We are going south for Christmas this year. My lovely in-laws live in Texas, so we're driving down to visit for a couple weeks. Yes, driving. The drive from MT to TX will take us 2 1/2 days. That's a lot of time in the car for my 5 and 7 y.o. kids. I've been brainstorming on ways to make the time in the car more tolerable for everyone.
I was looking for quiet yet engaging activities my kids could do in the car when I ran across this pinterest pin:
The idea behind these little guys is that a marble is inserted inside the pouch. Your kids can then push the marble through the path or maze that was top-stitched on the pouch. The results: a quiet interactive toy you can whip out of your purse at a moment's notice. Cool, eh? The original post is by Jeanine and Amy of Serving Pink Lemonade can be found HERE. There entire blog is a real treat for parents of young children, filled with all sorts of cool kid-friendly projects. Please check it out and show them some love.
I made a bigger, more complicated version of their maze game in hopes that it will occupy my kids' minds that much longer. Fingers crossed! Here's how I did it:
- A rectangle of fabric. I used a medium weight cotton measuring 12" by 20".
- Tear away stabilizer. I used Sulky Totally Stable Iron-On Tear Away.
- A marble. I used a plastic marble from my kids' Hungry Hippo game.
- Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, thread, iron, scissors, etc.
I cut out a piece of tear-away stabilizer to fit over the fabric. I had to overlap two pieces in order to make it large enough.
I drew a 1 inch grid on the stabilizer and used it to draw a maze.
I ironed the maze drawing onto the fabric and stitched over every line.
I removed the stabilizer.
Ricochet's Maze Game Rules:
Simply move the marble from one star to the next. Count Mississippi's until the circuit has been completed. Play again and try to beat your previous Mississippi count.
Starting at the first letter of your first name, move the marble through the maze, spelling out you first and last names. Try it again with your sibling's name. Try it again spelling any words you can come up with using the letters on hand.
Flip over the maze, hiding the letters and stars. Pretend your marble is mouse searching for food. Make sure your mouse searches every nook and cranny for food.
Hopefully I can come up with some more games and create a couple more mazes for them to play with before we leave. Fingers crossed that this will make our long drive more bearable!
Happy Crafting and big hugs from Montana,