I first posted about these felt travel games over three years ago (!) and we still regularly tuck them into our car bags for long trips. These tutorials for how to make them yourself originally posted over on Classic Play last summer, but with the holidays and long car rides to "grandmas" I thought I'd bring them back home and share them here with you today. They are small and portable for the car or restaurant and easy to make. Whether you've got tiny babies or bigger kiddos, there's a game for you! And, while you're at it, why not make a miniature traveling family too!
We are slowly beginning preparations for our summer vacation. Which also means that we are slowly making preparations for the long car trip that we need to take to get to our vacation spot...
It is sure to be a car trip filled with bathroom breaks, "are we there yets?" and maybe a little whining. Let's face it whether it's by plane, train, or automobile the time spent getting to vacation can occasionally be difficult and stressful. We don't have a DVD player for the car so we rely a lot on small and portable games and activities to keep the kiddos busy and content in the back seat, including these simple felt DIYs which have come on several trips with us over the years.
A "lift the flap book" for babies and toddlers is simple and fun. It helps with color and animal recognition (although you can put something different than animals under the flaps.) and it's a lot like peekaboo!
I started by printing animal pictures onto t-shirt transfer paper and then transferred those photos onto white muslin. Each photo is about 3"x 2".
Next, cut two pieces of fabric and one piece of Fusible interfacing (medium weight, I used Pellon Craft Fuse Fusible Interfacing) 9" x 14". Fuse the craft fuse to the wrong side of your back fabric. Arrange animals onto the right side of your front fabric and sew onto fabric. Sew two small pieces of velcro near the edges on the short sides (this allows the flap "board" to fold and close like a "book").
Cut squares of felt large enough to cover animal pictures, place over pictures and sew along the top edge.
Place your two pieces of 9" x 14" fabric with right sides facing, sew around the edge with a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving a 3" opening along one of the long sides. Trim edges and clip corners. Flip right side out, press and then top stitch along the edge, being sure to sew up your opening as well. And you are done! Loads of fun for little ones!
Traveling Felt Board
Another super simple felt travel toy for toddlers, a simple felt board...
I made mine small (about paperback book size) for maneuverability in a car seat.
Cut two pieces of felt plus one piece of fusible interfacing (medium weight, I used Pellon Craft Fuse Fusible Interfacing) to 6"x9". Cut an additional piece of felt that is 6"x 4" for the pocket. Sandwich interfacing between your 6"x9" felt pieces, lay the 6"x4" piece on top and sew all pieces together, trim edges.
Cut felt shapes, people, etc...and tuck them into the pocket. Voila! A simple travel felt board with it's own pocket to carry around felt pieces.
And, one more felt game, this one is for kids who are a little bit older, preschoolers and up...tic tac toe...
Cut one square of felt 7"x7". Cut 4 strips of contrasting felt 7"x 1/4". Sew strips onto felt square to make a grid.
Cut two more pieces of felt 3"x7" and 2"x7" to make a pocket. Sew a small piece of velcro in the center of one 7" side of one piece of felt. Sew the other the other part of the velcro onto one 7" side of the other piece. Flip felt square over to the wrong side sew the 3"x7" rectangle along three sides (leaving the top edge, with velcro, open) to the wrong side of your large square with the velcro away from the outside edge. Line up your 2"x7" felt piece to overlap the bottom part of the pocket, sew onto large felt square along the top edge.
Attach two pieces of ribbon about 9" long in the center along the bottom of your pocket and in the center of the opposite side. Cut 12 felt circles about 1 1/2" in diameter, 6 felt O's and 6 felt X's. Stitch X's and O's onto your circles. Load them into the pocket...
tie it up...
and you are ready to take your tic tac toe on the road...
There you have it...with a bit of felt, a sewing machine and odds and ends, you can make a few perfectly portable travel ready activities to keep you and your little ones happy while you are on your way to your vacation!
I can't guarantee that there won't be the occasional "Are we there yet?", but maybe there will fewer anyway.