28 May 2009

Beach Bingo tin

I was talking with a friend today about a travel game I made a few years back to take on vacation: beach bingo tins. Even though it's been a few years, this is still one of my favorite projects. (Of course, if I were making the tins today, nothing would be tilted!)

I made the bingo tins before our summer vacation to Assateague and Chincoteague Islands, off the coast of Virginia. Since it was our daughter's first trip to the ocean, I thought it might be fun to have a game to play to learn about things you might see on the beach.

Let me offer a word of caution here: I used three Altoid tins to make my beach bingo games. But instead of putting the Altoids into another container, I decided to eat them all. All three tins of Altoids. Take it from me: Don't EVER eat three tins of Altoids all by yourself! Luckily, I recovered by the time we were ready to leave on vacation!

I drew pictures of things we might see at the beach and attached the cards to the inside of the lid. Then I added a few strong magnets and we were set to go!
Because we planned to take the tins to the beach, I waited to decorate the outsides until we came home.

This would be a fun project to do with kids. You could customize your bingo cards to whatever you might see on your summer vacation. Of course, if you don't want to draw pictures, you could use clip art, patterned paper, or other images for your bingo cards.

Just looking at my beach bingo tins again gives me an urge to make another set for this summer. College Visit Bingo, anyone? ;-)


Heather said...

That is ADORABALE!! I'm sending a link to my friend. Her kids would love this!

Sarah C. said...

What a fun idea! I was shocked by the tilted "bingo" - you were a wild woman, Janet! LOL My jaw dropped at the eating 3 tins of Altoids at once ... yikes. I bet you had pretty good breath though. ;)

Connie said...

You'd better start on your "Nashville Visit Bingo" tin now for your trip in March! : )

Fonda said...

Very cool project Janet! I'll have to do this for LAD. Sorry to have missed BC last time, was in MO and didn't make it back in time, had planned to, but you know how that goes! (can't remember if I told you this already or not, if ignore! :) ) I'm planning to come next time, it's just over a week away, where has the time gone!

Jill/Twipply Skwood said...

Very cute! Yeah I'll bet three tins of Altoids wasn't so yummy after awhile.