How Monsters Can Save Your Car Ride

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We live only a handful of minutes from the most beautiful waterfall called Bridal Veil. Even if you’re just driving on the highway past it on your way up the canyon, you can almost feel the mist touch your face, it’s incredible! We took a whole car full of our boys up the canyon to see the changing leaves and as usual commented on Bridal Veil as we drove past. When we looked to the back row, we saw three glazed faces watching a movie on one of our tablets. That was when we knew it was time for a change! With school back in session we’re spending more time than ever in the car so we wanted to come up with a project to entertain our kids while we’re driving, but not zone them out. To be able to have conversations and interact and find ways to enjoy our time together even if it’s just running errands!

For this project we put together a free Monster Magnets printable (download below!) and here’s how you can put it together as a family!

Start by printing the download onto a heavy card stock. Then have your kids color the monsters!Unplugged Car Ride Monster Magnets

We are definitely on a monster kick here at Small Fry for two reasons: Halloween is just around the corner, and one of our little guys came home one day suddenly knowing all sorts of gruesome facts about monsters that for sure lived in his closet. We’ve found making these types of things more familiar in a fun way helped undermine his monster fear. Double win!Unplugged Car Ride Monster Magnets

Once they’ve colored the monsters cut each monster element out together!Unplugged Car Ride Monster Magnets Then use thin magnet sheets and glued them to the backs of the elements.

Unplugged Car Ride Monster Magnets

Now that you have everything assembled you’ll need something to stick your magnets too! A small cookie sheet is perfect for this, because then there’s a small ridge to keep all the pieces from moving around or sliding off! You can also find actual magnet boards, pictured here. We found this at a local craft store. It is the perfect lap size with a little extra overhang that lets it balance on the car seat!

Monster Magnets for the car!

Now you’re ready to build your monster! This is the perfect craft for even quick thirty-minute drives. We love this because it encourages creativity and is nice and quiet. We have the boys tell us a story about the monster, where they’re going, what they like to eat, and what they’re good at. Then we take turns telling a story about the monster. And as most things with four and five year olds, things get silly pretty fast!

Monster Magnets for the car!

Monster Magnets Printable | Small Fry

Download your own monster magnet printable below!


  • SK Bell
    September 30, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I’ve been looking for an inexpensive magnet idea for our kiddo to play with at the refrigerator while I make dinner… this is great!

    • Small Fry
      September 30, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      glad you like it! thanks for visiting.

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