After taking a little road trip solo with my three boys this week, I felt it was high time to share our favourite activities that keep everyone in our car happy (enough) and keep that burning question “are we there yet?” at bay.
Eye Spy With My Little Eye
This one has been a good ole favourite for decades! When catering for younger kids who can’t yet spell, we adapt the game to spot something of a particular colour and introduce letters in due course.
50 Things To Do On A Journey
We don’t leave home without this little pack of cards full of fun games and activities. Our favourites are;
- Who Lives There? (this one is great if you are stuck in slow moving traffic!)
Someone spots a house and then everyone adds their thoughts about who lives there including the owner, their pets, what they like to do etc
- In My Backpack
Start with “In my backpack I have …” followed by an object, then the next person repeats the first sentence and adds another item. Eg, “In my backpack, I have a soggy sandwich, then “In my backpack, I have a soggy sandwich and a teddy bear”. The sillier the better. We usually have something slimy, something smelly and something dirty in our stories – one of the joys of an all boy family.
I have a friend who swears by Paul Jennings CD books for her boys. She says it keeps them quiet from Point A to Point B and we are LOVING that! There is a huge range of CD books available for kids of all ages. You can even get them personalised.
On our way home yesterday, with three tired little fellas in the back seat I put on our Sleep Stories CD and they were sound asleep within minutes.
I have also learned the hard way on solo parent trips that everyone must take a “wee stop” before departure and that everyone has their water bottle and some snacks handy.
Oh, and don’t forget your sunnies!