So I think we are headed for another little heatwave and I am about to set off in the car for a couple of days at the seaside with the kids! It got me thinking about travelling with kids and so I thought I'd compile a little list of my top tips for keeping the kids entertained on long car journeys! So without further ado, let's get into it...
I know that some people very firmly do not allow eating in their car but I'm afraid I do like to ply them with lots of snacks on long journeys to avoid those inevitable "I'm hungry" cries! I like to get the kids to pack these themselves so I give them a lunch bag and some pots and let them choose their own items - ensuring that they pack at least one piece of fruit!
On hot days like these, our cooler bags are perfect for keeping snacks cool in the car. Simply pop-in a cool pack for added cooling! Made from recycled plastic and wipe-clean for any little spills! We have plenty of different designs available here.
2. Activity books
I love books that keep the kids entertained with lots of activities and Usbourne Books do fantastic ones - sticker books, wipe clean activities, magic water painting, puzzle books, you name it! Also, sometimes just a simple notebook and pen can keep them entertained from basic mark-making for little ones right up to writing their own adventure stories or keeping a diary of their holidays.
3. I Spy tick sheets/books!
I don't care how old the kids are, in my experience all kids love a challenge and having to tick things off! You can buy fabulous Eye-Spy books which have a whole book-full of things that they need to find and tick off, more rare items awarding them more points. But one of tjhe simplest and most successful activity I ever created when my daughter was about two was to draw different coloured cars on a piece of paper, stick it on a clipboard and let her stick a tally everytime she saw one of the colours. I kid you not, this literally kept her entertained for an entire 3 hour journey to Wales once!!
4. Electronic Devices