Last week we loaded the family into the minivan and headed across Wyoming to Grandma’s house. My kids are little (7, 4, and 23-month-old twins) and I wanted to do something fun for them along our journey. It’s important to Cherish Our Children even on cramped, stressed-out road trips, right?
I decided an hourly countdown—and hourly prizes—would be best.
I opened the craft closet and used what I had to construct a visible countdown for my kiddos. It turned out so cute!
Supplies I Used:
- 2 sheets of cardstock in different colors
- 2″ scalloped punch (you could use any punch or even scissors)
- Sticker numbers (you could print numbers out on your printer or draw them on the paper)
- Felt ribbon (I just happened to have a scrap of this left but the felt turned out to be perfect)
- Tiny pieces of adhesive velcro-ruff/hook side
- Lots of prizes, trinkets, and/or candy
How I Did It:
1. I cut out 27 circles with my punch in two different colors of cardstock. I put stickers on them, numbers 1-9 three times. (Our road trip was 9 hours long. One set of numbers was for the countdown, one set in one color for the prizes to our destination, and one set in a different color for on our way home.)
2. I labeled a variety of prizes (in sets of 4 for my 4 kids) with the corresponding hour/number I wanted my kids to get the prize. I raided the dollar store and snack isle for prizes. I had crackers and fruit snacks, DVDs, party favors, coloring books, stickers, small toys etc. Some of the prizes, like snacks and DVDs, I included duplicates—one for the way there and one for the way home.
I placed them all in a bag, which I never took a picture of, and packed it in the van.
4. As we traveled, I turned a number over each hour and handed out a prize!