The first thing I wanted to tackle was some sort of work station for the kids in the car. They both love to color and draw, and I knew they'd need a lap desk of sorts. I found several desks for sale online, but none of them get great reviews. We use cookie sheets around the house a lot for puzzles, magnetic dolls, etc. so I felt like that would work best. Another plus is that they have edges to prevent things like crayons from rolling away while driving down the road. I grabbed 2 (make sure they're not aluminum - you want them to be magnetic so they're more multi-purposed) and spray-painted the backs in bright colors the kids would enjoy. These magnet board desks became the inspiration for tons of road trip activity ideas.
First up, Magnetic Me.