DIY Kid’s Car Activity Kit

If you look in the backseat of my car, you will see markers… everywhere.  Green crayola markers on the floor.  Brown crayola markers in the cup holder with the cap off.  A red Crayola marker under the seat gradually bleeding it’s way into the carpet.

My daughter is an artist.  She is five and has already determined her direction in life – creating art… lots of it! Anywhere and at any time.

She loves making crafts, experimenting and creating.  When we got our first Kiwi Crate, she immediately dove in.  Building carnival games and testing methods of ball trajectory.   Kiwi Crate also had the added bonus of having the materials for every projected contained in one small kit.

If you haven’t tried Kiwi Crate before, you definitely need to check it out.

As moms. anything we find that is portable, easy and educational, we latch onto to! Yes?

But we also need ways to contain the chaos for all the supplies our kids need to follow their dreams.

Thus,  I made a kid’s travel art kit that fits in my purse and won’t leave markers all over my car.  Here’s how I did it.

Kid’s Travel Art Kit Instructions

First, you will need:

  • an empty DVD case
  • Exact-o knife
  • Self-healing cutting sheet
  • Fabric (2 feet worked perfectly)
  • Fabric glue (I used Liquid Stitch)
  • Cardboard scraps
  • 12 Colored Pencils
  • Paper

First, I took an empty DVD case and cut out the circular part that holds the DVD. cutting-hole-dvdThis was the hardest part of the entire project.  I placed the cutting pad in between the black plastic shell and the front plastic sheath.  If I didn’t, my Exact-o knife would have cut a hole in the cover of the case.  Not very pretty.  I ran my Exact-o knife back and forth, around the circle, gently sawing my way through, until finally…

hole-dvd-caseVictory!!  Next, I cut my cardboard to fit in that half of the DVD case.  Make sure to leave at least a quarter-inch between the edge of the cardboard and the case.  If you fail to (which I did, my first try), your art case will not snap shut.

cardboard-art-kitThen, I cut a piece a fabric about an inch larger on each side than the cardboard.  I glued this fabric to the cardboard with Liquid Stitch (found at Michaels).

liquid-stitch-cardboardI then cut another piece of fabric about the same size as the first.

fabric-largerI folded this piece in half and arranged it as the colored pencil pouch.

colored-pencils-pouchMake sure to place your colored pencils inside before gluing down this fabric to the back of your cardboard.  I flipped all of this over and glued some more!

flip-over-glue-downOnce secure, I glued the entire contraption into the DVD case.  I also cut some paper to fit under the little black, plastic clip.

kids-art-kitMy daughter then decorated the backside of the original DVD title sheet and I slipped that into the plastic sheet on the front of the case.

outside-art-kitWe left on a 3-hour road trip that afternoon, so Llama used her new art kit in the car.

Using-art-kitIt was awesome and amazing!  Best of all, no more homeless markers littering my car.

If you loved this and want more fun, easy activities for your kids, definitely look into Kiwi Crate.  All of the activities are STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) aligned so that our kids are learning while they’re playing!

If you are traveling soon, you may also want to pack:Great suggestions to keep a toddler and six-year-old happy on a plane and how to organize it all! Also include App recommendations for a toddler and a cool way to get apps for cheap for older kids.
Kids and hunger are always a bad idea when you are traveling. This post lists healthy snacks to pack that will not spoil as well as other helpful traveling tips to keep your young ones happy.

For more great DIY kids activities, try our DIY Light Sabers or how to make a lava lamp.

JoAnn Crohn

CEO/Founder at No Guilt Mom
JoAnn Crohn, M. Ed is a parenting educator and life coach who helps moms feel confident in raising empowered, self-sufficient kid while pursuing their own goals & passions.

She’s an accomplished writer, author, podcast host of the No Guilt Mom podcast, and speaker who appears in national media. Work with her personally in Balance VIP

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    1. Thanks! It was pretty easy to do – except for cutting the circle out of the DVD case. I seriously had to remind myself that I have a Masters and that I am smarter than the DVD case.

  1. This is the coolest idea! Easy to make and I can tell my kids will both love one. I have some really cute fabric I can use too! Stopping by from #Sitssharefest – I hope you have a great weekend! Excited to be your newest follower 🙂

  2. I think this is what I look forward to when I have kids…. DIY fun stuff making 🙂 This is a fab idea and I just love the little paper notepad in the art kit. 🙂

  3. to make cutting through the plastic easier try heating your knife in a flame it then glides through, you have to reheat several times and it makes a mess of your blade but these are easily replaced. I have a blade just for heating and cutting plastic.

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