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I’m glad you found The Trip Clip® blog! I’ll post here about new activities and clipart, fun ways to use The Trip Clip products, and about life as a Tech Mom.  I love to hear from others, so leave a comment any time!

 

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Hanging Your Magnet Board

Your Trip Clip Magnet Board can hang on any magnetic surface, like your refrigerator.

A magnetic picture checklist for kids is great for a morning routine, a bedtime routine, or chores!

If your fridge isn’t magnetic, or if you want your chart to be in your child’s room, a cookie sheet works great, and you can buy a cookie sheet for just $1 at DollarTree.

Make magnetic checklists with The Trip Clip and cookie sheets!
Make magnetic checklists with The Trip Clip and cookie sheets! Make magnetic checklists with The Trip Clip and cookie sheets! Make magnetic checklists with The Trip Clip and cookie sheets!

Heather also used a cookie sheet, though she painted hers first and then screwed it to the wall to use the back of the cookie sheet to put her girls’ magnet boards side by side:

You can use The Trip Clip and a $1 cookie sheet to make a magnetic picture checklist for your kids!

Another customer bought a magnetic white board, and drew her own To Do / Done frame to use with magnets from The Trip Clip:

A magnetic picture checklist is great for a morning routine, a bedtime routine, or chores!

You can also use the Magnetic Checklist Activity to make a VELCRO board.

Make your own velcro picture checklist with The Trip Clip

Here’s how you can do this yourself for just $15:

  1. Instead of buying the Magnet Bundle, buy 5 Website Activities from The Trip Clip. ($5)
  2. Once you have an account on the website, click Activities in the menu bar, and go to the Magnetic Checklist Activity.  Click Add to add this activity to your account.
  3. Print your To Do / Done Board by clicking the To Do / Done radio button under Print Settings on the left side of the screen. You’ll be able to put your child’s name at the top of the board and choose the color for the name before you print.
  4. Trim your To Do / Done board to 10 in x 7.5 in.
  5. Laminate your To Do / Done Board with a laminating machine, or with these self-adhesive laminating sheets.  ($7)
  6. Go back to the Magnetic Checklist Activity and this time select “Magnet Stamps” under Print Settings.
  7. Print, laminate, and cut apart your custom stamps.
  8. Apply VELCRO dots to your To Do / Done Board and your Magnet stamps.  The ones I recommend here are just the right size/sticky-ness to work well with a VELCRO board hanging on the wall. ($3)
  9. Hang up your To Do / Done Board anywhere you like and you’re ready to go!
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Free Printable: Chores For 10-15 Year Olds

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Chores are a great way to teach responsibility, as well as a ton of important life skills. Many parents aren’t sure what to expect of their kids, so here is a good list of chores that most 10-15 year olds can learn.

These are useful general guidelines, but you can easily edit these to make them right for your family. Chores are a great way to teach important skills and responsibility.

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This list might not be quite right for your 10-15 year old. You can easily edit this list to make it just right for your family.  And remember that kids shouldn’t have these skilled mastered at age 10! Sometime between ages 10 and 15 you can introduce these chores, teach your kids how to do them, and give them chances to practice and eventually master them.

 

Use these age appropriate chore lists to create a chore chart for your kids. I like to pick 1 or 2 new chores each year to add my kids’ responsibilities. There are lots of good ideas here!

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Free Printable: Fitness Challenge

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Get your kids moving with this Fitness Challenge Printable! Have them keep track of their activities for a month and see how many times they can do each of these things. Learn about what kinds of activities they love and will keep doing.

Get your kids moving with this Fitness Challenge Printable! Have them keep track of their activities for a month and see how many times they do each of these things. Learn about what kinds of activities they love and will keep doing.

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You can also give them some goals as motivation to keep them going. Once they’ve kept track for a month, you can try some of the ideas below for the next month, depending on what you’re hoping to accomplish:

  • Match It: If they’re already really active, have them match their activity the next month
  • Beat It: If your aim is to get them moving more, ask them to see if they can beat each count by 1 the next month.
  • Try Something New: Maybe they need to find something they enjoy more, so add a new thing each month (and remove the thing they did the least the previous month) and see if they find something they enjoy more
  • Self Awareness: Give them 1 solo activity,  1 activity with a buddy, 1 group activity, 1 indoor activity, and 1 outdoor activity and see which ones they do the most.  They’ll learn about what kind of activity works best for them!

