New Haven, Conn. (WTNH) – Charlotte Smith a mother of four children, a former teacher and now a blogger talks about games you and your kids can make yourself to bring with you on road trips.
Road trips with small children can be exhausting, but hopefully these simple screen-free DIY activities will keep your children engaged and entertained for at least a portion of your drive.
1. DIY chalkboard
- Find an old metal tray or cookie sheet and give it a quick scrub to remove any dirt or grease. Go over with a light even coat of spray primer. Then give a couple of coats of chalkboard spray. Done. Easy chalkboard that your children can use on their laps in the car.
2. Magnet puzzle
- Because your chalkboard is magnetic, you can also use it for any number of magnetic games without worrying about the pieces rolling all around the car. OR you can make this magnetic puzzle… fine a small puzzle and simply glue magnets onto the back of each piece. You can find magnets at any hardware or craft store… I used a magnetic strip cut into smaller pieces.
3. Lego Challenge
- This is my daughter’s favorite and can easily be tweaked to work with older children. Grab a handful of lego pieces and start making them into various shapes. Take a picture of each shape until you have a nice variety. I printed these out at our local drugstore and put them onto a metal ring to keep them corralled. She loves flipping through the pictures trying to copy each shape.
4. A travel binder
- Right now it’s easy to find inexpensive binders because of all the back-to-school stuff in the stores… I printed out some mazes and some dot-to-dots, but you could include anything: color by numbers, word search, coloring pages… I also included some stickers and some blank sheets of paper. Finally, this handy pouch is a perfect spot to store your chalk and puzzle pieces or any other drawing/ writing tools your child enjoys.
5. On our summer roadtrips, we would always play the alphabet game. This is a super simple way for your children to enjoy the alphabet game without screaming out each letter as they see it. Take a paper plate and write the letters of the alphabet around the rim. Cut between each letter and your child can fold over as they see something beginning with that letter. For younger children, maybe start with just the letters of the alphabet, and for older children, maybe include digraphs like Sh or Ch…
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