I also wanted to mention one other little idea that I came up with to keep the children happy when we are in the car.
This really comes in handy when you are on a drive because they can reach lots of things themselves and they have a place to store all their treasures (without junk rolling all over the car.)
It also works to hold any garbage and the best part is this entire thing will set you back just $.77! Yeah!
Home Depot sells little canvas aprons for just $.77. These can be found with the tool belts usually on the bottom self. I love these aprons. I recently used one of these to hold things when I volunteered to help with art at VBS.
It was super handy to have Sharpies, the schedule, my phone etc… all in one spot.
These aprons have a bunch of other uses. I once wrapped a birthday gift for my Dad in brown craft paper and used this apron as a ribbon around the box. I tucked his birthday card and a few other small trinkets inside. It was really cute and very original.
Here is a cute way that Sew Many Ways did a similiar gift wrap. Fun right?
Photo Credit: Butterfly Wishes
And I have seen lots of Construction themed birthday parties where these were used as favor bags. Just add a few little trinkets and candy and you have something really cute for the kiddos.
So I decided to use my apron in the car to hold pens, books, notebooks, sunglasses, snacks and more…
I just used some paint I had (just craft paint not even fabric paint) and covered up the logo and then added Googley eyes to make it more fun. I wasn’t feeling especially inspired here but you might be able to come up with something cuter.
So then I just tied the strings around the car seat (and these lay flat so they aren’t annoying to the person sitting in that seat.)
Both my 4 year old and 5 year old are in car seats and they were able to reach this perfectly. I didn’t have to adjust the seats at all.
My kids love to have all their little things right at their fingertips so this worked really well for us.
You can see lots more easy DIY ideas on my Pinterest board here.
AND if you can use a few things at Home Depot (and who can’t!)- here is a $5 off $50 Home Depot coupon.