Sunday, May 29, 2011

Need to Keep Kids Happily Occupied During Road Trips?

Making a long trip in the car with children can be a challenge.  However, if you grab a bag and pack a drawing tablet, crayons, an Etch-a-Sketch, and Play Dough and one old sheet cake pan for each child to use as a makeshift desk will work well to stimulate their imagination.  Encourage them to draw or build something that caught their attention along your journey to spark their creativity.

Try to play a game with your small children with "what if" questions to develop a continuing story.  For example, "what if" you were famous what would you want to do?  The next child has to jump in, "I would be a dancer.  Another in the car would ask, "What if the dancer broke her leg and couldn't dance, what would she do?  The plot line of the story can change in any direction.

Map out the trip with your children can be fun for them.  Show them the distance and keep estimates along the route can help improve their mathematics as well.

Guidebooks are wonderful to read together with your children.  Plan ahead of what you will pass on the road or once you arrive to your destination of what you want to see.

Pack some food for your trip to keep handy.  Fruits, cooked chicken, sandwiches, cookies, drinks are important if you need to make time.  Sometimes, you need to travel far and finding places to stop to eat or even rest stops can be hard to find.

Take care and have a wonderful Memorial Day.  Please drive safely!


rose said...

I am planning a trip this summer with the kids, so all of these tips are very useful. One thing I must have on road trips is my iPad. I can let the kids play games on it and watch TV. With my employer DISH Network I have the TV Everywhere app on my iPad. All I had to do was purchase the Sling Adapter $99 and hook it up to my receiver. It gave me access to my DVR and all my subscription channels on my iPad. The kids love watching all their favorite TV Shows live from anywhere we are at. Right now DISH has a promotional rebate if you purchase the Sling Adapter for $99 you can get the $99 back on a MasterCard. Check out this link for the details . It keeps the kids quiet and makes for a relaxing trip.

Duncan Faber said...

We have 5 kids, and we always keep them occupied with audiobooks for the ipods. There's a ton of sites where you can download them, but we use this one a lot because the stories are free and original. This is the link, if anyone is intereted.