- Â Reading a book series out loud:Â Each summer we gravitate towards a book series to read aloud together. Â Reading during the car ride burns the miles quickly Â for us.Â Each child will join in on the reading, which gives them reading practice as well. Â Some great series that we have enjoyed together are The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson & the Olympians, and Harry Potter. Â This summer we are going to check out Peter & the Starcatchers and the Kingdom Keepers.
- Â Taking a picture in front of each state sign:Â Obviously, use caution when doing this, as some state signs are a bit difficult to get to. Â We always like to try to catch the signs at the Visitor Centers.
- Twenty Questions:Â I have compiled a list of interesting questions to engage my family in discussion various time through out the day. Â Fun questions like, “If you could be a superhero, who would you be and why?” and “Would you rather be a window or a door?” to more serious once, ” What is one thing you would get rid of in the world today?”. Â I can’t wait to see inside my kids’ heads! Â I always find that some of our best conversations come form silly questions like these.
- License Plate Map:Â I am providing each of them with a blank map of the United States. For each different state license plate the kids see, they get to color in that state on a map. Â This is also a great want o practice states and capitals as well (bonus!).
- Â Audio Books:Â We downloaded a few kid-friendly Audio books from our local library onto our iPhones & iPods – now the kids can listen to their own books too. Our local library has Playaway Audiobooks that we can check out. Â These are great as all you need is a battery and a set of headphones to listen to them.
- Journals:Â Each child is presented with a new, clean journal as we start our trip. Â My daughter loves to document the journey, while my son likes to doodle or play word games in it. Â If they claim they are “bored” I whip out a few math problems or give them a writing prompt to create some thoughts.
- Â Toddler Bag: I do also have a 3 year old, where many of these activities are not going to work for him. Â To keep him from constantly asking to watch a movie, I have a bag filled with new toys, books, snacks, and other fun trinkets to keep him busy. Â The dollar store is a great place to pick up inexpensive items.
- Â Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt:Â The kids are given a list of 20 things at the beginning of the trip that they should keep their eye out for on the drive – each worth different points – the idea is to have easy & hard ones, the more creative, the better. Both have iTouches to take pictures with, so it is easy to judge at the end of the day.
- Â Family Trivia:Â My hubby & I have come up with a series of trivia questions about all of our relatives – “Which famous gun-fighter is Grandpa Smith related to?” Â “Which Aunt sky-dived on her 50th Birthday?” Â A great way for the kids to learn more about their relatives!
- Â Blog our Journey: As we travel, I am going to hand over my laptop and ask the kids to help me blog about our travel fun. Â With a little prompting from mom, I am thrilled to have them write about their perspective of our traveling adventure.
- Â Personalized CDs –Â I have made a CD for each family member with all their favorite songs. Â We will bring them out throughout the drive and allow them a chance to “guess” each song as we play it. I also can’t wait to ask them why they like their particular songs, yet another way to learn more about one another.
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