There is nothing that spoils a journey more than kids squabbling or misbehaving in the back seat of the car, so you need to make sure they’re sorted before you hit the road.
While kids are usually happy to look around and take an interest at the beginning of a journey, they soon get bored as the minutes tick by and the kilometers clock up, so make sure they have plenty of activities to occupy their minds. For example, give each of the children a bag containing pencils, pens, crayons etc., as well as a pad of drawing paper. Apart from what they do when left to their own devices, you can ask them to draw something and say you’ll give the one with the best drawing a prize. You can also tell them the beginning of a story and them ask them to invent the middle and ending, and write them down and read them out.
Kids are always hungry, but you don’t want to be stopping too often, so take along a supply of snacks and drinks that can be handed out regularly. However, make sure all the items are easy for the kids to handle and won’t spill or make a mess.
It’s a good idea to take a break every couple of hours so that the kids can get out, stretch their legs and go to the toilet. Try and stop somewhere where they can let off steam so that they’ll be more prepared to sit quietly once you’re back on the road. You don’t have to stop for long, and a few short breaks are better than one long one. When it comes to lunch, either take a tasty picnic with lots of their favorite foods, or call in at a roadside café. Most kids love eating in a new place and it’ll give them something to look forward to.
Road trips with kids may seem like a daunting experience, but as long as you plan ahead so that they don’t get bored and have plenty to keep their minds occupied, the journey should go off without any hitches.
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