Ways To Entertain Kids On Long Car Journeys
The mere thought of a long car journey with the children can send us into an instant panic, knowing only too well what it’s likely to entail. Cries of “Are we there yet” and “I need the toilet again” combined with tantrums and in-car fighting can mean car journeys are sometimes the stuff of nightmares.
If we’re honest, we’re not surprised our children get restless when they’re stuck in the car for hours at a time, we do too! Here at Nick Jr. we’ve gathered our favourite ideas for passing the time and keeping them happy in the back so why not see if they work for you too?
We love an old fashioned game of eye spy but why not try changing it a little? Depending on the age of your children this could vary from simple things like spotting every lorry that goes past to a long list more like a scavenger hunt. Write out a list to check off or you can make a chart using pictures for those not yet reading.
Make up a series of sounds for certain things like a clap for a bridge, blowing a raspberry for a cow and so on. You can do it just for fun or as the children get older you can award points to the person that makes the noise first. There’s nothing like a bit of sibling rivalry to keep them occupied!
In the lead up to your journey, why not create a travel pack for your child? Gather up small inexpensive ‘stocking filler’ type toys along with their favourite magazine, crayons, stickers, colouring books and anything else they really enjoy doing. Slotted neatly into a handy carrier that you can fasten to the back of the front seats they can be easily accessible and will hold their attention.
They may not be your first choice of soundtrack for a road trip but remembering to load the CD player with their favourite songs or nursery rhymes is a great way to keep them entertained. It won’t be the first time the driver next to you has seen a family singing ‘One Two Buckle My Shoe’ at the top of their voices when stuck in traffic!
We love a good audio book as they are something the whole family can enjoy and can induce a bit of quiet in the back whilst they listen intently. Depending on your child’s age there are so many to choose from and once finished you can all talk about your favourite bits.
Most parents would be lost without some form of TV entertainment on a long journey which is where the trusted tablet or portable DVD player comes in. Rather than give them these at the start of the journey why not try saving them until towards the end when they really are sick of the travelling and all the fun games have been exhausted.
Make it snappy
Challenge your children to take photos of the journey. Whether they use an iPad or you give them a disposable camera, they’ll love capturing their own photos. You can even turn it into a competition with the person having taken the most varied and interesting photos being the winner.
Failing all else, if you have your little one’s favourite snacks on board then you should keep them happy. Try to pack a selection of healthy treats alongside the naughty ones and make sure you spread them out over the journey so you’re not left with just one lollipop half an hour into the trip!