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
This is a wonderful idea, but I'd be careful about including a harmonica! After who knows how many miles, it just might drive everyone in the car berserk! :)
I would like to add the little bottles of bubbles like you get for party favors. It kept my 7 year old and 20 month old entertained on a recent trip, and they're small enough that they don't make a mess.
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