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Smarter Family: Road Trip Tips

Posted by on May. 6, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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When we take family road trips, as we are about to do again this weekend, I have to get creative with ways to keep my 4-year-old calm and happy in her car seat for hours, because we don't have one of those fancy cars with a TV. And that's ok, because it's kind of fun to play car games, I think. Here are some of the ways I have come up with to keep her busy and content on the road, be in it cars or trains or airplanes even:

-Play "I spy". We take turns spying and guessing, and this can go on for a long time.

-Play scavenger hunt. We like to look for animals, colors, cool road signs and shapes, or interesting vehicles around us, like a flatbed or tractor or golf cart.

-Sing songs. We crank up the radio and sing along. This definitely makes the time go by, and burns some energy too! I bring along a few of my daughter's CD's as well. Listening to her favorite music entertains her and soothes her at the same time. Win, win!

-See who can keep a straight face the longest. (My kid loses every time and thinks it's hysterical).

-Books are one of the best ways to capture my kid's attention and keep her calm, anytime. I pick books that she is really interested in lately as well as some old favorites we have not read in a long time, just to mix it up.

-I always stash a few yummy treats and dish them out in small doses. My kid gets carsick so I have to stick to gum and lollipops and mints but that's enough to keep her happy for while and brighten her mood.

-I bring things she can play with easily in her hands like some play dough or pipe cleaners. In an airplane or train, if there is a small table surface, I bring a few Legos so she can build too and cards.

-In the car, I keep some instruments, like a little tambourine and couple of maracas to make music with.

-My kid always enjoys travel art supplies like a small dry-erase board and crayons or markers, a new coloring book, or a notepad with a pen on string attached. Of course stickers are fun too.

How do you keep your kids entertained when you travel?

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bwsmommy
by Platinum Member on May. 6, 2013 at 1:40 AM
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we sing and play slug bug and water tower .. !! it seems to keep everyone happy ! we also stop often so everyone can stretch and move about ! snacks and drinks are also a must !

Rain2Rinse
by on May. 6, 2013 at 5:45 AM
Dd is a reader, so it is pretty easy to keep her occupied. We also make frequent stops to allow her to stretch her legs and blow off energy.
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brownhoney21
by Ruby Member on May. 6, 2013 at 6:04 AM

 My girls take there DS's with them and there cameras and take pictures .

MamaJane
by Jane:) on May. 6, 2013 at 7:15 AM
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We always pack a goody bag of things they haven't seen prior to the trip. Coloring and activity books, new reading books, etc.

I have to entertain an 8 and 9 yo for a half an hour during my daughters drum lessons and we play my aunt went to Africa and the alphabet game.
wandep
by Pam on May. 6, 2013 at 7:24 AM

They usually have their devices and books.

mamivon2
by Sandra on May. 6, 2013 at 7:45 AM

radio, talk, games,

momofsixangels
by Colleen on May. 6, 2013 at 7:49 AM

We love playing I spy and slug bug

inmybizz
by Gold Member on May. 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM
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talk, read, play games, practice french, take pictures, doodle.

Madelaine
by Ruby Member on May. 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Watch movies, read, play games, draw

Godspitgrl
by Nychole on May. 6, 2013 at 10:28 AM
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Last time I made them each a backpack. They had things to play with, draw on, snack on, and such. It worked very well.

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