Backseat Travel Tray

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Total Time 1 hour Ages all-ages

Serve up some backseat fun on your next road trip -- a tray full of magnetic games and drawing supplies.

What you'll need

  • Baking sheet
  • Plain white Con-Tact paper
  • Magnetic tape
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Ribbon
  • Plain paper
  • Markers
  • Buttons
  • Pocket-style file folder

How to make it

  1. To start, cover the cooking surface of a baking sheet with plain white Con-Tact paper to serve as a drawing board.

  2. Affix pieces of magnetic tape to several dry-erase markers. For an eraser, tightly tie one end of a piece of ribbon to a small cloth square and the other end to the hole in the baking sheet handle.

  3. For additional games, draw a checkerboard, simple crossword puzzles, or bingo-style scorecards of things to look for (a tractor, a sailboat, or a horse, for example) on sheets of plain paper. You can even turn buttons into game pieces by sticking magnetic tape to the backs.

  4. Finally, create a handy storage place for your games by applying strips of magnetic tape to the back of a pocket-style file folder and attaching it to the back of the baking sheet.

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