Travelling with a patchwork games bag

patchwork nought and crossesWhen I travelled as a child, I always had a clutch of books. While others couldn’t read in the car, I would have my nose in a book with no ill effect. I would read for most of the journey. Once finished, I’d gaze out of the window enjoying the moving scene.

I am the youngest of four, it eventually reached the stage where my older siblings found other pursuits more interesting than holidaying with the family or they were away at school. Suited me as, I tended to have the back seat of the car all to myself. No one to argue with. Room to spread out.

Later, I travelled by train and plane for work.  I looked forward to these journeys as I knew I’d have plenty of time to read. I went through shelves full of sci-fi and discovered the best train station book stores to buy my favourites from.

In contrast, my children prefer to have travel entertainment which is more interactive and collaborative. They like I-spy type of games that they can all play together. I make spotting lists for journeys, or they will make up stories together. Sometimes there are arguments but mainly they are happy. A good job as all three of them sit along the back seat together.

patchwork games bag pull stringThis summer, to help break up the journey, I’ve made a drawstring patchwork travel bag with nine squares. I’ve used fabric, from my stash which are nature themed. My favourite bees and fire fly fabric among them. They are 2.5 inches squares, allowing a 0.25 inch seam allowance. I picked out my blue seashell fabric as the backing, which I used for my pin cushion. I must use it more. It gives a perfect holiday feel.

seaside version of noughts and crossesInside are more of our collection of pebbles and stones. I am determined to find uses for our previous seashore finds. This time I’m putting them to work as markers for noughts and crosses, or tic-tac-toe. My version is Pebbles and Shells.

There is something about holding a pebble in your hand that is truly calming. They are all the perfect size for the squares. If any are lost, we can replace them. I won’t even have to worry about littering.

magic square patchwork bag gameThis bag has a secret. On the under side of all the pebbles and shells, I’ve marked on numbers. 1 to 9. figuring out the magic square This set can also be used to work on the magic square. If you haven’t come across the concept before, the idea is that each row, column and diagonal should add up to 15. It is great for practising adding up and stretching logic muscles. It could be timed and played as a competition.

Yet again they are having too much fun solving the puzzle to realize they are practising their maths again.

magic square patchwork bag game diagonalAlternatively, they could use it as a memory game, matching number bonds. Finding 2 and 8, or 4 and 6 for example. Or make up stories about the different patches. I remember my sister doing this for me when I was younger than them.

I’m sure the children will dream up other games to play with this travel bag. I’ll add in a deck of cards, so I can teach them a few card games too. Also a ball of wool. Finger knitting is a great way to pass the time and literally keep little fingers busy!

Hopefully, this summer we will take it on journeys, and maybe into restaurants, to play as we wait for our meals to arrive. I love how the patchwork turned out and I certainly won’t mind bringing it out of my bag for us all to play with. Even in the busiest pub. It is light and small, making it perfect for travelling.

drawstring patchwork travel games bag

What do you take on journeys or holidays to keep children entertained while they travel?

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16 thoughts on “Travelling with a patchwork games bag

  • Thursday 4 August, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    This is such a nice idea. I always end up carting the kids’ things around in my own bag, but this would be much easier. Very pretty too!

    • Thursday 4 August, 2016 at 10:53 pm

      Thanks, Nell. It’s one of those bags I want to pull out just when its needed most.

    • Saturday 13 August, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Thursday 11 August, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    How cute this is! I particularly like your insect patches.

    • Saturday 13 August, 2016 at 6:50 pm

      They’re my favourites too.

  • Monday 15 August, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Great idea for road trips! Give the kids a map with locations and then when they realize they are at the spot on the map they get the bag with little toys or something small

    • Tuesday 6 September, 2016 at 1:42 pm

      Nice idea.

  • Friday 26 August, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Brilliant – I love this! Perfect for taking out and about. I want to make one 🙂 #trash2treasure

    • Saturday 27 August, 2016 at 1:02 am

      It is good to be able to bring it out of my bag at just the right moment.

  • Friday 2 September, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Cheryl this is such a clever idea and so simple too. I love how you can adapt the bag for so many games and make them educational too. Tic Tac Toe with added benefits!

    Thank you so much for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure

    • Tuesday 6 September, 2016 at 1:37 pm

      I’m sure they will come up with even more ideas. Thanks for hosting.

  • Saturday 3 September, 2016 at 4:01 am

    aw this is super cute! I was one of those that could never read. even today. cant even look at my phone for long. such a waste of time on a long journey lol! could be crocheting too. sigh. found you through coombe mill 🙂

    • Tuesday 6 September, 2016 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks Emma.

  • Saturday 10 September, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    I could always read in the car, whereas my sister couldn’t. Using shells and pebbles for the naughts and crosses is a lovely idea, as is the patchwork bag.

    • Sunday 11 September, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thanks, Pam. It’s turned out to be a useful little bag when travelling.

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