Hello! I created The Trip Clip® when I needed something to keep my kids busy at the grocery store. When I realized how much they liked having their own list and clipboard, I started creating more Activities to keep them busy at restaurants, on road trips, on plane trips, even at each other’s soccer games. Check out all the printable activities for kids that The Trip Clip® has to offer:
This blog will tell you about updates to The Trip Clip®, introduce you to fun ways others are using the Trip Clip, and give you some insights into what it’s been like for me to create it.
Week 43: Practice Writing at the Grocery Store
I have one of those kids who hates doing worksheets just for the sake of doing worksheets. He really wants it to mean something. So I tried to give him practice with real world experiences whenever possible, like with this Letter Tracing Grocery List:
You can make a short version of your list for your kids, and use it with The Trip Clip Clipboard and Pen to make it easy to bring the activity to the grocery store. Your kids can “write” the grocery list, and tell you what to buy at the same time. After watching you write your grocery list for years, you may be surprised by how important it makes them feel to be able to write the list themselves.
If you want to add more learning in, you can also use the Write a Story activity to print a blank writing page. Then ask your child to find and write down the price of each item on their list. You can even have older kids add up the total cost of the items on their list.
There is no shortage of ways to make a trip to the grocery store educational. Check out this blog post I wrote if you want more ideas for how to make grocery shopping with your kids educational – and fun!
Week 42: Learning Foreign Languages With Word Search Puzzles
The Trip Clip word search puzzle maker will let you create puzzles with any words you want to use – which means you can use them for some foreign language practice! Here are examples of 9×9 puzzles with words for color in German, French, and Spanish.
Make your own puzzles with vocabulary words in any language you want!
You can make them simpler with smaller puzzles (5×5) or more difficult with larger puzzles (15×15) that fit longer words.
Week 41: Learning Life Skills With Chores Bingo
You can create your own Chores Bingo Board at http://www.thetripclip.com. This is a great way to get your kids to do some chores and keep it fun. Unlike daily assigned chores, this bingo board mixes it up a little, so kids try (and learn) different jobs. It works surprisingly well for spreading the work load and keeping it interesting.
Start by choosing the chores you want to put on the board. Make sure that you keep the chores age appropriate – this list from The Trip Clip is a great place to look for ideas:
Once you’ve made your Bingo board, there are a number of ways you can use it to keep your kids engaged and get those chores done!
- 5 in a line – ask them to pick 5 chores in a row or column to do over the course of a week. If they’re like my kids, they will do everything they can to optimize this, but you’ll still get some work out of them. The next week you can create a different BINGO board.
- Roll for it – have your kids roll two dice every day to determine which of the 25 chores they will do that day. The first dice tells you the row #, the second one tells you the column #. If either of the dice is a 6, treat it as a wild card – the child can choose! And two 3’s means they’re off the hook🙂.
- Family BINGO – challenge the whole family (parents included) to complete the board in a week. Every morning you take turns picking your chore for the day, and cross it off once it’s been chosen. By the end of the week, even the chores no one wants to do will get done. The kids especially like this one because they like it when the grownups have to do chores too.
- Pay for chores – it never hurts to bribe your kids a little, right? Offer them some money (a quarter? a dollar?) for each chore on the board they complete, and a bonus for finishing the whole board. Money is surprisingly motivating!
If you have other ideas for how to use the Chores Bingo Board with your kids, leave them in the comments below. I’d love to hear your ideas!
Week 40: Reading & Writing Practice at the Grocery Store
This alphabet game from The Trip Clip is a great way to keep your kids entertained at the grocery store, and they’ll be practicing letter recognition, first letter sounds, writing, and spelling skills!
To play this game, have your child find an item somewhere in the grocery store that begins with each letter. They might find Tomatoes, for the T, or Rice for the R. Once they find an item, they can write it down on the list. For younger kids, they can use the labels on the items or the packaging to copy all the letters so that they can spell the word correctly.
This is a fun twist on a scavenger hunt for the grocery store- you’ll be surprised by how much fun your kids have with it.
Week 39: Learn Healthy Habits with Walk to School BINGO
International Walk to School Day is Oct 5! Walking to school helps kids concentrate during the day, reduces traffic, is great exercise, and helps the environment.
And a great way to encourage kids to walk is to give them this Walk to School Bingo Board:
With The Trip Clip’s Custom Bingo Board, you can create your own walk to school week bingo board to encourage your kids to make walking a habit. You can also customize the board to make it appropriate for your neighborhood, or for your kids. You can focus on safety, or fun, or community, or whatever is best for you and your family!
Week 38: Practice Problem Solving with Mazes!
Mazes are great for teaching kids problem solving skills. They need to plan ahead, come up with different strategies, and keep different paths in their head. As a bonus, mazes are also great hand-eye coordination and handwriting practice!
The great thing about the mazes from The Trip Clip is that you can make them as easy or as difficult as you like. Younger kids can practice their writing and problem solving skills just like older ones can. And a completely new maze is generated every time you refresh the page, so you can print an endless supply of mazes for your kids!
These also work great when paired with a kid-sized clipboard from The Trip Clip.
The 4-color click-pen can be great for encouraging your kids to improve their skill with the mazes. Each time your child gets stuck, have them switch pen colors and go back to the last decision point. If theycan do it all in a single color (no mistakes), they’re an expert! If theyneed all 4 pen colors before they find the right path, challenge themto do the next one with just 3 colors.
This is a great way to help your kids work on improving their problem solving skills by getting them to work on beating their own best score. They’ll gain confidence too!
Week 37: Learn a Foreign Language while Grocery Shopping
Get in a little Spanish practice at the grocery store with a Lista de Compras! Try it with any other language you like.
The Trip Clip lets you edit the the title of the list, and the text next to every picture. So you can easily turn a trip to the grocery store into some fun vocabulary practice in any language you like!