Heading away with children over the long weekend?
If you’ve got a long road trip ahead of you, here are a few bright ideas for keeping your family entertained on the road. And whatever your plans this weekend, whether you’re staying home or heading away, have a fun and safe weekend!
1. Turn traffic, landmarks and sights into games
Pick a few sights and make a game of getting everyone to spot these during the drive (you can make this age appropriate for your children). These could be vehicles, landmarks, plants or animals you’re likely to see. You could play I spy or even make up your own sight-spotting game – see who can spot the most yellow cars or ask your kids to choose something to look out for!
2. Make an entertainment pack
Sticker books, word games or Sudoku for older kids, or even origami make for great car-trip entertainment. All the better if you can make your pack special with items they haven’t seen before or haven’t used in a while. Add books (try the library for new reading material) and if you have any travel or card games that aren’t too unwieldy, pop them in too! Younger children might enjoy bubble mixture when you stop the car and stretch your legs.
3. Take some family talk time
Make some time to talk. How you do this will depend on the age of your children but you could start by telling a story about a road trip you took when you were a child or something else you enjoyed when you were a similar age to them. Then ask if they can tell you a story (you could all make one up together if they can’t think of something that really happened). You could also ask everyone in the car to say what they’re most excited about doing when you get to your destination.
4. Get audio-tastic
If you have capability to use a device to play music or audio in the car, add some items for your kids. Before you head off, ask each of your children for their favourite songs and add them to your car playlist. The library is also a great resource for children’s audio books and CDs if your car has a CD player.