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There were so many great ideas! One that I didn't see that we use is a flat screen Light Brite - we got it at Toys R Us for $10 - it is battery opperated and shuts off (acutally,the light slowly diminishes until you turn it on again) automatically. It does not come with a huge amount of sheets but we cut plain black construction paper into the right size and that worked as well. I also found some My Little Pony refill sheets at Walmart for $3.99 for our trip this summer.

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I just happened to notice this thread as I was going to my pregnancy due date club and haven't read the PP but I just wanted to say that during a recent moving trip from South Carolina to Pennsylvania (me, by myself with my 16 month old) I now swear by the car DVD players for long trips. I got one at Best Buy for $114 but I'm sure you could get them less expensive on ebay etc. I popped in a couple of Baby Einsteins (the only thing I really let him watch) when he woke up (we drove at night) and they kept him preoccupied enough to let me drive. But even so, a 12 hour drive took 20 hours because of all the breaks, etc.
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Originally Posted by Linda on the move
no offense, but this is a bad idea. It would most likely make a mess that would be impossible to ever clean up. If you driving across the southern part of the US at this time of the year, you have to consider what anything in your car will be like at 140 degrees because it can get that hot while you are parked so you can eat. It gets hot enough to melt crayons. I don't even want to think about what playdoh would be like.
I've never had a problem... but maybe we never used it while it was that hot in the car. Perhaps you can remember to take things like crayons and playdoh with you if you park the car for awhile.
I'm going to go put playdoh in the oven and see just how bad it gets!
 

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I don't know if this would interest your dd at all, but my dd (3.5) is really into wrapping things (ANYTHING!) with tape - lots and lots and lots of tape. We flew recently, and I packed some squares of wrapping paper (normally she just wraps with whatever paper is handy, but atual wrapping paper was exciting), a new roll of tape, and a few random objects I thought she might want to wrap up for people. She made three packages on the plane, and spent a while doing each one! She also likes to decorate the packages afterwards with stickers.
 

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I've never had a problem... but maybe we never used it while it was that hot in the car. Perhaps you can remember to take things like crayons and playdoh with you if you park the car for awhile.
I'm going to go put playdoh in the oven and see just how bad it gets!
to get the full effect, you'd need to put little crumbs of it on a carpet square, step on them, bake, and then try to get out of the carpet


We had crayons melt into the car carpet when we lived in Tucson. It was pretty icky.

Traveling with 2 small kids and 2 dogs is not a time to have anything complex in the car the has to be removed everytime you get out of the car.
 
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