The planning for our long ride began a few weeks before we left. I found many great ideas I hoped would keep the kids occupied in the van online and came up with a few of my own, too. I was excited to see what was a hit and prayed our kids would enjoy the trek across the U.S!
To help with the big countdown, I had the kids make a paper chain. Each morning one of them got to take off a link. They really enjoyed watching it get smaller and smaller!
|Making a paper chain|
|Lap Desks With a Light|
My youngest son loves cars. Using a cookie sheet from The Dollar Tree, I created this road (and train track on the opposite side) so he could drive magnetic vehicles and trains as we were driving down the road. It worked out pretty well!
His other favorite activity was my sticker book stash I purchased from Usborne. He is three, and can have a difficult time sticking with anything for long, but these are a favorite. Several times throughout the trip he pleaded for his "homework." I truly cannot recommend these enough!
|The Coveted Sticker Book!|
Lastly, I packed a small bin I kept behind my seat with the following items:
-a roll of toilet paper and paper towels
-a box of Kleenex
-gallon Ziploc bags (for car sickness)
-a few old rags
-a bag of batteries and little screwdrivers (for toys needed help!)
My goal was to be prepared for most anything that came our way unexpectedly. This trip was pretty uneventful. I am looking forward to more road trips in our future and using some of these ideas again!