We travel a lot. The hubby and I each grew up in different states and then moved to yet another state, so we find ourselves on the road to “grandma’s house” a good bit.
We’ve never been ones to have the kiddos watch a ton of television in the car. We always enjoy taking advantage of this fairly un-distracted amount of time by singing as a family or talking about whatever comes to mind. Which was great, when the kids were younger. Now that they’re getting older, they don’t really enjoy the same songs or don’t want to be as open with their info and we find ourselves with more and more air time to fill.
What we’ve turned to, and what has really worked for us, is books on tape. With the exception of my daughter, we all enjoy it. Truthfully- I think she enjoys them as well, but just doesn’t want to admit defeat.
Here is a list of our favorite family friendly books on tape:
- Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
- Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald
- Pie by Sarah Weeks (one of my favorites)
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
- Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park
- The Penderwicks Books by Jeanne Birdsall
- Holes by Louis Sachar
- Stink series by Megan McDonald
To pick which book we listen to, I have the kiddos choose a number between 1 and (insert number of books you have.) Whichever number is chosen, that’s the winner! (Otherwise they’d never agree on a book.)
We also enjoy playing games in the car. You know those typical traveling games. I found an AMAZING list (that also includes downloads) here. HIGHLY recommend it!
Because of those activities and the books that I just reserved from the library (no, I haven’t made the jump into the 21st century just yet, I still get them from the library) I’m really looking forward to our next trip!
So now that the kiddos are entertained, you know that they’re going to get hungry! I bought 2 fishing boxes and before every long trip I fill them with snacks.
Ideas for snacks that were a hit are:
- Grapes (cut up)
- Mini marshmellows
- Granola bars
- Cheese cubes (or Babybels)
- Quaker Oat Squares
- Cheez Its
- Carrot sticks
- Apple slices (I soak them in lemon water first so that they don’t turn brown.)
- Pretzel sticks
You get the idea, just make sure that it isn’t a choking hazard. When they start to grumble that they’re hungry, I pass each of them their tackle boxes and they can eat at their leisure.
Have any great ideas on how to pass the time while you clock some miles? I’d love to hear your suggestions below!
Enjoy the moment!