I have the sweetest four-year-old on Earth, but she is a little whirlwind of messiness. Miniature disaster areas follow her, despite me cleaning up after her and her cleaning up after herself. I sort of imagine her to be like a real-life Pigpen from Peanuts.
So, when we recently bought a new vehicle to accommodate our recent addition, I tried enforcing a very, very strict "No food or drink in the car" rule. This lasted a few weeks, but life happens - we run late to school and need to eat breakfast on the go, or we have a long car trip that spans snack time. Best laid plans get put aside... and the interior of my car becomes a crumb-filled disaster.
And then we got a Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray (LINK).
It's a cool invention - it's a small nylon table that has a strap that goes behind the child in their car seat, and sits on their lap as a table. It has mesh pockets in the sides for sippy cups, food, toys, and so on. It's pliable so that it can bend to fit different car seat sizes, but is firm enough that a little one can color or play on top of it. It's the perfect size to fit a few toys or a small art set. Since it's nylon, it wipes down easily and looks just like new.
We decided to put it through the paces with a doughnut breakfast this week, to see how it kept the seats clean. Here's a shot of Pickle enjoying her breakfast:
She had a sippy cup of water in the mesh pocket on the side, and this easily fit across her entire lap. The best part is that it caught every single crumb! It saved my car from becoming a disaster area, and all I had to do was wipe it quickly with a wet washcloth, and all of the frosting and crumbs were gone. It dried quickly, and then we used the tray to practice handwriting on the rest of the drive. Since the tray only runs about $19.99 (LINK), it was a great price-point for such versatility!
If your child is still working on the whole "neat and tidy" thing, I really recommend the Star Kids Snack & Play Travel Tray.