Since moving up to Arizona we’ve taken our share of road trips. Since I was born and raised on O’ahu, the idea of traveling to another state by car was quite an adventure. Our first journey was a 5 hour drive to Vegas. We weren’t parents yet so we didn’t need to find any “activities” to fill up the time. Just watching the scenery change worked for us.
Once Haylee was born our car rides took quite a shift. Keeping a container of activities is a must. Having a portable DVD player, tablet or laptop isn’t always an option plus we didn’t want her to miss out on the view along the way.
Haylee’s Road Trip Activity Ideas
Car Bingo: We found free printable sheets online. Make them re-usable by laminating or slipping into sheet protectors. Keep them in a binder or clipboard with a dry erase marker.
Finding Phonograms: Honestly, this was all Haylee’s idea. One day we were in the car and she got all excited that she found a phonogram on a store sign. It became a car game after that. We keep a set of phonogram flash cards in the car so she can find them while we are out and about.
Karaoke Fun: We made a CD with a bunch of songs that are perfect for road trippin’. Pop it in and let the whole family enjoy!
Here are some ideas from Little Passports that are sure to make the time fly by (or at least go by a little faster):
- Save your most recent Little Passports delivery from Sam and Sofia for your road trip so your kids to learn and explore during the car ride.
- Say goodbye to your trusted GPS! Bring back the memory of car trips as a kid and use a map! The night before your trip bring out an actual map (if you can find one!) to show your intended route to your child. Even better, copy the map and pull out a highlighter so your child can follow along – and let you know when you missed a turn.
- Build in time for pit stops – and if time allows, make short stops that incorporate fun activities along the way. Everyone will need a bathroom break and a meal, but if that happens at a place right off the highway and near playground it can be better for everyone! The kids will get fed – and burn off some energy.
- Hit up a dollar store before you leave and stock up on small toys and activities to give to your kids along the way. Every hour let your child choose a surprise – a great incentive for good behavior! You can even wrap the toys for an added element of excitement.
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