DIY Travel Lap Desk and Big Hero 6 Free Printable Worksheets

This Big Hero 6 post, featuring a DIY travel lap desk and Big Hero 6 free printable worksheets has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All stories, photos, printables, and opinions are my own. #BigHero6Release #CollectiveBias

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Guess what, y’all? My little family is heading to Disney World in 13 days!

MagicBands for Disney World

We are so excited to have the chance to spend Benjamin’s Spring Break at Disney World. We are driving there and it will be about a 24 hour drive so I just had to make these Big Hero 6 printable worksheets and a DIY travel lap desk for him enjoy during our trip.

Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve likely heard of this Oscar-winning movie, Big Hero 6, that was released on Blu-Ray and DVD on February 24. The boys and I were so excited about this movie when it came out in theaters that we drove an hour to Tyler to go see it and then I headed out last Tuesday to pick up the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack so we could watch it again. We broke the bedtime rule on a school night so we could watch it THAT night! I also picked up some Big Hero 6 books and ordered a talking Baymaxย all for the trip to go along with the printable worksheets and the travel lap desk that I made for Benjamin. Now, we just have to pack and we’re ready to hit the road to Disney!

Before we leave; however, I just had to share these activity worksheets and a tutorial for how to make the travel lap desk so you can enjoy them as well.

Materials needed for DIY travel lapdesk

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard of your favorite fabric
  • staple gun
  • wood-framed chalkboard or dry erase board (small enough for your child’s lap)
  • beanbag pellets
  • glue gun (optional)
  • cardboard stripping (optional)

What you’ll do:

Measure material needed for travel lapdesk

After you have chosen your favorite fabric, lay it out under your chalkboard or dry erase board to measure. You shouldn’t need more than 1/2 yard and I needed less. You will want to leave 2-3 inches of fabric around the board in order to have room for the pellets later.

Staple material to wooden border of travel lapdesk

Start by laying the fabric face down on the back of the board and staple along the edge. Here’s a tip: Start by stapling both corners and one in the middle and then gather the fabric along the way as you will have extra fabric. After you have stapled that first edge, things get a little trickier as you will have to reach inside the “pouch” to get to the inside of the fabric. Be sure to not leave too much space between the staples as the pellets could slide between the gaps, leaving you with a potential mess.

Pack travel lapdesk with beanbag pellets

Leave the fourth edge open so you can load up your pouch with beanbag pellets. I just used the pellets from an old beanbag that Benjamin already had and you can’t really even tell that I took anything out (this travel lap desk doesn’t use much), but I know you can buy the pellets online in a bigger package if you are making more than one of these.

Once you have the pellets inside, you will need to gently lay it back down (board down) and staple on the outside of the desk to close the final edge. I actually chose to use hot glue on this edge so that it is more secure and looking back, I think I would have used the hot glue first and then secured with the staple gun for double protection.

DIY Travel Lapdesk tutorial

The final product is so cute with the soft beanbag side for your lap and then a magnetic chalkboard on the other side that doubles as a desk. This was an easy project that took me only about one hour and Benjamin was so excited.

Benjamin with Baymax ready for Disney World #BigHero6Release #ad #cbias

Once the travel lap desk was complete, Benjamin wanted to play pretend that we were headed to Disney World so he grabbed his talking Baymax and jumped in the car.

Testing out the new DIY travel lapdesk

Of course, his first “activity” on our trip will be to try out his new Big Hero 6 printable worksheets.

Big Hero 6 crossword word search puzzle #BigHero6Release #ad #cbias

He loves the word search best so he put a couple of magnets to hold it in place and I sat and waited while he solved the first few words on the puzzle.

Find the Big Hero 6 printable worksheets here!

Now that your travel lap desk (which is also good for use around the house) is complete, you’ll need some Big Hero 6 printable worksheets to get your kids even more excited about the movie or to just keep them busy while you’re traveling. I’ve made jpg and pdf files of the printables you see above and they’re free for you to print out and use as you wish (except to post on your own blog or website, of course).

Big Hero 6 at Walmart #BigHero6Release #ad #cbias

Your purchase of the Big Hero 6 Blu-Ray/DVD + Gift With Purchase Set includes a digital movie on Vudu while supplies last! Simply scan your receipt using the Savings Catcher in the app. Then look for a message on your phone or email. Now you can watch Big Hero 6 on any device!

As I mentioned above, we bought the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack of Big Hero 6 last week on the release day, but I need to trust you with a secret now. We are getting Benjamin a portable DVD player for the car before our trip! I can’t wait to see his face when he realizes he can watch all the Baymax (and his other favorite Disney movies) he wants as we drive 24+ hours to the Magic Kingdom!

Find out more about Big Hero 6 by following on Facebook and Twitter or check out the hashtag #BigHero6Release for crafts, recipes, and more!

What did you do to celebrate the release of Big Hero 6?

What are your favorite tips for heading to Disney World or on a long trip?


  1. What super cool craft! Love this! I’m going to have to make one for my grand daughter. And print off the activity sheets, too!

  2. Joyce says:

    Pinned this to two boards. I’d be game to try this before our next road trip to Mississippi so our son can comfortably write and work in the back seat.

  3. Jenna Wood says:

    This is so crafty! I have always wanted to make the kids their own lap desk and your tutorial is perfect- it’s great how I can really personalize it with different fabric. I’m sure plenty of Big Hero 6 fun will be had on the trip to Disney World! #client

  4. That’s the best idea/ way to make a study board!! I love the way you made it look and I think it is the thing to make for kids to do stuff while you travel! That’s great!!

  5. Jaime says:

    I love how happy he is hugging Baymax! So sweet! We loooooove Big Hero 6- it’s a new favorite!

  6. Wow what an easy idea! Love that you used chalkboard for extra fun.

  7. Rosey says:

    My son is 21 and he just sent me a picture of his magic bands, lol. I guess some things you never outgrow being excited over. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Debra says:

    I LOVE this! What an awesome idea!

  9. Ohh, how fun! I know you’ll have a blast! The travel will be even easier thanks to that adorable lap desk. Keeping everyone entertained during travel can be daunting.

  10. Wow, you did a great job on the lap desk! He looks so happy to have that! Have fun at Disneyland! We went twice last year!

  11. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says:

    We have been watching this movie nonstop for 2 days. It is ADORABLE. New favorite – I have GOT to get my son the Baymax yours has. Great lapdesk idea too!

  12. Now that is ingenious–make your own lap desk! It really does sound simple and almost anyone could really use one of those! Yes, I have heard of this movie-but doubt I will go see it-no kids to go with! I do know I keep hearing good things about it on and off the internet!

  13. Robin (Massrhole Mommy) says:

    What an awesome idea. My kids could both use something like that ๐Ÿ™‚

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