Penny Press Containers

I have taken some M&M containers and Mint Containers I got from an online craft store when I sold StampinUp and created some container labels for the kids for their pressed pennies.

In each container I have 2 quarters, 1 penny repeated (we did 10 sets for each kid which cost us $20 in quarters) then I have little tins I just created labels on photo shop that say _____'s souvenirs and those are to collect all their little squished pennies. 

I plan on having a little baggie of quarters for the odd quarter squish but we are planning to stick with pennies for cheap souvenirs! My kids love coins, and love the ones we brought back from Disney World for them on our last vacation. I think they will really enjoy this!

DIY Window First Aid Kit

I apologize the photos do not allow you to see the plastic, I hope this tutorial makes sense
You need fabric and plastic table cloth cut to the desired size
 It is hard to see but here I have the plastic cut half the width and down a few inches (as the printed fabric will have a flap
 My finger pints to the top of the plastic
 fold the printed fabric right sides together with the plastic in the inside, with the edges along the side and folded edge and the bottom at the bottom edge of the printed fabric
 sew along all edges leaving the top edge (that does not boarder the plastic fabric) open and turn right side out
 you can see in this photo that the plastic is about 4 inches down from the top and the pocket is now backed with printed fabric and has the clear plastic to see the contents in the pouch
 fold in the top edge of the flap and sew along the top
 like so
 add plastic snaps (i use kam snaps)
 Here is a better view with snaps attached
 Once closed you have your pouch!
 Add desired contents and throw in the diaper bag or car!

DIY Marble Maze

I created these marble mazes for the kids for Easter. 

All you need is 2 pieces of felt (dollar store) and a marble (dollar store) map out a maze and sew the maze! Super fun and easy! Make sure you make your path large enough for the marbles. 
Great for traveling, doctors office, etc! 
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DIY Cookie Sheet Lap Desk - Part 2 Lap Desk Activities

This is Part 2 of my version of the DIY Cookie Sheet Lap Desk, 
check out DIY Cookie Sheet Lap Desk- Part 1 Making The Lap Desk Here
 Here are some of the activities I have created, copied and gathered for the lap boards I made for the kids

 I used large popsicle sticks from Walmart ($3/pack) and created these.
Above is a double sided road-train tracks for my boys
Below I added magnets to them to create shapes
 These ones I added magnets too as well they are small sticks from the dollar store
I grabbed some mini colored blocks from the craft section at our dollar store to build with. my kids love building and blocks is one of their favorite toys
 I created these games using online clip art (source found below) and magnets. I used the blocks above to make dice. There is an easy 1-6 game and a harder 1-12 game. Roll the dice and cover the numbers. 
 I made color car travel bingo using clip art off google. Printed on card stock and use magnets to block out the card for a bingo
I found this Crayola dry erase set from the dollar store, it wasn't until I ripped the box open did I realize it was made to use to slip the book of activities in and out of and you write on the clear plastic.. DOH! So I cut the box apart and just put it all in a zip lock to make it work great for the kids
 I purchased modeling clay to play with too.
 And threw in some play dough toys and play dough in a bag to play on the boards with
Pom Pom activities... (all sources listed below)

The one below I created on WORD using a table. This can be used with magnets as well
I purchased these number magnets at the dollar store
This works great for Gr 1 Math my daughter is doing right now
I a'so created the sheet below on WORD for the boys
Some toys we had... In storage I had some toys I dug out. These I purchased YEARS ago. Not even sure you can still buy them, Sorry I don't know prices or details
The kids LOVE them!
Rylan built the one below! He is addicted to these!
 Magnetic train tracks... (source below) cut and added magnets. These work great for Walmarts new mini trains that are super cheap (under $1.50) 
 The other activities I gathered for the kids for our trip don't involve the lap desks but they are great I had to share! 
 DIY sewing for Adalie, desk drawer lining, embroidery floss and a large plastic needle
I also gathered her rainbow loom, finger print doodles from Costco and her sewing kit together to add to her road trip activies that can be found HERE
Here are some other toys I foundin storage, purchased at Winners YEARS ago too... The kids love creating and building, these were right up their ally when I pulled them out!


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DIY Cookie Sheet Lap Desk - Part 1 Making The Lap Desk

I found this idea on Pinterest and LOVED the idea! As kids we used to have something similar my mom purchased for road trips. With 4 kids I love to do DIY projects that are budget friendly, and this worked out great!
What you need:
  • Cookie Sheet (I got mine at the dollar store $3)
  • Fabric (I used my stash)
  • Snaps (I used KamSnaps I used when sewing diapers)
  • Glue (I used Gorilla Glue but Super Glue may work better)
  • Stuffing (I purchased a $3 pillow at Wal-Mart, it stuffed 3.5 lap boards)
  Cut 2 pieces of fabric larger than your cookie sheet, I purchased small cookie sheets so they would fit my little kids' laps better so I didnt need much, about 2 inches around the perimeter of the sheet.
 Glue snaps on the sheet. I used gorilla glue, BUT there is a design flaw in this, the snaps did not stick all that well... so I had to re-attach them. I am going to try another glue. I initially tried hot glue and wanted to make the fabric permanently glued to the sheet but it was a complete bust. so I opted for snaps that allowed the pillow to be removed.
 Drape fabric over the sheet with the snaps up so you can mark out on your fabric where snaps go
 add the snaps...
 snaps are all on as shown
 I flipped the fabric over and traced the outside of the sheet on the fabric for the piece with snaps on it
 as shown...

I forgot to photograph the next step... take the second piece of fabric and cut it 2 inches around the smaller piece of fabric (with snaps) then pin..
 Pin the middles in on each side
 as shown, then pin along the sides and corners. there will be a gap on each side of the corner pin... this is where I put pleats
 I took the extra fabric and pushed down in the center and pinned
 as shown

 once all pinned one side will be a big bubble and one side flat
 this is a close up of the corners...
 then sew around leaving a 4 inch gap to turn right side out and fluff
 fluff the pillow and stitch around the open side
 snap it on to the sheet
 like so...
 There ya have it!
 perfect little lap pillow
 Here is another one I made. I made a total of 4, 3 for my older kids and one for my sweet nephew. He loves it!