Paige Hemmis shows you great ways to keep the entire family entertained during the summer travel days.

DIY Tic-Tac-Toe

  • Small burlap bag
  • Small smooth skipping rocks (10)
  • Paint pen or Sharpie


DIY Tic-Tac-Toe:
1. With a sharpie, draw on an empty burlap bag the background of a tic-tac-toe game.

2. With your skipping rocks, write 5 x’s and 5 o’s

Tip: Put a piece of paper or cardboard in the burlap bag before you draw the background of the game so that it doesn’t run through to the other side.

DIY Travel Checkers:
1. Measure out a checkers board on the outside of your burlap bag. I am using 1” pieces of Velcro to mark each spot on the checker board, and we need 64 squares for a game – 8 across and 8 down, so that would be 8” across and 8” down, though you may want to leave a little space if your checker pieces are slightly bigger than your Velcro.

2. Mark the areas with a pencil and ruler so that you have a grid.

3. Lay out the SOFT side of the Velcro on the burlap bag. Attach with self-adhesive backing they come on, or hot glue if you need some extra hold.

4. Put the teeth/scratchy part of the Velcro on each of your wooden checker pieces.

5. When you play, keep the burlap bag open/laid flat. When you want to pack up, roll the pieces inside the bag and secure with a cute ribbon (optional since the burlap bag will tie up).

If you want more of the checkerboard look, you can paint the squares on the front of the burlap or use ribbon to delineate the squares.

DIY Words with Family:
1. Take out any matting and glass from the 12x12 frame.

2. Insert the 12x12 piece of metal

3. Take your scrabble pieces and superglue a small magnet on the back of each one. Set aside to dry.

4. Take your scrabble trays and put the magnetic tape strip on the front side. Use scissors to cut to the exact size.

5. When you are playing the game, use the burlap bag to hold the scrabble tiles.

6. When you are finished playing, put everything in the bag and close it up!

Definitely use super glue instead of hot glue for this project. The super glue will hold a stronger bond than the hot glue (hot glue will release the magnet when it feels any resistance).

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