My daughter doesn’t go anywhere without her coloring books, paper and markers. The problem we’ve always had was traveling in the car. She couldn’t deal with lots of paper and her pencil box and a bookbag, etc while being strapped into her car seat. Well, the car seat wasn’t going to go away, so I had to come up with something else.
A while back, a product called the “project case” caught my eye. My scrapbooking hobby could get messy and stickers, papers, and photos would wind up all across the kitchen table. I bought several scrapbook cases, sized specifically for storing paper and materials up to 12″ x 12″. They do a great job keeping everything together. I didn’t even think about using a smaller counterpart until one day when we were travelling to Grandma’s house and my daughter dropped a stack of paper all over the floorboard of the car. Driving with a distraught child in the car is NOT a pleasant experience. It was time to introduce my daughter to the project case.
Project Cases are not quite as large as the scrapbook cases. They are sized for 8 1/2 x 11″ paper. The project cases are available in 2 thicknesses. I chose the thicker 3″ one – large enough to hold all her paper, a thick coloring book and many many markers or crayons.
The case has a tab closure that she can easily open and close. She can easily retrieve her drawing materials – a couple sheets of paper and a marker – and she can close the case and use it as a lap board in the car. Once she is finished with her drawings, they can go back into the project case without getting crumpled or creased.
The project case worked so well, I got one for my 9-year old son, too! He keeps anything from drawing materials to Magnetics and Bionicle pieces in his. Everything easily stays together!