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Road Trip Activities For Kids

A family road trip with kids…. It made me a bit nervous at first…the thought of a long drive with kids! No matter if you are taking a long drive like we are with the kids or travelling by plane, train or getting out of town by any means necessary… We wanted to share some ways to cure the boredom and ultimately the whining so you don’t end up needing/wanting a vacation after your vacation. Our particular road trip was to take the family to a fun, hot and sunny beach! So where better than to drive to Virginia Beach! It’s not “just” for lovers you know! Traveling from Toronto, Ontario Canada to Virginia Beach, USA is approximately 11-13 hours by car. BUT with kids, there is the inevitable whining, fights, and ultimately boredom… so from my experience, here are some inspirational ideas for road trip activities for kids.

 

Our Checklist for Boredom:

 

1. Getting the kids or yourself engaged in the craft of actually writing a letter! Surprise your friends, family, or whomever by handwriting a letter from the road—postcards are especially in right now!

Hello Floral Boxed Notes, Set of 14
Hello Floral Boxed Notes, Set of 14

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Scribble It!: 30 Postcards

Scribble It!: 30 Postcards

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2. Kids or adult coloring books. Keeps all of us busy, and what adult doesn’t love to colour… there are new cool options! Coloring is both calming and mentally clarifying.
Crayola Shopkins Giant Colouring Pages

Crayola Shopkins Giant Colouring Pages

$5.95 (CAD, Chapters Indigo)

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David Bowie: Starman: A Coloring Book: A Coloring Book

David Bowie: Starman: A Coloring Book: A Coloring Book

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3. Clean up your inbox…Kids get rid of games on your ipads or devices you no longer use (save memory on devices)

This might not be a lot of fun…but when you have lots of time on your hands…why not!

4. Play broken telephone line! It’s fun and kids really get a kick out of it. One person makes up a short story and tells the next person and they tell the next person and so on until the last person tells the story they were told out load. Its funny to see how things get distorted from person to person…can be somewhat educational:)

5. Read, watch a movie, play an game on your device! If you are not prone to car sickness, and let’s hope you are not if you planning a road trip! The trip will fly by when reading or a movie or game is involved. For the car sickies, we suggest a book on tape, so you can listen to your book rather than read it. Its easy to download before your trip onto your ipod, ipad or tablet. Or pick up a great book, or download a good movie for yourself or the kids!

6. On a plane or train…have a drink with the people around you… It allows you to be social and have fun.

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7. Learn something new. If you’ve been wanting to learn French or Spanish, plug in your headphones. Always a fun choice if you are too busy to learn during your daily life.
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8. Journaling. Both you and your kids can benefit by taking time to record where you are going and what you are doing. “Write about the most amazing moment of your trip so far,” “An anecdote about your interaction with locals” “What new friends have you met”… Make it interesting and creative so you can share it online or share with your class at school…

Retro Vintage PU Leather Cover Loose Leaf Design String NoteBook Diary Journal Travel Gift (Red)

Retro Vintage PU Leather Cover Loose Leaf Design String NoteBook Diary Journal Travel Gift (Red)

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ZLYC Vintage String Mediterranean Style Anchor Loose Leaf Handmade Refillable Leather Journal Notebook, Brown

ZLYC Vintage String Mediterranean Style Anchor Loose Leaf Handmade Refillable Leather Journal Notebook, Brown

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