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Author: Levi Quinn
Whether you’re driving your kids to a doctor’s appointment or you’re taking them on a week long road trip, you should provide plenty of activities to keep them busy in the car. Although you may see your car as more of a functional item, with a little creativity you can turn it into a moving activity center. This will ensure that your kids will always have a pleasant ride and that driving them around will be a stress free process.
HIGH TECH IDEAS:
One high tech option is to buy a portable DVD player for the car and to stock some of your child’s favorite cartoon DVDs in the back seat. These DVD players are relatively inexpensive and are designed to resist jolts and bumps in the road. You can take it one step further and buy a pricier touch screen DVD player so you’re child can watch and play with interactive videos. Handheld videogames or electronic activity books are another high tech way of keeping your kids entertained in the car.
A more traditional option is to keep a stash of coloring books, crayons and playing cards in the car. If your children are a bit older, you can stock puzzle magazines and young adult books. You can also keep a travel scrapbook in the car to which your kids can add photos and interesting things they find; this can be a lot of fun on road trips and it encourages kids to focus more on the scenery than on being in the car.
Playing simple games with your children can help cement their spelling and vocabulary skills and help them learn new things about the world. Some word and observation games include:
- I spy: you spy something and describe it by saying “I spy with my little eye…” and then your kids have to figure out what it is.
- The license plate game: kids keep an eye out for license plates from different states.
- Twenty questions: you try to figure out what something is by asking twenty questions about it.
- Competitive rhyming: each person or team tries to come up with the best rhymes.
- State capitals: you name a state and they have to name the corresponding state capital.
If you’re into singing, there are several children’s songs such as ‘The farmer in the dell’ and ‘B-I-N-G-O” that can provide hours of fun, especially if some of the lyrics are replaced with silly words.
A creative tip from momsminivan.com is to keep a roll of aluminum foil in the car for your kids to mold into different shapes; some ideas include miniature barnyard animals and costume at Ebay or Amazon jewelry. If you’re not afraid of messes, you can keep a few containers of play dough in the car for them to mold into various shapes as well.
Car activities can boost your children’s creativity and overall happiness but most importantly, they can keep your children relaxed and allow you to fully focus on the road while driving. This makes driving with your children enjoyable and ensures a safe trip; after all, you can’t drive properly when you’re bombarded with incessant whining and crying, and you have to stick your arm into the back seat every few minutes to break up fights.
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