Something that’s always hard for my kids when we’re in the car for a long period of time is having a flat spot on their laps to eat snacks, play with toys or especially color or write on. You can buy special travel trays or lap boards for use with car seats and booster seats, but I figured I could make something serviceable for a lot less money, and I was right.
I picked up two quarter-sheet sized baking sheets (so half the size of a standard home baking pan) from the dollar store for, you guessed it, one dollar each. These trays would probably not work all that well for baking since they’re quite thin (although unhelpfully labeled as “heavyweight”) but the fact that they’re light makes them more useful here, and they’re still stiffer than a disposable aluminum pan.
Next I bought two sheets of felt from the craft store (for a whopping .29 cents each), and glued one sheet to each pan – I did have to trim the long side of the felt so that it would fit a bit better, but I really didn’t even have to do that.
So for $2.58 + tax I ended up with two kids travel trays, and if I get motivated I could even make some little felt games for the kids, since the back side of the trays could double as a felt board. Tic Tac Toe would be a fun and easy one.