Traveling with a 2 and 4-year-old can be quite the challenge. However, by planning ahead I am usually able to fight off a meltdown for at least a little while.
I made these bags for our last road trip and was amazed at how quiet the backseat became for close to an hour. My 2-year-old mostly made a mess (luckily it was easy to clean up) but my 4-year-old made a pretty impressive necklace.
Plastic Baggie (if traveling)
1. Cut a long length of yarn. I cut mine close to 3 feet long. This was plenty long for a necklace but it kept them busy in the car much longer.
2. Using your scissors cut the straws into small pieces. I would suggest they be less than an inch in length. The smaller you cut the pieces the easier it is to thread them onto the yarn. Place all of your pieces into a small plastic baggie.
3. To help with threading the yarn, use a small piece of tape and wrap around one of the ends.
4. Take one piece of the cut straw and attach to the opposite end of the tape on the yarn. Tie a knot. This will act as your stopper.
5. Give the baggie full of straw pieces and your piece of yarn to your kiddos and let them start stringing.
Alivia’s necklace is now an official part of her “jewelry” collection in the dress up box. We will have to create a matching bracelet on our next road trip!
Courtney Lee, a working mom of two children, wrote this blog for momaha. She’s a CPA for a small accounting firm. Find more craft ideas on her personal blog, thefightagainstboredom.com.
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