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So I made some Game Files for travel! These would be great for a long car ride, airplane ride, or even if you have a home office and want to give your child their own filing cabinet to play while you get your work done. I tried to make them as a fun baby play activity, but also something that I could use when my children are a bit older too.
The first thing I did was locate some laminated folders for durability. I have both file folders and pocket folders. These I just made with file folders though.
The first game file I made was a gradient color, sensory game that has accompanying play questions for when my baby is older. Each square is both a different color and a different texture. I wrapped a square piece of cardboard in each fabric and then secured them with some hot glue. Finally, I put some velcro on the back of them and then velcro on the folder so they could be arranged.
Here is how I folded the fabric around the cardboard. (click anywhere but the pinterest button on the picture to enlarge).
The second file I made was all things that STRETCH!
- physical therapy band
- hair tie
- rubber bands
- pants elastic
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Kara is an author and advocate for positive, grace-filled parenting. She is homeschooler to her 5 children living on a farm in New England. She believes in creative educational approaches to help kids dive deeper into a rich learning experience and has her degree in Secondary Education & Adolescent Childhood Development. She is passionate about connecting with and helping other parents on their journey to raise awesome kids!
Great ideas. So original too. Pinned 🙂
I LOVE the Stretch File! I do a lot of traveling with my tot (which I recently blogged about), and I’m always looking for new things to take on the plane to entertain her. This would be great, especially since it would fit so easily into the diaper bag. I made a felt “book” for our last trip, which she loved because she loves sensory activities. I bet she’ll love the stretch file too. Thanks for the idea!
I am so glad that you like it! We are constantly trying to find ideas because we like to travel as a family. In fact I literally just posted some other travel ideas (http://wp.me/p45x1U-7m). Felt books are a LIFESAVER on plane rides. I hope you find lots of great resources to keep your little one constantly entertained 🙂
Great tips for parents! Pinned.