On the Road Again!

Proverbs 20: 11-12
11 Even small children are known by their actions,
so is their conduct really pure and upright?
12 Ears that hear and eyes that see—
the LORD has made them both.

By: Melissa Pope

Planning a road trip for spring break? Thinking about your summer vacation? Don’t just resort to your vehicle’s TV/DVD player for entertainment for your children. A little bit of work on the front side can provide miles and miles of entertainment and interaction for you and your children. Here are some things I have found helpful.

I love, love, love almost everything at http://www.momsminivan.com/. We have used her printable game ideas (travel bingo, auto scavenger hunt and battleship are big hits in our minivan). Surely every family plays the alphabet game in the car. You can team up or make it a contest. Excellent practice for those little ones learning their letters and/or numbers.

Sing-along songs! I am proud to tell you that my girls know all 57 verses of Clementine. Not to mention Found a Peanut and On Top of Spaghetti. Singing is a sure boredom dispenser. It also creates a sense of family camaraderie as mom, dad and kids all sing silly or serious songs.

Fine motor ideas: on long trips pieces of aluminum foil can be molded into fun shapes. Pipe cleaners and straws fuel the imagination. A container of flarp is fun for travelers of all ages.

If you aren’t bothered by motion sickness you can read books aloud. All kids enjoy a joke book and hearing mom and dad laugh. Check out your local library before your trip. They often make travel bags for children that contain age appropriate books and books on CD or tape.

One more tip: talk to your kids! This is a great time to just talk. Here is a link to some questions you can ask your kids – . You can find even more by doing a web search.

I hope you find a few helpful things that make your trip more enjoyable!

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