What are good car games to entertain older children?

We are getting the opportunity to travel to Astor, Florida and I'm sorta excited, I've never been but I'm very nervous about traveling that long and far with children ages 9, 8 and 1 year. My two eldest seem to fight on a 1/2 hour drive to the store. I'm going to go crazy I know. Any ideas on how to make this a nice drive?

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cuteasabutton78

Asked by cuteasabutton78 at 1:09 PM on Jan. 27, 2009 in Travel

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  • As the mom of 4 who has both flown and driven to Orlando each year for the past 10 years, here is what we do: Buy a New movie they haven't seen and save it for the trip. Make sure you have lots of little snack bags and drinks. We pack a cooler facing the back seat so they can get into it. 8 & 9yr children: Decide the amount of spending money each child gets for the trip. We save our coins all year long in a big jug and then split it up between the kids. I put 4 ziploc bags on the dash with each child's "cash". When one child fights with the other, I take money from his/her bag and give it to the child that was hit or annoyed. When you cannot determine who started it, take a quarter or dollar from each of their bags. If they behave from one rest stop to another, then we add money to each of their bags. The first year, the bags were down almost $10 each. By now, we know we can drive to Orlando in peace. Good Luck
    AngelaAustin

    Answer by AngelaAustin at 9:59 AM on Feb. 1, 2009

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  • coloring and ready books, hand held games/game boys, portable dvd player?, FREQUENT stops to run and potty. when i took my, at the time, 1 y/o on a 26 hour road trip she did well with being entertained on her own with just a few toys and a few snacks as long as we took her out to run every three or four hours so she didn't sleep the whole time.
    watersgirls

    Answer by watersgirls at 1:13 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Break it into 2 or 3 trips and stay overnight in motels so that the children can get the kinks out and run around and burn off energy. An old stand by is to buy many small gifts that you wrap and hand out during the trip. Portable DVD players. But even so, that is such a long time for a little one to just sit. If you absolutely can't break down the trip, at least stop once an hour and let the children run around.
    Bmat

    Answer by Bmat at 1:14 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • portable dvd player.
    erlsk

    Answer by erlsk at 1:15 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • When i was younger we made a game... when your driving or whoever is driving... go down the alphabet and point out things on the road the start with that letter... like A- Applebees or A- Airport or the name game "A my name is Annie, My husbands name is Alex, We live in Alabama and sell Apricots" silly games like that were MY favorite
    watersgirls

    Answer by watersgirls at 1:15 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • If the driver is comfortable driving at night the kids should stay sleep for alot of the trip. Try to stop at a hotel with a pool during the day. One parent can be at the pool with the kids so they can have fun and get all that energy out while the other parents sleeps and gets rest for the drive ahead.
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 6:19 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • Bring picnic foods and stop at outdoor rest stops. They can run around and the road can seem "fun" instead of just a boring car ride.
    MamaChamp

    Answer by MamaChamp at 6:21 PM on Jan. 27, 2009

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  • we also try to drive at night. And we also do what MamaChamp suggested also. I have an emergency tooy box in my car-nerf balls, bubbles, catch games from the dollar store. WE picnic at rest stops (have to find one that has lots of open space) and let the kids run around and eat. Then we head out. It does add time but it's worth it.
    pagirl71

    Answer by pagirl71 at 9:48 AM on Jan. 28, 2009

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  • stay home
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:31 AM on Jan. 29, 2009

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