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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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Travel BINGO for Every Occasion

BINGO boards are a great way to keep the family entertained when you’re traveling. With The Trip Clip, you can print an unlimited number of boards for a whole slew of different occasions. Print different boards so your family can compete, or print the same board for everyone and work together to find them all!

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The Trip Clip offers 12 different kinds of Bingo Boards, including ones for road trips, airplane rides, going to a restaurant, and more. For each of these, there are 100s of images to choose from, and you can generate a new board with a single click of the refresh button.

You can also use The Trip Clip’s great drag and drop abilities to create exactly the BINGO board you want. This is especially handy if you’re traveling with younger children who might not recognize all the pictures, or will get frustrated if some of them are too hard. You can easily remove the pictures you don’t want to use and substitute ones that are just right for your kids.

This works the other way too – you can create boards that are much harder to give older kids more of a challenge. I like this road sign bingo board for older kids on road trips. It turned into a great way to help our (gasp!) new teenager start to learn more about the rules of the road.

This is a fun twist on travel bingo, and great for older kids. See how many of these road signs you can find on your next trip!

There are other great ways to use the BINGO board as a learning tool. Here is an Airport BINGO board I created, along with a blog post about how to make your next trip to the airport educational.

Airport Bingo with Clipboard and Pen

And if you don’t see exactly the BINGO board you need, The Trip Clip also lets you create a custom BINGO board from scratch.  There are more than 700 images to choose from to create any kind of BINGO board you want.

I used this tool to create a BINGO board for Walk to School week for my kids’ school and it was a huge hit.

Encourage your kids to walk to school with this Bingo Board. It's great for health, concentration, traffic, and the environment!

If you create a great custom BINGO board tell me out about it in the comments below, or email me at molly@thetripclip.com.

 

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Great Gift Idea For Kids AND Parents!

A clipboard, attached pen, and a website with unlimited printable travel activities makes this a great gift for the holidays! Get it for your kids, or for your mom friends who have upcoming travel plans.

Buy it now!

A kid-sized clipboard, attached pen, and unlimited printable travel activities make this a great gift idea for the holidays!

For the 2017 holiday season the Clipboard Bundle also comes with 20 pre-printed Christmas-themed activity pages.  Don’t want the clipboard?  No problem. You can print these activity pages for FREE! It’s my Christmas gift to all my readers. Enjoy!

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Print Your Own Coloring Book!

With just a few simple clicks you can print an entire coloring book with the theme of your choice. Clip the pages into a clipboard and you have some great travel activities ready for your next trip!

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How To Raise Future Ready Kids

Screen time can be a constant source of stress for many families. Setting rules and limits is important (more on that later), but making sure your kids are digitally literate is becoming more important as the world around us becomes more dependent on technology.

Instead of fighting  screen time, think about how you can embrace it to help your kids learn the skills that they will undoubtedly need for future employment in our increasingly connected world!

Instead of fighting screen time, think about how you can embrace it to help your kids learn the skills that they will undoubtedly need for future employment in our increasingly connected world!

Create Digital Art

There are plenty of artists who still paint with paper and brush, take pictures with film cameras, or write music using a guitar or a piano. But as our world becomes more digital, more and more artists are enhancing their art digitally, or even creating it digitally.

In the business world, presentations, videos, marketing materials etc are largely created digitally.

At school, my kids are using their computers to create materials for presentations and reports online more and more often.

So instead of saying no to screen time, try asking your kids to use a screen to be creative, or to enhance their creativity. Just remember, art is never wrong! Let your child explore a wide range of digital creativity options.

Click here for lots of great recommendations for digital creativity apps

Digital Learning

Kids can definitely get too much screen time, especially time spent vegging out or playing endless games. But screens can also connect your kids to a wealth of information that just wasn’t available when we were kids. Learn how to harness those screens and teach your kids how much more there is out there than games!

Click here for some great recommendations for how to use screens to enhance your child’s education.

Connecting Digitally

Although kids can sometimes seem to disappear into their screens, we shouldn’t forget the wonderful way computers have helped us stay connected.  I love how much easier it is to stay connected to my family, compared to when my only choices were long distance phone calls or snail mail (which we just called “mail” back then).  Embrace the screens by using them to keep your kids connected to their friends and family.

I also firmly believe that our kids’ generation will be working remotely (rather than in person) far more often than our generation has. The skills they gain by learning to communicate and collaborate via voice chat, video chat, and texts are going to serve them well in their work lives down the road.

Click here for some great recommendations for embracing these communication tools.

 

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Make 1000s of Just Right Mazes

Mazes are currently my most popular travel activity. The Trip Clip lets you easily print 1000s of mazes that are just the right level for your kids, and each one is different!  Print a bunch and clip them into a clipboard for your next trip, or just to keep your kids entertained in the car or at a restaurant.

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7 FREE Halloween Printables

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!

Print these for FREE (PDF),  or use The Trip Clip website to edit them and make them just right for your kids.

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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Cookie Sheet Magnetic Checklist

Occasionally I hear from customers who have used The Trip Clip® in new and creative ways. Heather from WA painted a cookie sheet and used it for her kids’ magnetic checklists. I like how the extra magnets that aren’t needed every day can live around the edges.

Customer Spotlight: Heather from WA painted a cookie sheet and used it for her kids’ magnetic checklists. I like how the extra magnets that aren’t needed every day can live around the edges.

From Heather:

“I went to the local thriftshop and picked up a cookie sheet for $1.00 (I brought a magnet with me to make sure it was magnetic). You can buy yours here. Then, I spray-painted it a bright “you can’t ignore me” yellow and screwed it to the wall.

I am not exaggerating when I say that it worked like magic! Not only are my kids motivated to clear off their “To Do” column, but it is a great reminder for me about what they are supposed to have done. ”

Click here to buy the Magnet Bundle.

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