On the Road Travel Tray

We've spent a lot of time in the car these past eight months. Actually, that is probably an understatement. Based on the number of miles we've added to our odometer since DaddyO returned (16,000) with an average mile/minute, then 266 hours would be more precise. Thankfully both kiddos are road warriors, they actually look forward to embarking on road trips. Part of that is due to the fact that they have a lot of fun while in the back seat. 

With our upcoming 40 plus hour drive cross country I wanted to provide them with something new and fun to do while driving and thought a travel tray would be great! Amazon has them for around $25, but why buy one when it's a snap to make one at home?

These blogs gave me some great ideas and I used them to come up with my own system.

Between cleaning, remodeling, and packing, Avia and I made a magnetic travel tray for the kids.

We sized them up in their seats.


And made a pillow and pockets to hold the tray out of an old pillowcase.

We gave the tray a test run on our "short" drive up to PA.  It was a big success with both kids. CJ loved the fact that his cars stayed on his lap.

And his magnetic letters stuck.

Now I just have to start filling up the pockets with goodies for a our "long" trip.

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