Fun For Kids In the Car!

When children have a long car ride, it can get ROUGH.  Between the “Are we there yet?”,  and the bickering between siblings it is enough to make parents NEVER want to travel again.   There are some things we can do to help with the car ride though, it isn’t going to make it perfect but it does help.

Have a bag for each child to put things ONLY for the car/van.  Some things in my kids are DS, stuff animal, favorite toy, drawing materials, crayons or colored pencils, books, a few favorite snacks (granola, candy, dried fruit, pretzels), and sunglasses (kids love to have their own)

Videos can be great, if you have a player in the car-we do not, so we have to come up with other things.  But it can be a GREAT resource.

If you have room for the cooler they are WONDERFUL to have.  Juice boxes, soft drinks, water bottles, some fruit, all kinds of things can do in there and you don’t have to make so many stops.  Not to mention it helps save MONEY.

And our FAVORITE, audio books.  I spend time searching for ones that are good for most ages, on this trip we brought The Boxcar Children, The Silver Chair(Narnia book), and Mr. Poppers Penguins.  The library has some great ones, even for toddlers/preschoolers.  There are times no one is moving or speaking because they are ALL so engrossed in the story, even mom and dad.  We all love them!

My favorite travel resource website is Kids love travel.   George and Michele Zavatsky have done such a great job in providing resources to help parents find great places to travel to when you are in particular states that kids love.  You pick the state your going to and they have all the places kids love when you go there in their books, we already have three of them.  They have been to so many places, they even know the secrets to going to places at certain times.  For example a history place that might typically be boring for a young child, they will tell you to go there on homemade ice cream day and it brings the place to life and kids end up having a great time.  LOVE that!  You can buy the e-version and load them on your kindle or nook.

They also sell kits of games for the cars.  Travel bingo where the kids have to find things on the road trip and whoever gets a line first gets bingo and much more.

What do you do to entertain the kids in the car for those long drives?

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  1. missy says

    On our two week road trip across the mid-west each kid got an activity basket and binder. In the basket they had snacks, drawing pad and pencils, a few new dollar store items and their Leapsters. In the binder I had printed out road trip games, tick-tac-toe sheets, journal entry sheets so they could write or draw about their trip and for each state we had a coloring page with state facts and a few state games like word finds etc. It was the longest road trip we had ever taken and the best! We also like to listen to audio books, but our favorite is “The Adventures in Odyssey” series by Focus on the Family. Fun stories and great lessons learned!

  2. says

    It’s been a while since our kids were little – before there even WAS the option of watching videos in the car! 🙂

    We always traveled with books and books-on-tape with a “walkman”… but the best thing we ever did (and our grown kids sill remember) was on a trip from Canada to Florida.

    I bought a bunch of small toys, books, games, etc. Wrapped them up in fun wrapping paper and put them in a special cloth grab-bag. Whenever I felt the kids were getting bored or unhappy or frustrated with each other, I’d pull out the grab bag and let them reach in to get a gift. Unwrapping gifts is such fun and then they had something new to occupy them for a while.

  3. says

    When my siblings and I were small, we didn’t have all the options today. We played a game called the alphabet game. You started with “A” and then had to name something you saw from the car with that letter. You had a certain time limit for each letter. We also played I Spy game. I Spy something that is red and tall. And they had to guess what it was.
    I love the Kids love travel books. I just found that my library has that book. I’m going to go thru that, since I take my grandchildren for a week each year. Love the individual bags for each person, less issues.
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  4. says

    Traveling with three kids definitely tests my patience and I imagine it test theirs as well. I did something similar to Lori and did seem to work well.

    We plays other games, such as you need to name a plant/flower or tree for each letter of the alphabet and similar games. It does make the time go by. Thanks for the ideas.

    Good luck with your blog.

    Candace Davies
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  5. Patty says

    We do not have a cd player in the van, but we have used a lap top to watch a video.

  6. says

    We love the audio books option. Also radio dramas. We only have one and now he’s getting old enough for real conversation so sometimes we go that root. Thanks for the great ideas!

  7. says

    Audio books are a favorite in my car as well. My kids each have their own cd player and headphones, but we spent $4 to buy a splitter so they could listen together if they want. Love Narnia and my kids are fanatics about Adventures in Odyssey! Thanks for the suggestions!

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