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Friday, August 5, 2011

Coloring in the Car Solution

So my dear sweet husband drove to Houston to visit his parents with the girls by himself.  I had a girls weekend at my house with my 2 best friends from college.  A "staycation" of laying out by the pool, drinking wine and talking (lots of talking).

When we are in the car, the girls always are dropping their crayons.  If I am there also, I can typically reach them but with only one person, there would be no way to get them.  So I came up with this contraption.  They may have things like this out there but I just tried to do a simple solution with things I already had in my house.
  • 1 kid size bracelet
  • 6 pieces of yarn about 1 foot each
  • crayons - one of each rainbow color
I had to make 2 of these for each girl.  I just tied all 6 pieces to the bracelet and the other end to each crayon.  My husband said it worked wonderfully.  They just slipped the bracelet on when they wanted to color and if they dropped a crayon, they could retrieve it themselves.  I wouldn't suggest it for younger kids (mine are 3) because the yarn can come off the crayons if you try.  I guess you could glue them for more durability.

Anyone else have some great car trip solutions?  I am always looking for things that make our drives easier with trying to minimize TV time.


  1. This is very clever. I think I might give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  2. How smart is this? I never would have thought of it and I love it! I'm saving it in an inspiration folder so I don't forget it in the future. I found your blog through the kojodesigns link party.

    Brie from

  3. That is the best idea I've heard in a long time. Thanks so much for sharing it. I'll be making them for all the kiddos I know that go on road trips.

  4. That's a great idea!!! My nieces and nephews are always dropping toys and what not in the car! These would be great for all sorts of car entertainment! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays! Can't wait to see what you link up next time!

  5. Amazing and will save my back on our next beach trip!

  6. very clever.. Loved the idea.. Thank you for linking into Colours Dekor.. totally made my day! Hope to see you again next monday!!

  7. What a great idea! My daughter is always loosing them and then crying because she can't find them.

    I'd love for you to share it on my "Crafts for Under Twenty Somethings" Thursday blog hop. Hope to see you Thursday!


  8. That's pretty much the best idea ever. I don't even have kids and I think it's a fabulous idea. I remember constantly dropping things on long car trips as a kid (even now I think I ought to have things attached). Kudos for such a simple clever solution!

  9. I'm visiting from Tip Junkie. That is a fantastic, ingenious idea.

  10. What a great idea....totally loved it! Will try it with my 2 year old.

  11. Very cleaver idea! My kids will love it.Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  12. I just Love this idea!!!

    when we go out for family meals, i normally take a coloring book and crayons, but the kids are constantly on the floor picking them up. Defo going to try this!!

    I would also love it if you could link this up to my new link party Serenity Saturday over at


  13. I love this! So much in fact, that I featured it on my monthly round-up of cool things on the web. Thank you for sharing!

    (you can find the link here if you're interested:)

  14. Forget the car, I'm a first grade teacher and I'd love to make these to attach to the students' desks! What a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!


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