You are about to pull your hair out, just picture Chris Farley in a moment of frustration driving down the road, because your kids are bored, and driving you crazy those lovable little ones 🙂
Your in the midst of wanting to drop all of them off and drive into the sunset j/k, but lets be honest all of us parents have had this moment I call the Bridge Imbankment courtesy of the late Chris Farley.
Here is your solution:
#1) Play road game greats, such as: license plate searches for each of the fifty states, types and makes of cars, counting cows, best impersonator of the animals we see, Sing alongs although not my favorite.
Sticky Note Time Tabs
Here is another one of the 3 tips for organized travel in this series, and it focuses on organized travel with kids.
A little bit of planning and preparation goes a long way in making a road trip with children easier, enjoyable and more fun! This is what we used on our recent travels from western NY to northern Maine.
Sticky Note Time Tabs
Sticky Note Time Tabs for Organized Travel with Kids – Neat Nest Organizing
Here is how it works:
1. Choose an interval of travel time that suits the age and developmental stage of your child(ren). Mine are 8 and 6, so one-hour increments were just right for them.
2. Use sticky notes to record the increments and stick them to the center console below the clock.
3. Tell the children that when the clock-time matches the sticky note-time, there will be a small surprise.
4. When the interval is reached, remove the sticky note and hand out the prize/monotony-breaker.
5. Add more intervals as needed. (I could only fit four at a time.)
The prizes I packed included:
*Little craft kits (sticky mosaics are a big hit!)
*Activity books (paper dolls, sticker storybooks)
*Little trinket toy set
*Little coloring kit
*Candy (Gasp! Yes, a few small treats are just fine to enjoy.)
*Book on CD
*iPod with music
*iPod Touch for electronic game time
Travel Guess Who? and Bendaroos were fun options, too.
Bingo also found its way into the prize bag. I can call out the objects from my seat.
Removable sticky page tabs make great travel bingo markers. They stay put & are reusable, too!
Tootsie Pop Contest: See how long each person can go without biting off the candy.
This took about 20+ minutes; it was fun and also kept things quiet for a bit- bonus!
Packed prize bag was stored near me for easy access.
Note: Prizes came from many sources. We bought a few at Dollar General, got some from Grandma specifically for the trip and some were from a stash I had put away a few months ago. (They seemed like new when brought out for the trip!)
Also, each child was required to pack her own car bag as well. I am not the only source of entertainment for trips. At these ages, my children are primarily responsible for making their own fun, and they really enjoy preparing and packing their own bags, too.
Inspiration for this idea came from a July 2012 article in Family Fun Magazine. The author used clothespins attached to the visor instead of the sticky notes. The sticky notes worked better for us, and I liked having the exact time increment written on each. It prevented the constant barrage of “is-it-time-for-our-next-surprise?” questions. Plus, the sticky notes were easy to store, use and remove.
idea and content from neatnestorganizing.com
#5) Create some surprise Eggs and wraps some gifts from the dollar store for them to open on the car ride.