7 Ideas for Surviving a Road Trip with Kids

My memories of growing up are full of road trips and stories about all the fun things we did in the car. Of course, this was in the time before seat belt wearing, much less car seats, were mandatory. I have since discovered that traveling with a kid is harder than it looks. But with a little elbow grease, you can build a road trip to remember even for the littlest kids. Here are 7 tips to see you through the journey:

1. Games. Wondertime has 3 outstanding game ideas for toddlers, preschoolers, and up that are easy to put together and carry in the car.

2. Puppets, especially finger puppets, are great distractions in the car. For little ones, you can play peek-a-boo, tickle games, or even have a sing-a-long with a handful of puppets. Older kids love making up their own stories and songs. You’ve seen my set of Famer Animals in class. Kindermusik carries a similar set for telling the stories of the “Three Little Pigs” or “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

3. Books. Visit your local library right before you leave and stock up on great books for the road. We all know reading with kids is important. Here’s a great opportunity to read with your child, or let him “read” to you.

4. Coloring Pages. Whether you prefer ColorWonder Paper and Markers (which technically don’t make a mess on your child or anywhere else), a Coloring Book and Crayons, a Magnadoodle with Magnets, Sticker Books, or even plain stickers with a laminated page – there are lots of great ways inspire creativity even when you’re child’s stuck in a carseat.

5. Create your own Momergency Kit. Mine would probably include a small bottle of bubbles, some straws, a few small trucks, and a toy phone. Use what works for your child.

6. Novelty. My sister-in-law always run to the Dollar Store right before a big trip and buys at least one small new toy for her son. I have tried this, and indeed, almost regardless of the toy, the novelty itself of this new object buys a lot of entertainment time. The same goes for new books from the library or even an old toy that hasn’t been seen in a very long while. In fact, some books recommend wrapping old toys in wrapping paper for very little ones to unwrap in the car. Both the surprise element and the joy of unwrapping something add to the excitement of the “present.”

7. And of course, Sing Your Way Home! Here’s an old post with ideas for ways to sing and even have a little Kindermusik class in the car.

Happy Traveling!

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