With the holiday season hot on our heels, it is likely that most families will be doing some traveling in the next month or so. Whether you are will be shuttling around town by car or looking at a lengthier cross country trip, the addition of a child can quickly make a 2 hour trip feel like 10 hours. Preparing ahead of time with snacks and activities to keep your children entertained can help make the time pass quickly and painlessy. Below are some of our favorite ideas for passing the time while traveling with children.
Land of Nod
With 67 magnets for endless permutations of characters, your kids will stay engaged for long stretches of time. Magnetic pieces ensure that you will have all of the pieces on hand for a second round of playtime on the trip home.
Melissa and Doug
While there are lots of books and flashcards aimed at sparking discussion on road trips, we can’t resist the retro illustrations and variety in this pack. The box includes prompts for conversations and quizzes, as well as game-instruction cards and a license plate ID game.
Snacks are a no-brainer. Up the fun-factor by packing them in this adorable road trip themed lunch bag.
Road trips are great opportunities for visual journaling. Ask your children to keep their eyes peeled for things that they might like to draw and then to capture their favorites. Corn silos, cows, evergreens, buildings, and other vehicles all make for perfect subject matter. Of course, when you reach your destination an entirely new field of opportunity will open up for even more creative journaling.
Little Golden Books are hard to beat for travel given the sheer volume you can pack in such a small space. Given the breadth of titles available, you will be sure to find something that will complement your child’s current interests.
This fun storage unit conveniently attaches to the back of the car seat and features a fold out desk surface for activities. Snacks, supplies and small toys can be stored within the zippered pouches.
The Dr. Seuss Travel cube features 4 games for between 2 and 4 players and the timeless and ageless appeal of Dr. Seuss. The adorable travel caddy is likely to captivate little ones, perhaps even more than the games themselves!
This compact deck offers a breadth of games and activities and is the perfect size for travel. Read ahead of time so that you are sure to plan ahead for any additional supplies needed.
Land of Nod
Competitive siblings? Use it to your advantage for once by introducing this classic and travel-friendly (e.g., small and magnetic) version from Land of Nod on your next trip.
I Heart Naptime
I Heart Naptime has created a DIY personalized activity board for road trips. Visit their blog for instructions on how to create one of these sweet sets for your kids and also get their cute printable road trip scavenger hunt.