Since having our kids, we have still ventured out on driving vacations. If you’re looking for ideas on how to survive an airplane ride, check out some tips from last week. One of the things I love to know is how to pass the time with kids when driving or traveling!
First, lower expectations for any vacation you take! Enjoy the time to make memories with your kids and enjoying wherever you go. One of our favorite things to do with our two boys (ages 2 and 4) is to spend time at the beach or just relaxing. They will enjoy being able to just spend time with you with no real distractions.
Stuff to hold
New and fresh toys (Dollar Store or the $1 section at Target can provide some great ideas!)
Movies & DVD player
Kids’ music & CDs
iPad or Reader of some sort with games/books
Usborne Books also has some great options: Sticker books, search books, wipe off cards like, “100 Things for Little Children to Do on a Trip!” There are also great read along books with CDs.
Stuff to do
Watch new movies or shows
Color, draw pictures, or read
Play travel games
Engage in fun road games
License plate spotting
Rock, Paper, Scissors
The Banana Game (spotting yellow cars, trucks, buses, vehicles)
Slug Bug, Punch Bug, whatever you call it! (I don’t recommend this if tensions are high)
Consider leaving near naptime or bedtime. Kiddos may be more likely to sleep through most of the drive or trip if it’s a normal time they usually sleep.
Many of these ideas come from experience and from perusing Pinterest. Do you have any special ways to pass the time while traveling? Share with us on our Pinterest page.