I remember going to the beach when I was younger for family vacations. It seems to be a popular destination! We loved going to the beach, but getting there by car felt so long (everything feels long when you are little). We knew that the car was getting close when we started seeing palm trees. My mother tried to keep all of us busy by playing travel games, which is what inspired this project. Keep your children busy not only in the car but also on the beach! This game is lightweight and portable, with storage for the felt pieces on the back. It also packs flat! Your kids will love it, and there are four free game boards provided. Keep reading to learn how to make it.
Fabric – approximately 1 yard of cotton fabric for 4 boards
Wonder Under iron on fusible web
Canvas boards – 1 pack of 8” x 10”
Felt in various colors
Cut the fabric into four rectangles slightly larger than 8.5 x 11 (I cut them about 9 x 12). Iron on the Wonder Under, following the package instructions carefully. Using a piece of 8.5 x 11 paper as your guide, cut the fabric/Wonder Under down to 8.5” x 11 so that it will fit into the printer tray. Do this with all four rectangles.
TIP #1: Make sure the Wonder Under is also slightly larger than 8.5” x 11” so that, when you trim down the fabric, you aren’t short on any sides!
Remove all of the paper from your printer tray. Place your fabric into the tray, fabric side down (Wonder Under facing up). Print the bingo boards one at a time, with only one sheet of fabric in the tray at a time (so you do not clog your printer).
Once your bingo boards are printed, remove the backing paper from the fabric and discard the backing paper.
Lay the canvas board out, front side up, in an area that you can spray. You need to do this outside and with a piece of paper or paper bag covering your surface (it will get sticky!).
Spray the front of the canvas board with a medium layer of adhesive, then turn over and place down in the center of your fabric bingo board.
Turn over and smooth thoroughly. Let dry and repeat with the other boards.
Trim the fabric from the edges using scissors or a craft knife.
Use the craft glue to adhere one organza bag to the back of each canvas board.
TIP #2: You can use any type of small bag on the back; this is just what I have available. Cotton and burlap work too!
Using your ruler and scissors, cut 12 felt 1 x 1 inch game pieces per board. Here is the bonus of using felt on top of fabric – these game pieces will not easily slide off the top of the board. And they are lightweight! Store them in the pouch on the back.
Are you curious how to play? It’s easy! Once your child spots any one of the symbols, they can put a piece down. Whoever covers the whole board first wins! Of course depending on the child’s age, you can alter the game so anyone who gets 4 down or 3 across wins. I’ll let you adjust as you see fit!
I hope you have a blast on your summer beach vacation! I’d love for you to make this bingo game and share it in our Idea Exchange.