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Old 06-15-2021, 01:32 PM   #1
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How Do You Keep Your Children Busy on a Road Trip?


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Old 06-15-2021, 01:53 PM   #2
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There are so many things available to entertain kids these days

How/what entertains them at home....some can be done on road trips

Back in the day when I was a kid it was coloring books and 'license plate' game
That and 'leave your sister alone'.....'do you want me to pull over'
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Old 06-15-2021, 05:20 PM   #3
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I send them postcards. They just give them to their kids.
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Old 06-15-2021, 09:18 PM   #4
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From my children only the youngest one (14 months) really needs an entertainment, other two usually have their own idea of what they want to do and we only correct that a little.
- Audiobooks - nope, my kids don't like them and i don't force it. They read normal books, we usually take few with us and later buy some on the way. We also use often book exchange boxes which became very popular these days. I don't know who had this idea, but it is a great one!!!
- video games - yes, but only certain ones. First we have to "approve" the game if they want to play something new, mostly we are choosing from gameplaf cause they have different categories and all the games which are in the categories "for boys" or "for girls" are mostly ok. No shooters, no horrors, no naked people. My son likes racing games+sport games and my daughter usually plays some puzzle games. The playtime for both of them is strictly limited. They get 4 "tickets" a week each ticket is for a half hour. They can earn and extra half hour of game time a day if they do and extra job. I usually make it a harder job. Can't play anymore than 1 hour a day. With the exception of Sat. No playing after 5:00.
- Board games - that's our favorite things from this list. Monopoly, Dixit, Chess, Scrabble, Clue, Risk, Checkers, you name it.. We have lots of board games and mostly play on Sunday afternoon or other days in the evening. It becomes more and more interesting to play games with our children as they grow up. You can really notice how they change their way of thinking .
- Card games - are not so popular in our family, I don't have anything against, we just don't have cards with us and we never thought of buying. The only deck of cards we have it's UNO. Our kids like it a lot, often ask to play with, cause its more fun to play with many people.
From the thing you didn't mention we also do some exercises in the morning together with the kids (good way to get rid of too much energy), cycling, hiking, play volleyball.
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Old 06-15-2021, 09:36 PM   #5
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According to my mom, it's Dramamine or Benadryl.

(They did the Los Angeles-Minneapolis two-way drive about seven or eight times, with one kid, then two, then three. Can't say that I blame her.)

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Old 06-17-2021, 11:41 AM   #6
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Thank you very much!!!
Some great ideas :-) will def. consider
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Whatever you do, try to avoid electronic gadgets...i.e. smart phones etc. Those don't encourage imagination and thinking.
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Old 06-21-2021, 05:47 AM   #8
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When I was a kid, I used to write and draw in a notebook during trips when I wasn't on something Nintendo related.

I also always traveled with music, so creating a travel playlist on Spotify might be helpful.
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My little daughter always reads comics during every trip. Never been naughty ever. I'm thankful for that
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We used to play the license plate game. Someone is a score keeper with a list for each person. Whenever anyone spots a state (province) license plate the score keeper adds that plate to that person's list.

First to spot a state plate gets that state for the rest of the game. No duplication allowed. The winner is the one with the most states spotted first! Special notice goes to person with the most rare plate, maybe District of Columbia or Quebec.

Driver and front seat passengers generally excluded from game. They have an unfair advantage and the front seat is generally Mom and Dad.

Worked way back when!
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Old 07-31-2021, 07:43 PM   #11
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We would play the “RV Game”. Where we had to watch for and be the first to correctly identify the type of RV’s in the opposite lanes headed the other direction.
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Old 07-31-2021, 10:36 PM   #12
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I would leave them wondering where mommy and daddy were and if coming home soon.

Kept their minds occupied.
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The kids and we big kids are Disney fans. Each one gets to pick a movie. The tv is mid room so the driver cannot be distracted by the picture. Of course the driver loves listening to the grandkids and the movies too.

One Disney movie is close to one pit stop. No one is allowed out of their seat belts short of an emergency.

We can measure a long trip in how many movies we watch. On short trips of two hours or less the tv is usually off.
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My kids are 6+11, but have been camping since birth. When small my wife playing with them was enough. Now that they are bigger they play video games or watch tv. We are in a class A so we have the room and amenities available while driving.

Melissa and Doug makes a cool license plate game. Basically find a new plate and find it on the map and flip it over to learn about the capital. Keeps my kids busy because it turns into a competition.
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