Tips for car trips
Must have kid-accessories for the car:
Never ever leave the house without a fully stocked kid-friendly car. Here are some of the top items to keep in the car for trips.
- Reading material - their age will dictate what sort, but whatever they enjoy.
- Pack a lunch - if you stop and buy them fizzy drinks and sugar laden snacks, they will be bouncing off the walks and eventually fade, waking up drained and miserable from their sugar high.
- Deck of playing cards for snap or go fish.
- A pad and pencils, pens, and crayons are a nice quiet activity for the younger ones.
- Wet wipes - naturally!
- Motion sickness and mild paracetemol medication - a child who is not feeling great is going to be a bad passenger.
- Fill the backseat up with pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and every other soft thing you are taking with you. The pile becomes a comfy bed for curling up and dozing off.
If you can beg or borrow any hand held game or kid computer, or audio book, or portable DVD player - do it. Not only will it keep them entertained, but it will tire out their eyes, making them much more likely to nod off on a long journey.
The Name Game
Quite simply, you have to come up with the name of a celebrity, (or literary figure, cartoon character, or any famous or well-known name) that would be commonly known to at least two of the participants, whose first name begins with the first letter of the previous person's last name.
An example game would run as follows;
1. Hana Montana
2. Mylie Cyrus
3. Cinderella ( in the case on single word names, use the last letter of the name as your next starting letter)
I Went to the Store
In this game, the first player will start the game by saying 'I went to the store, and I bought...', followed by something that starts with the letter 'A'. The next person says the same thing (including what the previous player said), and adds something that starts with the letter 'B'. If you manage to keep a game going to 'Z', you can start a new alphabet.
An example of a short game would be something like this:
(1st person) I went to the store, and I bought an apple.
(2nd Person) I went to the store, and I bought an apple, and a banana
(3rd person or 1st person again) I went to the store, and I bought an apple, a banana and cucumber
If a player forgets what one of the letters is supposed to be, they are out. The last player remaining wins.
If you try all the above and you still have raving mad munchkins in the backseat, find a place to stop and let them run wild for a while, it might slow your journey down, but at least you all arrive as a loving family.