Whether you are traveling by plane, train or automobile your kids are guaranteed to get bored somewhere between the 2nd and 105th “Are we there yet?”. Here are some fun tips, games and products designed to keep your little passengers busy!
1. Pack a few small inexpensive “gifts” and pass them out along the way to your destination. Depending on the age of your children, here are a few ideas – costume jewelry, match box cars, a new book, mini-coloring book with crayons, action figures, and other little items that you can find at most discount stores. If you have some extra time you can even wrap them with some extra scraps of wrapping paper or decorated brown paper. Have your kids decorate some brown paper lunch bags the night before your trip and fill them with the goodies while they are sleeping.
2. Make a list of the cities you will be driving through on your trip. Have your kid’s check off the cities as you pass them. This is a great way to teach them a little geography as well. Leave some space on the paper under each city for your child to jot down some notes, whether it’s something they saw in that city or something funny that was said while you were there. This will give them lots of fun stuff to talk about with Grandma and Grandpa when you reach your destination.
3. Print out some pre-made games available online. Here is one of my favorites – Car Bingo from familyfun.go.com. Try not to show the games to your children until they are ready to play, the excitement of a new game makes them all the more fun!
4. Start your very own game show. Come up with some fun trivia questions and give a prize of .25 cents for each correct answer. If you are planning on stopping at a rest stop along the way, let your kids pick out something special from the gift shop to purchase with their prize money. Whether it’s a pack of gum or an “Sunshine State” magnet, they will be proud that their knowledge was put to good use!
5. For younger kids, check out these fun and educational I Spy toys on etsy. My daughter plays with her I Spy bag on every car ride, even when it’s just to the grocery store!
6. If all else fails, whip out the trusty portable DVD player. Try this one – Kid-Tough DVD Player from Fisher Price. If your car is already equipped with a built-in DVD player, be sure to pack some new DVD’s.
Posted by Nicole Ibarrondo, former editor here at Mom Fuse