I like to use art and creative activities to keep my kids engaged and happy in general, but especially on trips.
I have put together portable art kits for road trips and even for around town errands. But now that we’re about to fly across the country to Oregon, where I grew up, I am making even more compact art kits. I want something the kids can slip into their backpacks that will help keep them entertained on the long flight.
The basic components are my new Travel Art Activity Pack, of course (a set of drawing prompt printables and travel activities), some markers, a rainbow colored pencil, and some stickers, all held in a slim plastic case that can double as a lap desk. Pretty basic.
If you have some traveling coming up, you might like to make one too. (And just FYI, I include some alternatives to my Travel Art Activity Pack below.)
Here’s what I recommend for a basic travel art kit for kids.
This minimalist version is slim and lightweight, perfect for slipping into a backpack or bookbag to bring on an airplane.
Note :: For the travel art kits I made for my kids, I used a couple of clipboards with storage cases (shown in these photos). They are from Target (Up and Up brand), cost $9.79 each, and found in the office supply section. You can also buy similar “clipboards with storage” online.
If you want a more extensive travel art kit, here are some additional ideas.
This bigger travel art kit is better for road trips, hotels, and grandparents houses. Include all of the above, plus any of the following, in a larger box or bag
*I have linked to my Travel Art Activity Pack in this post, which I have to admit I think is pretty great, but there are plenty of other options you can include in your travel art kit alongside the art materials.
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