You can print this one for free, or use The Trip Clip website to edit this and list choose activities that are better suited to your child. Here’s a Bingo Board full of great ideas to start with:

Fitness Bingo is a great way to make sure your kids - or even the whole family- keeps moving! There are lots of great ideas on this bingo board to help keep it fun. One of the goals of using the Bingo board is to introduce your kids to ways to move that might be new to them, so keep an open mind and find out what they like! Research shows that finding a physical activity that you truly enjoy will make a huge difference in keeping with it throughout your life.

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This Bingo Board can also be a fun motivator to get your kids, and even the whole family, moving. Here are some different ways you can use the Bingo Board with your kids:

  • Ideas: Use this bingo board to generate ideas – let your kid pick any item off of the list they want.
  • 5-in-a-row: Have your kids try to get 5 in a row over the course of a week – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally
  • Black out: Have your kids try to complete the whole board in a month!
  • How many: Rather than blacking it out, have them see how many of these they can do in one month.
  • How Many: Have your kid count how many times they do each of these activities over the course of a month.
  • All in the Family: Make it a family effort and try to do these activities together. Parents may find something new they enjoy too!
  • Competitive Bingo: Print a board for each family member see how many of these each of you can do in a month.

If you have other ideas for activities to add to this board, let me know!

 

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Free Printables: Travel Packs

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

These age-appropriate travel packs will make your next trip a breeze! Combine them with a kid-sized clipboard and 4-color click pen from The Trip Clip to make the perfect tech free travel toy!

Lots of printable activities for kids – picture checklists to keep them on track, activities for at the grocery store, in the car, on a plane, at a restaurant, even for your home schooling adventures. Optional kid-sized clipboard and 4-color pen make it easy to use the activities on the go.

These kindergarten travel activities will make your next trip a breeze! Combine them with a Trip Clip clipboard for an awesome tech free travel toy.

Kindergarten Travel Pack

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These grade school age travel activities will make your next trip a breeze! Combine them with a kid-sized clipboard from The Trip Clip for the perfect tech free travel toy.

Grade School Travel Pack

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These pre-teen travel activities will make your next trip a breeze! Combine them with a kid-sized clipboard and pen from The Trip Clip to make the perfect tech free travel toy.

Pre-Teen Travel Pack

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The Trip Clip Bundle comes with a kid-sized clipboard, a 4-color pen, lifetime access to the website where you can print unlimited travel activities, and a pack of pre-printed activity pages to make your next trip a breeze.

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Free Printable: Halloween Activities

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Celebrate Halloween with some fun, free printables like this Halloween word search puzzle:Make your own Halloween word search puzzle for any age kid!

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You can easily change the difficulty level to make it just right for your kids.  If you want more like this, or you’d like to print some other Halloween activity pages, to go thetripclip.com.

The Trip Clip has lots of great activities you can customize and print. Here are some fun Halloween themed printables for kids of any age!

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New Clipart – Feelings, Parents, and Numbers

I continue to get lots of great requests from customers for additional images, so I’ve added in a some of the more popular items!

One thing I get asked for the most is more images for ‘feelings’.  These were a little tough to find, but I took a shot – there are LEGO faces showing different feelings, as well as monsters (because I’ve also had requests for more monster images to pick from – really!).  If there are more feelings images you need please let me know what they are and I will see what I can find!

I also added in some pictures of parents – these were mostly requested by people who wanted to put ‘date night’ on their kids’ schedules, which I truly awesome.  I love it when parents remember to take time for themselves/each other!

Lastly there are some fun numbers on this list – a few customers wanted to more explicitly lists Steps 1, 2, 3 etc in an fun way.

Let me know what you think or if there are more images I should!

Based on customer requests I've added more images to The Trip Clip for feelings, date night, and numbers. There's also a mild monster theme here, since I've been asked to include more images of monsters too! Let me know what I'm missing :).

See all of the clipart (over 1500 images!) available on the Custom Checklist activity at The Trip Clip.

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Free Printable: House Rules

Each week in 2018 I will post a free printable on my blog that you can print and use as many times as you want with your own family.

Many families find it super helpful to agree on and post House Rules someplace that is visible to the whole family. Using a picture checklist for this makes it look more fun, and also makes it usable by even the littlest family members!

 

Many families find it super helpful to agree on and post House Rules someplace that is visible to the whole family. Using a picture checklist for this makes it look more fun, and also makes it usable by even the littlest family members! You can easily edit this list to make it just right for your family.

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You can print this list as is, or you can easily edit it to make it just right for your family!

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