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Non Electric/Tech Road Trip Tips for Kids please? [message #820492] Thu, 14 September 2017 18:08 Go to next message
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Two three day road trips (going there, coming back) for Jonah...no other kiddo in the car. We do not have and will not have ipads and the like in the car. I made this same trip as a child, as did my other three children, but we all had siblings to keep us occupied (for better or for worse).

He's not a reader. I have some toy ideas, coloring books, magnets on cookie sheet...any other inventive things?

And...do you think it is better or worse to do lots of rest stops along the way? My daughter seems to think it was way worse getting in and out of the car so frequently - I felt they needed the space to run/stretch. We'll likely hit KOAs for the majority of the trip to save our pennies and eat better meals, so I'm wondering (since the sleeping will be "less" comfy and probably colder) if I should take her advice and start to push through?

Re: Non Electric/Tech Road Trip Tips for Kids please? [message #820494 is a reply to message #820492 ] Thu, 14 September 2017 18:36 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Lisa T.  is currently offline Lisa T.
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Alphabet game (try to find all the letters of the alphabet in order on signs or license plates)

I Spy

See how many different states' license plates

Pick a color and look for cars of that color (maybe compete to see who can see a red car first...Winner chooses a different color)

Watch for specific kinds of signs...stop sign, exit sign, speed limit sign, route number, name of the destination, etc.

We played a lot of games like this with kiddos when we were traveling.

We also found if we got an extremely early start (like 4 am), young children would sleep late...the longer they slept, the less entertainment required!

No toys that make annoying sounds.

No toys that have many tiny parts unless corralled by a magnet board.

Lisa T.
Re: Non Electric/Tech Road Trip Tips for Kids please? [message #820498 is a reply to message #820494 ] Fri, 15 September 2017 10:20 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Tracy in Peru  is currently offline Tracy in Peru
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Push through or lots of stops is a matter of personal preference. I would be more likely to take stops on the way there and then push through to get home.

Audio books are amazing. Either something for the whole family, or something just for Jonah.

I'm a huge fan of register tape for drawing. One roll will last a long time and it is compact.

And don't feel the need to fill all the time. One of the benefits of car travel is the time for reflection.

In Him--Tracy
Re: Non Electric/Tech Road Trip Tips for Kids please? [message #820501 is a reply to message #820492 ] Fri, 15 September 2017 11:49 Go to previous messageGo to next message
praise2christ  is currently offline praise2christ
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We used a lot of these ideas on our last trip:
http://gluesticksblog.com/2012/06/road-trip-binder-for-kids. html

http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/40-free-printable-road-trip -activities

https://iheartcraftythings.com/word-building-activity-travel -kit.html

https://www.theidearoom.net/road-trip-activities-traveling-w ith-kids

Stacy, mom to 12-year-old boy/girl twins and a three-year-old boy.

"Every man's life is a fairy tale written by God's finger." Hans Christian Andersen
Re: Non Electric/Tech Road Trip Tips for Kids please? [message #820550 is a reply to message #820492 ] Sun, 24 September 2017 16:01 Go to previous message
Lisa R.  is currently offline Lisa R.
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We always have a cooler for water or other drinks, and some snacks for a road trip (healthy(ish) is best...fruit, granola, beef jerky...whatever your family likes). We usually power through till someone needs to stop for a bathroom break...usually every 2-3 hours, depending on the age of the kids and the size of the bladders. Wink. Rest areas are really good for that...quick bathroom break, and grassy places to run for a few minutes before hopping back in.

A shallow box of some sort, with cars or legos or action figures...whatever he likes...but the box keep things out of the floor. Play dough if he enjoys it and is reasonably neat with it.

We took a trip one time where we had whatever entertainment, but we gave it out a bit at a time. In other words, not a big box of stuff to do, but here's this activity and in an hour, maybe here's another one. If you're going to be part of the interaction, try to find a few of those magnetic travel games like checkers. I think they even have stuff like Snakes 'n Ladders...a few things that are good for young ones, but I'm not sure how much of that is one-person appropriate.

if he's into coloring at all, try to find printable coloring pages for the areas you're traveling...state park/memorial pictures...geography of the area...that sort of thing...then it can be fun and educational (homeschooling is a lifestyle! Wink Very Happy). Pro tip: colored pencils do not melt when left in the sun as crayons do!

We did the letter/license plate/sign games a lot. Singing, if you're into that. If you can read without getting carsick, you could bring books along to read aloud.

Google travel games/activities...there are tons of ideas out there.

Lisa R.
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