So you have done your homework. You have considered the needs of your children and family, and you have bought the perfect family vehicle. And with the summer right around the corner, you are now ready for a road trip. Not so fast! Anyone who has ever driven extensively with children will know how important it is to keep them entertained throughout the drive. Not only will your children appreciate this, but doing so will also make driving much easier. Nothing says distraction quite like a bored child stirring up some fun on his own. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of some strategies you can use to ensure that your children enjoy the journey as much as they do the destination.
Fun and Appropriate Apps
It is 2018. As uncomfortable as it might make some folks, most kids these days have their own smartphones and tablets. These devices were quite literally made to provide entertainment in any location, so why not take advantage of this ability? Before you hit the road, browse around the app store and take a look at any fun (and educational, if you are ambitious) apps that might satiate your child’s need for fun. Simple yet strategic games like Doodle Jump provide fun for all ages, while more familiar titles such as Taboo (adapted to iPhone of course) allow other passengers to jump in on the fun. Your phones are there to entertain you. A little preparation can ensure that they succeed in this.
Your Old CD Collection
Depending on the age of your children, it is likely that they have never even seen a compact disc, let alone owned one. Luckily, most cars still come from the manufacturer with a built in CD player. If you are looking for a way to bond as a family, then look no further than your old collection of CD’s. Sure, you might have to dust them off from the attic, but few things can bring together a family quite like a song. This can also be a great opportunity for you to share an old favorite artist with your children, educating them on musical history and creating a new singalong tradition in the process.
License Plate Lingo
This game is an old one, and like the best games out there, it is so simple that a four year old could play it. To play, you examine the license plate of a nearby car and attempt to explain the significance of each random letter. For example, IVC could possibly stand for “Igloo Vacuum Cleaner” (not the best answer in the world, but you get the gist). The winner is whoever can come up with the most ridiculous acronym, and trust me, you will be amazed by the ridiculous things your children are able to come up with.
When all else fails, pop a favorite DVD into the player, and let the film do the rest of the work. Sure, this might seem like an obvious idea, but sometimes the best solutions are the most obvious.