Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Elmer’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Are you taking any road trips this summer? I know we are gearing up for our first one next week! The kids are so excited because we are headed to the beach! WooHoo! But, the 9 hour road trip with the 3 younger girls means we need to keep them busy. Therefore, we came up with an idea: a road trip activity bag.
Kid’s Road Trip Activity Bag
My 9 year old, JJ, is the queen of crafts around here, so I gave her the job of finding ideas for our kid’s road trip activity bag. The only stipulation she had that at least two of the projects needed to include Elmer’s® School Glue Naturals™. She was up for the challenge and set out to make a list. We were then able to pick up all of the supplies we needed at either the local dollar store and hobby store. I love that she kept her crafts budget friendly and easy. She knows me all too well!
The only item we did not pick up at the store was the Road Trip Bingo. We had that from a previous trip but never got to use it. I think it will come in handy on this 9 hour road trip. Between that game and the license plate game JJ made, the girls should be occupied with eyes on the road. Oh, and the license plate game? Super easy.
Take a paper plate and write each of the 50 states around the edge. Decorate the middle as you desire. Make slits in the outside rim of the plate around the name of each state. As you spot a license plate from each state, simply fold that name down and keep looking. See how many you can get on each road trip and enjoy the ride.
The next fun activity JJ found was Funny Felt Faces. This required a bit more work from me… but it was comical to do at least. We grabbed 4 different colors of felt, pair of scissors, and our Elmer’s School Glue Naturals. We then cut out 2 different face shapes and various parts of the face: eyes, mouth, mustaches, eyebrows and hair. We used the glue to add dimension to the eyes and mouths with layers.
The object of the activity is then to grab a face and interchange the various face parts. You can be just as silly as your imagination and the felt facial features allow you to be. The girls are already having fun with this one!
Travel Tic Tac Toe
Perhaps the most fun came when we made the Travel Tic Tac Toe game. You need to try this one (watch for small parts with younger kids):
- metal tin
- small magnets
- scrapbook paper
- Elmer’s School Glue Naturals
- Trace tin on scrapbook paper for proper fitting. Cut, draw Tic Tac Toe grid with marker and glue inside empty tin.
- Trace magnets onto alternating colors of scrapbook paper. Cut out shapes. Glue paper to top of magnet.
- Play Tic Tac Toe in the car without worrying about losing the pieces or having them move during play.
Along with the lace cards we picked up and the $1 bag we grabbed, the girls have a complete road trip activity bag. Throw in a book or two and they should be set!
Elmer’s School Glue Naturals
Why use Elmer’s School Glue Naturals? Well, although it is not 100% natural and green, Elmer’s is working in the right direction with a more eco-friendly product.
Elmer’s pourable School Glue Naturals consists of 99% natural ingredients. The primary ingredient in the adhesive is plants, specifically American-grown corn—a rapidly renewable resource. The bottle is made from 25 percent post-consumer recycled materials and the label contains 20 percent recycled paper, is printed with soy-based ink and is applied with a natural rubber adhesive.
Plus, the Naturals Glue Stick formula consists of more than 88 percent natural ingredients. I think the numbers are pretty impressive. Plus, Elmer’s is looking to fill a need and will continue to develop their traditional glues.
Elmer’s School Glue Naturals will be available nationwide in JoAnn Fabric stores in April 2013 and Michaels stores in May 2013.