Keep kids busy during long car rides: 4 tips
For many, the Holiday Season means packing up the car and traveling great distances to visit friends and family. It’s all fine and good until you factor in the “are we there yet?” and “how much longer” of the kids.
Long car rides traditionally translates to bored and whiny children, which leads to aggravated adults. Don’t dread the distance. Keep the kiddie companions entertained for miles.
If your car doesn’t already have an installed DVD player, you can find them for relatively inexpensive K-mart, Best Buy, Target or free at the library. Be armed with an arsenal of favorite movies and buy a couple that the kids haven’t seen a million times already.
Hand held video game devices or iPods filled with apps can keep them quiet for miles.
The library is a great place to find books on tape or CD, usually with a huge selection for kids. Also, if the kids have a Kindle or other ereader, let them pick out a book or two. There’s also the old fashioned, never out-of-style bookstore to visit!
When you think it’s time to take a break from the screen, present Crayola Color Wonders products. They’re great for traveling, and you don’t have to worry about the kids coloring all over the car or each other.
Other great activity travel items are sticker books, activity books, Mad-libs, or invisible ink activity books from yesteryear. Check out Klutz activity kits, too. Some of them are perfect for long car rides.
Play the alphabet game: name animals, food, or anything that strikes the family’s fancy. The license plate game is always fun, too. Or the colored car game, perhaps without punching someone every time the chosen color car is called out.
Also, travel sized board games or magnetic board games are a great purchase and they can be reused, unlike some of the activity books.
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