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Fun things to do in a car for 15 hrs with a rearfacing 22month old?

We are doing a famlily Vacation and although the trip is 15 hrs driving time its not all at once we will be doing day/2day stops..

What can i do with her in the car. My 5 year old will be ok cause he has his stuff to do.. but what can she do in her seat?

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Dork4Fish

Asked by Dork4Fish at 1:49 PM on Jun. 10, 2011 in Travel

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  • have a basket of toys and books for her in the back seat beside her for your 5 year old to help her get and put back. Music in the car is good. And snacks. Never underestimate the power of snacks! It's just two days and if it keeps the peace it will be okay.
    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 1:51 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • 15 hours of driving with young children? That sounds absolutely miserable to me. I'm afraid I have no clue. I'll wait to see some good answers.
    SWasson

    Answer by SWasson at 1:52 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • I suggest you just ride in a seperate car and leave dh in the one with the kids. Get you 15 hours of quiet time. j/k Coloring, movies with one of those portable dvd player, music, peek a boo, and now I am at a loss. Good luck.
    pookiekins34

    Answer by pookiekins34 at 2:04 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • toys, sing a longs, try getting a mirror for the back so you can see eachother in the mirrors helps too.
    xxhazeldovexx

    Answer by xxhazeldovexx at 2:28 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • We've gone on road trips ranging up to 20 days (6000 miles) with then 1 1/2 and then 2 1/2 year old children. It's doable, and it's doable FUN.

    The first thing needed is a good attitude by parents. This goes a LOOOOONG way! The drive isn't something to get through, it's part of the adventure! No matter the misgivings you may harbor, present the fun side to the kids.

    Coloring is a big one. Get a few coloring books from the dollar store, and a pack of chunky crayons. Attach short lengths of ribbon/string to crayons (about six inches or so - not long enough to wrap around neck), and tie to the loop of a clipboard. Voila! No more lost crayons. Hand out the coloring pages one at a time. Break out the books gradually as trip treats.

    Have other trip treats in labeled lunch bags to break out at rest areas / stops / etc.like little presents If you know you are staying at a hotel with a pool, the last treat bag might be a swim ring.
    KateDinVA

    Answer by KateDinVA at 5:05 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Other treat bag ideas are the coloring books, small snacks, kazoos/noisemakers (they get it when you get out at a rest area, and make as much noise as they can for the 10 minute stretch break), a book (new or special from home), a small stuffed friend (new or from home), a fun cd to listen to, a dvd to watch, etc.

    If you don't have a dvd player with multiple screens and you have the desire and finances to get one (or borrow/rent one for the trip) set up your little traveler with his/her own screen. A DVD with episodes of PBS shows works good for us - much shorter than a movie so they don't just watch the whole time, but get lots of little watch breaks. More to look forward to!

    Get books your 5 year old can "read" to the 22 mo old. And a few you can read to both of them -sometimes - or book on CD.

    Rear facing can still see out the window to play car games - colored cars, I Spy, dog/horse/cow count...

    Have fun!
    KateDinVA

    Answer by KateDinVA at 5:12 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • Portable dvd player or iPad.
    sherribeare

    Answer by sherribeare at 9:48 PM on Jun. 10, 2011

  • That is a long haul - take plenty of stops for the LOs.
    tasches

    Answer by tasches at 6:57 PM on Jun. 13, 2011

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