You can stash this cute little DIY travel matching game in your bag, it’s perfect for all those times you need to kill time with your kids!
Sometimes the best projects come out of necessity and boy did I need this DIY travel matching game.
One of things we like to do as a family a lot is go out for breakfast. We like breakfast because, for one thing, my kids are super early risers. (And yes, we’ve tried putting them to bed later, it doesn’t help, they’ve both been up in the 5 o’clock hour since they were infants).
So if we go to breakfast when we get up, restaurants are quiet, we have plenty of room and time and space. It’s awesome.
Also my kids are kind of picky eaters (thank you food allergies) but everyone can find something they like on a breakfast menu.
But the key to a good restaurant experience with kids is keeping them occupied until the food comes. And the kids menu with crayons usually works for 15 seconds.
I also like to keep a few activities in my bag to do in places like the doctor’s office or while we wait for one sibling to take a class or play sports.
Both my kids have always loved Water Wows, which I personally think are one of the best kids’ toys inventions of this decade. We keep these in the car too.
And I snagged some tiny building shapes, sort of like these, which are awesome, but I like to have three activities in my bag because you know how kids are. They like options. *eyeroll
So since Baby V is totally into matching games lately, I thought a tiny travel matching game would be fun. I love matching games because they are fun for preschoolers but they aren’t totally boring for adults or older kids either.
I made this travel matching game all with things I already had in my craft stash so it cost me a big fat $0 which is my kind of project! But if you had to buy some of the supplies, it wouldn’t be much.
And guess what! She liked it! She played several rounds at breakfast just the other day and it was the perfect activity to keep her occupied while we were waiting!
Here’s how to make your own DIY Travel Matching Game…
- Gather your supplies
- Use your stamps and permanent ink to carefully stamp the word "match" on the fabric drawstring bag. This is a great task for kids to help with!
- If your wood tiles have any rough edges, give them a light sanding. Then choose 12 different scrapbook papers. One at a time, put a light coat of mod podge on one side of a wood tile.
- Then lay it glue side down on the BACK side of a piece of scrapbook paper. Glue two tiles per piece of scrapbook paper. Set something heavy, like a book on top of them while they dry!
- Once the mod podge has dried, carefully use your craft knife to trim away the excess paper from the tiles.
- Then give the paper side of your tiles two coats of mod podge (let dry in between) to protect the surface.
- Store the tiles in your little bag. To play the matching game, mix up your tiles and lay them all out face down on a flat surface. Take turns turning over two at a time to try and find a match!
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