Travel Lap Desk with Wipe-off Top

February 12th, 2013 posted by Terri Bose


travel lap desk

Make one for the car on your summer vacation. Your kids will love it!

You need:

Large sturdy cardboard box. Shipping Tape Empty Snack Food Container such as Fruit Roll Up or Granola Bars Mat Knife Glue Gun // Colored Contact Paper Clear Contact Paper White Poster Board Paper Cup Dry Erase Markers Piece of Felt

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What you do

Tape box closed. Use a matte knife to cut away areas shown below. Opening in front should be at about 8″ high so a child can fit comfortably underneath without the table being too high. Save scraps. Cover with contact paper. Cut a piece of poster board to fit the top. Cover it with clear contact paper. The surface will work with dry erase markers. Hot glue it to the top.

From your scrap, cut three 1″ corrugated strips the same length as your table top. Glue them together one on top of the other. Glue on the bottom edge of the table top to form a lip to keep the markers from falling off. Trim the top off a snack box and cover with contact paper. Hot glue it to the side of the box. Push a paper cup into the snack box to hold markers. Use the rest of the box to hold small activity books and felt for erasing.

Recommended Reading:

Nevermind the weather, this fun-filled activity book is packed with more than 60 imaginative projects for children to make on a rainy afternoon or in just a spare half hour. Whether it’s building driftwood models, making mouthwatering muffins, making colorful animal finger puppets, or creating quick disguises, The Fantastic Rainy Day Book provides an endless source of entertainment for children of all abilities. Features a wealth of creative projects to paint, build, make, bake, sew, and grow. Shows exactly what to do in step-by-step, full-color photographs. Includes easy-to-follow instructions for impressive results. Encourages children to create their own versions of each project. (courtesy: Amazon)

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