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We had several games the kids enjoyed playing when they were younger and we were traveling. Most included winning money!
For car trips with kids, I make a "no boredom bag". It can be a backpack, or any bag, but ones with pockets are good. It depends on what age as to what you put in it, but I usually put the following for my 9 year old :4-5 coloring/activity books, a book to read, a small pack of crayons, a small pack of markers, a small magnadoodle, various snacks, a spillproof cup, wet wipes, some car games, and an mp3 player. Most of it can be bought at the dollar store, and can be mixed and matched according to the child's preferences and ages, and it solves the "are we there yet?" and "I'm so bored!" comments.
By blueflye from Idaho
Sometime before the trip, without letting your kids know, pack a small bag or sack with all kinds of "fun" things - silly putty, word search puzzles, balloons, candy, harmonica, small toys from kids' meals, crayons or markers and book, small binoculars - whatever you can find that will keep them busy and that won't be really messy. Include any small toys that they haven't played with in awhile. But, don't let them see what you are packing!
Then, when you have played all the sing-a-long games and everything else is getting old and they're saying "I'm bored!", pull out the "bored bag!" You can pack one for each child so they don't fight over it, but try to include a wide variety of things.
By Patti from Farmington, AR
To make a magnetic puzzle for traveling, use a cookie sheet and stick a magnet onto the back of all the puzzle pieces in the box. That way when you're traveling, your child can easily work on a puzzle without pieces moving all around or getting lost. They will stay put on the cookie sheet.
By Coville123 from Brockville, Ontario
Anyone who has to pick up their kids or grandkids from a childcare situation after work knows that the ride home can sometimes be filled with whining and complaining as the kids are tired and hungry. I have eliminated that problem with my little grandson by always bringing one special toy or book with me when I go to get him. He is very happy to see what came along for the ride and now spends the short ride home busy in play or looking at pictures. It's a much more pleasant ride home.
Before starting any vacation or car-travel, go to a good $1 store and pick out 5 small quiet toys for each child. Then give these to them one at a time throughout the trip instead off buying trinkets at each stop along the way. This will not only keep your children occupied, but will save you all kinds of money. You can even use these toys as "bribery", as in "If you keep your voices down and don't fight with your sister for the next hour, I have a new toy for you.
By Cyinda from near Seattle
Buy some of the new clipboards that have a compartment in the bottom. Fill with paper crayons and car games. Some car games can be found on the internet and just printed out.