How to Entertain Kids in the Car


Sometimes you’re stuck inside the car either on a short or long road trip with children and you do not have any idea on keeping them from getting bored. See below some ideas on how to keep kids from driving you crazy and how to stay clear from the, “Are we there yet?” questions. Here are tips on how to entertain kids in the car:

Steps

1)      Find something to keep them busy. For example bring a book for them to read or paper to write or draw on or a coloring book or a portable gaming console. However, do not opt for this if anyone of them gets motion-sickness. You can also bring random toys that the kids will enjoy playing with inside the car.

Entertain Kids  Car

2)      Turn up the radio. Everybody in the car can sing along with the songs on the radio. Or you can bring your own CDs with songs that the children like or audio books that the kids could listen to. Music is also a very good means to influence children’s mood, if they are getting too rowdy and unruly then put on some mellow music to calm them down.

3)      Play a car game. Here are samples:

  • Progressive storytelling – one person starts the story and another person will continue the story, the game is rotational so everybody gets their turn
  • License plate spotting game
  • Guess which animal game
  • Find-a-Car game

4)      Give story-telling a try. Use well-known tales or create your own story. The kids can even have their turn telling their very own made-up story.

5)      Make use of a portable movie player or installed entertainment system in the vehicle, if you have those. Movies are a great way to keep boredom at bay. But remember that looking at a screen for hours is not healthy for their young eyes and might even have other negative side effects. If you allow screens inside the car then make certain you in between the kids do other activities like books and puzzles. Do not do this if any of the children gets travel-sick.

6)      For older children, a laptop computer may work well, although a power inverter could be needed for drives that last longer than the battery life of the computer. This is also not recommended if any of the children gets car-sick.

7)      Bring something to eat. Food is a very good distraction for kid. Milkshakes are a good choice since they take longer to drink. Finger foods are also great car snacks. Keep food in a cooler or lunch box or bag that can be reached by the oldest child so that you will not need to turn around to give out the goodies while you are driving. Do not opt for this if any of the children has previously suffered from motion sickness.

Warnings

  • Make sure that the radio’s volume does not distract the driver. Also, do not bring toys that make loud noises so that you can maintain your focus on your driving.
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About the Author: Roberta Southworth is a psychiatrist by profession. She likes to help out people by writing informative tips on how people can to solve their family and relationship issues. She is currently staying in Ireland. She has 5 years of couple counseling experience.

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