As we sat in a restaurant last night with our almost 3 year old and 16 month old, I was reminded how I could really use something to keep these boys occupied while we wait for food. The youngest is at the stage that he’s throwing everything on the floor when he’s done, so needless to say we made friends with (they may choose different words to describe our encounter) the people sitting around us, as the toys rolled to their feet time and time again. So my point here is, he’s hopeless right now unless the toy actually attaches to him, so this craft is not for him, but it may be for you…
This craft is a play-set that is perfect for when you are on the go. It’s great for those hours in waiting rooms, in the car, restaurants, auto shop, and so on. I thought this one up when I had purchased a set of small My Little Pony’s for a cake order I had. I needed the unicorns from the set for the cake, but then decided to go a different direction with the cake so therefor had the pony’s left over. The girl I was making the cake for is my husband’s goddaughter, so we also wanted to get her a gift for her birthday besides the cake, so I started thinking about what I could do with the ponys. That’s when I thought of my fabulous laminator my mother-in-law got me, and the leftover pencil bags from my Puzzle Organization post, and whala…I thought up a fun little travel toy to make Miss Addison.
This could be done using any small figure set. See the bottom of the post for some small figures I found online that you could order and use. I plan to make some other versions for my kids, so I’ll be sure to update this post with photos of those as well to help give you ideas.
- 1 Bag – I used a zipping pencil bag
- laminator and laminating sheets
- small toys
- glue & scissors/cutter
- Images to Print (search to find what you want – or DOWNLOAD THESE)
First I searched the internet for cute images to use. I used Google and then the Images option. You can get mine here in a PDF format, or just search the web for your own. You will need to print these to whatever size you want them to be to fit in your bag. Mine are 8.5 X 5.5. Card-stock paper is your best option to make it sturdy, but regular paper works too. I only had colored card stock at the time, so i printed on regular white paper, and then put a piece of the colored card-stock in between the papers to add some sturdiness.
Once you print them, you will cut them down to whatever size you want. I left no border. Then you will laminate them. Open the sheet, set two down then put some glue on the back, place the other two on top of the glue, then close the sheet and run it through the laminator. Once it’s out let it cool and then cut them in half. You will then have 4 scenes from one sheet, two sheets front and back.
That’s it! Then gather it all and put it in the bag. Just keep the bag (several of them for all of the kids) in your car and as you are running into places, grab a bag or two to take with for them to play. Then when you leave, put it back in the car for next time. This way they are always handy, and the kids only get to play with them when they are out, making it more fun/special to get to play them, in turn keeping them quiet and occupied when you need them to be. 😉
Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions!