Got summer travel plans with the kids? Have no fear...this mommy is here to save the day with some awesome car activities for you!
Earlier this year, our family took a trip to visit my in-laws. The thought of being trapped in a car for a minimum of six hours with four kids under the age of six got me a bit tense...okay a LOT tense. So, I did what any savvy mommy would do....I opened my Pinterest app and started pinning!! Here are my TOP FIVE favorite activities I found to entertain the kids while traveling.
1. Road Trip Scavenger Hunt
This is super fun and really helps pass the time. Simply download a fun, printable checklist like this and have the kids keep their eyes peeled for each item on the list. The first family member to get all the items gets a prize!
2. Cookie Sheet Activity Tray
I love this idea. You just need a metal cookie sheet and various magnets. You can use magnet alphabet letters, magnet paper dolls, magnet tiles...anything magnetic works! Afterwards, the sheet can also be a great tabletop for drawing, coloring or snacking! Who would have thought something so easy could be such a great tool for road trips?
3. Make a "Snack Worthy" Necklace
Since I have young children, beads scare me. They can end up in an ear, up a nose or even worse, down the throat! So, when I stumbled across a snackable necklace idea, I thought it was pure genius! It's a super simple way for children to work on their fine motor skills and they can snack on it later. You can use Cheerios, lifesavers, fruit loops or anything with a hole in the middle that is age appropriate.
Simply use a piece of string or yarn with a big knot on one end and watch your kids happily create their own edible necklace! A perfect activity for a road trip.
4. I Spy Car Bingo
I have three boys under the age of four who already love cars so I know this will be a hit when they are just a bit older to play this.
In true Bingo tradition, each player gets a bingo card and when they see a vehicle on their card they cover the space. You can play four corners, a straight line or even cover the whole card. The winner yells.... BINGO!!
5. And the kid's choice award goes to....Present Time!
Before we left on our last trip, I wrapped a bunch of presents so that each kid had a gift to unwrap each hour that we were on the road. Some of the gifts were activities such as coloring books/activity books, craft projects like this one from Melissa and Doug, small toys...anything that I knew would peak my kids' interest. They loved opening the presents and having something new to do. It really helped the hours fly by!
So there you go. With these five simple activities, your road trip will be less stress and a whole lot more fun for the whole family.
Stephanie is the voice behind the blog “The Inspired Mommy” where she shares (sometimes too much) what life with four children under the age of seven is really like...the good, the bad and the ugly....and how she loves every second of it.