As I mentioned in this post of “12 Creative Solutions for Surviving Car Trips with Kids” I made sure to pack my favorite LARGE 31 utility tote with tons of different activities to keep my kids entertained on our recent trip to Texas. Each set of activities were packaged in large gallon ziplock as I expected the kids to ALL participate in the activity at the same time. My sister packed her own version for her daughter so that she wouldn’t feel left out.
- Sticker Face books: I picked mine up at Wal-mart, however, Melissa & Doug carry quite a variety of fun ones for kid’s. These always provide lots of giggles and fun.
- Bubbles for blowing at the toddler, balloons for making small balls, and a paper version of Battleship, which a friend found online.
- Fidgets and “goo”: The fidgets are amazing and while I purchased them online on eBay, you can find them at Target. They are 10 movable squares that for some reason keep all of my children entertained. They try to see how many things they can make from them. The goo was a $1 spot Easter Target find and again, kept them busy for quite awhile. I purchased it at their request and they were dying to play with it on the trip so I saved it for the afternoon when the trip is the hardest. WARNING: two of my triplets got the goo on their pants. While it was washed from the cotton leggings, my sons jeans were not so lucky.
- Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Coloring Pads & Water WOW! Book: these were a stocking gift from Christmas that I bought especially for this trip. They come with their own markers which are easily stored in the lid. The kids loved these and when the trip was over we had a fun decoration for our dining room window. The Water Wow! book is an easy way to entertain a toddler without the mess. Just add water to the large “marker” and ta-dah fun colors and pictures appear.
- Crayola Color Wonder-My kids love markers and I love Crayola’s Color Wonder! Buy your kids their favorite characters, some Color Wonder markers and BAM! Coloring fun! We chose “Sophia the First” and “Power Rangers” for this trip. Sometimes I also include blank Color Wonder paper, so they can create their own pages. One of the reasons I love this product is because their is no mess with the markers. No hands/faces are colored. No extra papers/books/seats/clothes end up with markers on them.
- Usborne sticker books: these are my favorite sticker books for many reasons including: durability, lots of different types and levels to chose from, easy to remove stickers, and after they’ve stuck all the stickers they can stick they are left with a pretty neat book because Usborne includes a story on each page.
- Coloring books/crayons: nothing beats a good coloring books…I snag all of my coloring books at the Dollar Tree.
- Crayola Color Alive: These are fun to color and then with the Crayola app, kids can watch their creations come “alive.”
- Printable USA maps with clipboard: the clipboards were dual purpose to hold these maps and provide a hard surface for their art. We played state license seek-n-find and colored the states in as we found them. Pinterest has great ideas for printouts. I actually REALLY LOVED this because as a homeschooler my kids were learning geography and state names. And since the kids were busy, I was entertained looking for new license plates the whole trip. It really helped with driver boredom!
- Silly Monster match game and Usborne Travel book: the monster games are like travel bingo with windows to open and close. I only had 3 of these and age-wise were more appropriate for the triplets so I included this fun-filled travel game book for my 9 yr old.
- Travel bingo
- Plain drawing paper and stickers: this was an ingenious idea from my sister who bagged random stickers into baggies for the kids which the kids stuck to the paper and added their own drawings or just provided more sticker fun.
These are what I packed for our recent trip. If you are going to be going on a long trip in the future be on the look out for art supplies on clearance, small toys at after-holdiay sales and seasonal items at the dollar store. All of these are great ways to stock up without killing your budget.
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