Over the years I have tried lots of different resources to keep our children entertained. Here are a few of our favourites:-
- Magnetic dress up games such as this one from Tilda and Tom - I love how these are all in one box meaning it sit's perfectly on a child's lap and they can easily keep all of the bits together.
- 50 things to do on a car journey cards - I used to sell Usborne books and these cards are definitely still favourites of ours. There are 50 different cards each featuring a different game or activity which will keep little ones entertained for a good few hours.
- Sticker books - We will always purchase a new sticker book before a long journey as they are a mess-free and easy way to entertain children. Sticky dolly dressing and annual type books have worked well for us in the past.
- A fully charged iPad - If all else fails, you can't go wrong with a fully charged iPad. Fill it with new movies and educational games before you leave.
.............and what not to do
A few years ago I read somewhere to make little presents for children on a long journey. Visit your local pound shop and buy a few bits and bobs, wrap them up and give your children a new gift to unwrap every hour. Not only did this cost a small fortune but it also created a huge mess with wrapping paper all over the car! Plus the 'gifts' were not designed with longevity in mind and only kept my children entertained for a few minutes at a time. Definitely a waste of time, effort and money and not recommend!
Waste of money!
I would love to hear your experiences of long car journeys with children and what works/doesn't work for you.