Since my daughter is now three, keeping her busy in-flight or on the road takes a little bit more than just dolls or tag blankets. Now, we’re into coloring and other activities. I’ve been seeing some DIY activity travel kits on Pinterest and was particularly interested in the one that involved upcycling DVD cases for this purpose. So, I tried it myself and here’s what I came up with:
My DIY travel art kit in 4 steps:
Step 1: Get a clean DVD case and remove the raised part that holds the CD. You can use a craft knife or a cutter for this:
Step 2: Make sure that you cover the plastic outer cover when cutting so you don’t cut clean through. You would need this plastic cover to hold your new outer cover:
Cover the hole with a cardboard or a chip board covered with craft paper/scrapbook paper or even some cool fabric. Cover a small piece of cardboard and place this on top to use it to hold coloring pencils. I just used some pieces of double sided tape to put this part together.
Step 4: On the other side, insert some blank pieces of paper or some prints for coloring. (Not in picture), using the old DVD slip, cut a piece of scrapbooking paper in the same size to act as the cover.
I can’t wait to insert some coloring pencils on the right side. I’ve given this to my daughter to see how well she’ll like it, and so far she’s showing a lot of interest.
I’m pretty proud of my little project which only took about an hour. The difficult part is really just removing the raised part because there was a lot of cutting involved with a pretty dull cutter. But everything was pretty much done in a jiffy.
On another note, my daughter also got to try Primomo Washable Crayons courtesy of Mommy Bloggers Philippines. We got the set with egg-shaped crayons. Each “egg” has two interlocking pieces so you can mix and match the colors.
At first, I though my daughter would have a hard time using it since she is already used to holding regularly shaped crayons and pens. But, after a few minutes with it, she had no problem adjusting to the unique shape.
These are made made in Japan and are non-toxic. As a mom, what I love about it is the fact that it is erasable (yes, I’ve had one too many encounters with crayons on the wall that I had to erase with soapy water). The set comes with an eraser (that white flower-shaped thing) that works well both on paper and on the walls. Hehe.
The colors are not as vibrant as the usual wax crayon, so it takes a bit of effort to really get the color on paper. But, with nice, smooth texture (read: non-sticky feeling) plus the crayon itself being washable more than makes up for it.
I also love the light floral scent of the crayons. According to the packaging, they use food-grade fragrances, so that’s a plus on my book. The manufacturers really went all out on the safety factor. The shape and the holes on each piece make it safer for kids in case the crayon gets accidentally lodged in a toddler’s mouth.
But truth be told, my daughter enjoyed manipulating the crayons more as building blocks of sorts than using it as crayons. That’s good news for me! I’d love to take this along on one of our trips to keep her busy. One, I would feel more confident letting her use it when we’re in hotels since it is erasable. Two, it doubles as an activity aside from being a coloring material. She spent about an hour stacking and un-stacking the parts and putting different color combinations together. Really a great find.