Some parents dread traveling with kids, yet this is something you have to do from time to time. The following are a few tips that will help entertain your kids and get to your destination without so much hassle.
Documenting the Trip
If you want to make sure your kids are entertained during your trip, consider giving them the job of documenting the entire trip. Ask your kids what they are willing to do to document this trip. Some kids might think it’s enough to just jot down information about the trip while others might be compelled to take pictures or record videos. Once everything is done, you can help your kids edit the information, and maybe you could publish a video of the entire trip that’ll help make your kids feel like they contributed to your trip.
Let Your Kids Guide the Trip
Another effective way to control your kids during your travels is to have them come up with a travel plan. Of course, you know where you are going, so your kids change your destination, but what you can do is give your kids the route before you take off. You’ll be doing this so that they can study the destination and find interesting places where you can stop. Giving your kids this job should make the trip more exciting, which should help reduce the chances of your kids going nuts during your trip. If your kids choose places that could or could not be open, be sure to make calls before the trip to confirm you can stop at these points of interest.
Turning to Technology
You can turn to technology during your trip to help keep your kids under control. Now, there are a few things to keep in mind if you are going to do something like this, like making sure you have enough chargers for your kids. You don’t want to hear the fight that could erupt if they are forced to share chargers. You also want to make sure you consider internet access. There are internet deserts all over the country, and this means there could be certain areas where your kids won’t be able to connect to the internet. Depending on where you are going, you’ll have to download games, music, TV shows, and movies beforehand so that your kids have access to these even if the internet is down. Keep in mind that there are plenty of games that are educational for your children that you can download!
Traveling and Reading
Another good idea is to allow your kids to read during the trip. Of course, you could bring along a few books, but that can get a little inconvenient and add extra weight to your luggage. Plus, it will reduce the amount of space in your vehicle. An easier choice is to invest in an ePub reader where your kids can have access to hundreds of stories. Consider coming up with a reading list for your kids, and maybe ask them to summarize what they read in order to improve their reading comprehension and memory. If you have multiple children, you can try having them take turns reading to each other. This will entertain them while being a great learning activity.
Classic & Easy Car Games
Car games that do not require any physical game pieces to play and can involve the whole family will come in handy during any trip with children. There are many games you can use to keep your kids entertained like “I Spy” or “20 Questions” just to name a few. You could also bring some playing cards or similar games for your children. They should be able to play this in the back seat. Once you learn these games, you can teach your kids how to play them. These may not keep your kids entertained the whole trip, but they should give you some valuable time. The rest of the time you can rely on other tips mentioned earlier. Be sure to consider your children’s age with these games so that you don’t choose something a little too boring for older kids.
Entertaining kids isn’t easy, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. You can do a lot with the tips mentioned here, so don’t be afraid to try something new.