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Sparkling Sun Catchers to Keep Children Busy While Traveling

By March 16, 2014November 26th, 2014No Comments

This jewel-encrusted travel activity will definitely help keep children busy while traveling. Wherever your vacation destination, whatever the weather, it’s always good for children to get plenty of fresh air and play outdoors, where their imaginations can run wild. Natural props come into play and technology goes out of the window!

Keep Children Busy While Traveling

Invite them to make and hang a beautiful sun catcher, made from something as simple as an old CD.

This travel art can be done in:

  • Cars
  • Planes
  • Trains
  • Hotel rooms


What you will need:

  • Some old cds that you don’t use anymore, or are too scratched to play!
  • A selection of jewels, stickers, tin foil and candy wrappers – anything shiny will work
  • A glue stick and safety scissors
  • A ribbon or string for hanging



  1. Parents, before you go on your trip, pierce a hole through the top of the cd with a small screwdriver or something similar.
  2. Put all drawing materials in a plastic lidded box ready for transporting. Give your children a tray to work on.
  3. Invite your child to decorate both sides of the cd with the shiny materials you have gathered.
  4. Thread the ribbon through the hole.
  5. Hang it outside from a tree when you reach your destination and watch it spin and sparkle in the sun!


Imagination BoxDiane Pagan graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a fashion/textiles degree. She is a UK mom who is passionate about creativity, and she set up The Imagination Box to share her treasure trove of ideas and inspire families to bring more art into their lives. Connect with her and get more great ideas at

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