1. Bring a Travel Journal
- Buy a simple blank book (check out your local dollar store).
- Younger kids can draw pictures and collect mementos of people, places and things on the journey. Also, check out the i-Zone camera which prints postage-stamp-size photos kids can add instantly to their travel journal
2. Post-It notes
- Kids can draw pictures and create murals on car windows or airplane tray tables.
3. Travel suitcase
- Purchase or make a small size lunch box or gift box. Add small items to keep kids busy like pipe cleaners, activity books, blocks, crayons, markers for glass or moon dough (fairly easy to get out of upholstery and carpet with a vacuum)
4. Read a book
- Check out books on tape from your local library or start a reading round robin. You can also do some creative story telling where one person starts the story and you move from one person to the next building on the story line.
5. Metal Cookie Sheet
- Bring along magnetic letters, numbers, or refrigerator words. You can also print out pictures or paper dolls and attach them to magnets (save outdated those outdated frig calendar magnets from your insurance agent/realtor/etc.).
6. Electronic toys
- Portable DVD players, handheld game systems, electronic learning games are all great distractions for road trips, plane rides or long waits at the airport
7. Small White Board
- Bring lap-sized white boards and plenty of markers for free-drawing time.
8. Car/Plane-friendly board games
- Look for portable versions of your favorite games (Apples To Apples, Jr. anyone?) or other no-board-required games like Headbandz and Bananagrams. Buy or print madlibs (google “free printable madlibs” for a wide variety) – always good for a laugh and helps your children build those literature skills!
9. Create your own artist portfolio
- Fill an empty DVD case with small paper and colored pencils for artistic creations or a rousing game of tic-tac-toe
10. Aluminum foil
- Visit your local dollar store and purchase a couple of rolls of aluminum foil. Tear off large and small pieces and let your imagination run wild!
….and an idea to keep parents sane…Print an “off duty” sign and hang it on the back of your car seat when you need a little break from all those “are we there yet?” questions!!
Check out some great free printables for road trip fun that can be adapted for the whole family at http://www.thedatingdivas.com/tara/the-road-trip-date/
For more information about the Moving Families Initiative, please visit www.movingfamiliesinitiative.com.