Well the first challenge of SYTYC has came and gone, and I made it! The theme was dollar store, and I was a little nervous because I don't have a lot of experience with dollar stores, I don't live too close to any, but I found out they are a lot of fun! For this challenge I decided to make a craft to keep my kids busy in the car! I created interchangeable magnet car games using mainly dollar store items.
- 12 inch metal platter (it has about a 1" lip around the edge)
- ABC magnets (SCORE!)
- Dinosaur figures
- Decorative towels
- craft magnets
- magnet paper
- Printables (Free from me!)
Hopefully at the dollar store, or maybe in your stash, you find some material or towel material to make a bag to store your magnetic games and pieces in.
TIPS: You can do this step anyway that you want to fit the tray you purchased. I modge podged a main game into each tray, and you can put additional games on top. If I were to do this over again. I WOULD NOT DECOUPAGE paper to the tray. I love Modge Podge, but the extra thickness of the paper makes it so it is not as magnetic. I might paint it. Then you can place each game on top of the tray, and it will make it more magnetic.
Also when you print out the base of each of your game, print it out on light copy paper. The thinner it is, the more magnetic it will be. I covered each game with clear contact paper, but you could laminate it.
I made game pieces by painting craft magnets and adding stickers. Each kid has their own color so I
I also used magnetic printer paper a lot. It is a little pricey but you can buy it at walmart. If I was not worried about price I might even make the base of the game out of magnet paper as well.
CAR GAMES: What I love most about this project is how flexible it is. I made six games to fit in the trays I purchased at the dollar store, but can keep adding. I have plans to add tic tac toe, and a car track. I will provide links and brief summary of how I put together each game. The games I made include:
Printables: Please not these are not perfect, this was good time experimenting getting the background away from objects! Click on the image to print or go to the photo album HERE.
Road Trip Bingo: I have the Homemaking Expert to thank for this bingo game. I adapted her bingo game, to fit my circular trays. You can find her free bingo printables HERE.
Find That Car Color: Kids will have fun spinning the spinner to find out which color of car they have. For this game simply attach the spinner with a brad, and let the kids go at it. I put contact paper over the brad to make it more durable. Click on the image to print or go to the photo album HERE.
Funny Face: My kids have a great time mixing and matching face shapes! Simply print out the base, laminate it, and print out the face shapes on magnetic printer paper. Sorry some of the quality of images (mainly noses and eyes) are not very good. I went over the top of some of the pixilated images with a sharpie. Click on the image to print or go to the photo album HERE.
ABC Match: I was thrilled when I found ABC magnets at the dollar store (Dollar General I think). These printables have lowercase letters which they can match to the uppercase magnets. I mounted the sheets on thin scrapbook paper. Click on the image to print or go to the photo album HERE.
My kids love these games! I love the fact that everything is contained in a bag. The rule in my car is you can't go out until everything is in the bag!
Homemade magnet car game console..............................$6.75 each
A happy car ride...............................................................priceless!
I like to LINK at these fabulous parties!