Entertaining children while they are strapped in a car seat should definitely be enlisted as one of the Olympic disciplines. Anyone who has ever traveled with their toddler knows how exhausting it can be to keep them entertained at all times. If your holiday season includes a long road trip, you are probably dreading the adventure that lies before you. However, with some clever tips and tricks, you can be prepared for any kind of situation and make this journey as pleasant as possible. So, let’s begin.
Toys are your best friends
You’ve read it right, they are not your little one’s best friends, they are yours! These little things will keep your child occupied and entertained for a while, so you can actually enjoy the ride, listen to music or talk to your partner. However, make sure not to give all of them to your kid at once or they will quickly get bored. Instead, keep them in a bag in front of your seat and hand them to your toddler one by one. If you are not sure what to bring, you can find amazing travel toys at BornCute.com for kids of all ages.
If your little one loves playing with your things more than they like their own toys, find an old wallet you are not using anymore and fill it with old business cards or something else your kid cannot swallow. This is a great source of entertainment and it won’t cost you a penny.
Pack enough food
Having a hungry kid with you in the car can easily turn your road trip experience into a nightmare. Unless you want to listen to whining, crying and cranky mumbling for hours, make sure you bring enough snacks with you. Choose foods that are car-friendly, and by that I mean those that won’t require deep cleaning the car seat afterward. Avoid the sticky stuff and stick to crumbly snacks that won’t mess up your vehicle.
Turn up the volume
If your child loves listening to music, make a playlist that includes all of their favorite tunes and organize a singalong. You can also play a game where you will dance to one of the songs (well, as much as you can while sitting in the front seat), and your kid should copy your moves. Afterward, you can switch, so they become the leader and you need to follow their dance moves.
Bring kid-friendly audiobooks
When they are no longer interested in music, try playing audiobooks that are suited for small children. You can easily find the ones with a bunch of funny short stories that will crack your kid up and keep them occupied for a long time.
Bring a whiteboard
When children draw they usually spend a ton of paper. However, with a whiteboard, they can develop their creativity and let their imagination run wild without making a huge mess and turning your backseat into a trash can. If you wish to avoid having a few marks on your seats as well, get a couple of those cheap plastic covers and you won’t have to worry about a thing. In case your little one really loves drawing, a simple whiteboard and a few markers will keep them entertained for hours.
Turn the backseat of your car into a movie theater
The rules are simple- both you and your little one get to choose one movie you will watch during the ride. Download those movies to your tablet, make some popcorn and have enjoyable family time. In case you have several kids, let each of them choose one movie they want to see.
With some clever tricks your road trip can easily become a pleasant experience you will cherish for a long time.