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entertaining a 2 and 5 year old on a car trip

10 hours from Atlanta to Lakeland.


Asked by But_Mommie at 11:09 PM on Sep. 17, 2009 in Travel

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  • Books. Coloring. Music.Traveling at night so they sleep through a majority of it. Sitting in the back with them for an hour and read to them.Soft, quiet toys. Puzzles. Magnets on a cookie sheet. GOOD LUCK!!!

    Answer by Glickstein at 11:14 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Portable DVD players. Get those lap desks and let them color, maybe some of the puzzles with bigger pieces.

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 11:12 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • portable dvd player

    Answer by littledozie at 11:12 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • dvd player! the best thing that was ever invented!

    Answer by mrsjonzy at 11:13 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • we do a 2 day trip twice a year so here's some ideas that have worked for us (she is now 3 1/2 have done these since she was 1) go to dollar tree, buy some "new" toys when things get rough pull them out, its something new so it will hold their attention longer. portable dvd player, best gift we ever received (they make the type that plugs into cig lighter and can be removed from car, just velcro around the headrest, they also have plugs for a headset so you don't have to hear love love it!) toys r us has car seat trays, they hook up to the car seat, good for coloring playing cars/dolls, snacks etc...(get the markers that only color on certain paper, since they are behind you harder to catch coloring on doors...learned the hard way), i take a bag just of toys for the trip, that sits next to her seat so that she can get to them and i'm not turning around every 5 mins. if she drops a toy she has to wait to get CONT

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:13 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • Traveling at night is a great way to go! Silence for hours. lol. Didn't even think to put that down.

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 11:18 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • it back til someone can reach it. no fussing. count cars, point out colors of cars, play i spy (even the 2 yr old can get in on that one as long as its only items in the car). take a big bouncy ball put it in the back of the car easy access, right before a rest stop go through a drive through. at the rest stop you and whoever you are with eat, while the kids play ball, when you get back in the car they eat (put a sheet under the seat if you can't afford seat protectors) that way they get out energy but you don't waste all day letting them eat than play. or stop at a place w/a play place, order your food let them play then order their food as you leave so its still hot for them. teach them how to get a trucker to blow the air horn, kids get a kick out of it and it'll keep them occupied looking for trucks for awhile. message me for my play ideas, packing ideas etc we've gone va to la twice a year since she was 6 mo old.

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:20 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • traveling at night is a good idea, if they aren't afraid of the dark. my dd hates the dark and a lot of highways have barely any street lights. so if you can't wait for them to fall asleep than leave, and they are gonna freak out the whole way its worse than them being bored in the daylight.

    Answer by vabchmommy at 11:21 PM on Sep. 17, 2009

  • lol. DVD player is not an option. We are lucky to be going on the trip. ::money wise::

    Answer by But_Mommie at 7:41 AM on Sep. 18, 2009

  • When we drove to a family wedding 9hr away my son was almost 3. We drove out there at night- hoping he would sleep. I also bought some new toys (dollar store trinkets) for him so he would have something 'new' to do and put them in a 'fun box' and added a new color book/crayons, reading books, some snacks, and other assorted interesting things. It worked he had fun looking at the new things and playing with them. You can also take books and read them to your kids (we did that with my son too). Another thing that helped was on the way home we made frequent stops (I was 8mo pregnant so had to stop). We tried to stop at parks or rest stops so he could get out and run around or play.
    Good luck-- and enjoy your vacation!!

    Answer by MizLee at 9:34 AM on Sep. 18, 2009