How can I keep my child entertained on trips?

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Denise - posted on 05/15/2010

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2 yrs ago we took our first plane trip with my 6 yr. old. I was not sure how she was going to do. So I packed a back pack of her own, I brought a color book and crayons. a couple of her toy horses, a DVD player and her favorite blankie. She did just fine on a 7 hour flight.

Morgan - posted on 05/13/2010

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i have a 2 yr old and i got him the leapfrog alphabet thing and another one for numbers. he loves them and when hes tired with those he has cars and a color wonder note pad and a couple markers to play with. that usually keeps him occupied pretty well.

Monica - posted on 05/11/2010

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If you keep the varity on your kid won't get board, and neither you...
We use the DVD player. The discovery kids jumbox MP3 player, he listens or we all sing.
The leapster 2 from leapfrog. We play "i spy...", Bingo of the road, and (we show and explain the traffic signs); We rhyme: "i see a red car, it's going very far; the truck is stuck, etc". We use a traveling tray for play dough, magic markers from crayola. And if he does each activity he gets a sticker, or a happy face, that you he could redeem for something more special, ie ice cream.
Good luck, and Happy trip!!!

Erin - posted on 05/11/2010

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Hey there... We have done MANY roadtrips in my fam. The best thing we, I mean SANTA, could have done was get my girls who are now 4 and 5 their own mp3 players. They were really inexpensive at Dollar General (didn't want to spend real money on a toddler) so we paid 10 dollars for each. Each mp3 player hods up to 250 songs and they LOVE them.... that a portable DVD player that they know how to operate keeps them busy. We tried the coloring book and dry erase marker board thing... didn't work so well... I am still finding marker tops to this day and the markers dried out quickly... hope this helps!

Erin

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Monica - posted on 05/14/2010

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I make things for them, like for example, use dental floss that way if it gets swallowed it won't harm anything, and make them a necklace out of cheerios or fruit loops, or let them make it in the car. Also if we travel with the dog, I let our daughter hold her (its a small chihuahua) which usually stops the crying once we have to say goodbye to Granny lol A dvd player (with headphones) lets her watch Alvin and the Chimpmunks over and over! hope this helps

Tammy - posted on 05/13/2010

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Amy, on our last really big trip, I told all 5 that I had things for them to do and I would hand out different surprises as we went along. First encouraging them to ride nicely, get along and play games by looking out the window. When they were especially good or getting a little board I would pull our an activity or snack. We found a kids' atlas, age specific and specific to where we were going, pictures and puzzles. I also made up baggies with all the parts to crafts like beads and an elastic string, and a piece of paper, glue stick and foam shapes, card stock, colored pencils and an envelope. Also small bags of different snacks, things we don't usually have so it was a real treat. I notices you asked about inexpensive trips. We always did trips that included state parks and camping near historical sites and amusement areas, We're from NY and they have great state parks, and Canada's Provincial Parks are beautiful!

Sonya - posted on 05/13/2010

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the best thing I have found when all else fails, is a travel dvd player. It makes those long trips go by fast for the kids while they watch their fav. movie

Crystal - posted on 05/13/2010

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I would Travel at Night, so ur child can sleep. Your child will get bored with the games after a while, especially if the trip is long. If u MUST travel during the day, I would take the DVD advice, bring some GREAT movies that will entertain ur child, even add snacks. Also My 5yr old daughter has a Leapfrog, sort of like a portable videogame, she loooooooooooves that thing! I travel frequently and our ride is 6hours. She plays with that thing the whole way, all I have to do is switch games at rest stops. Here is one more piece of advice that may work, DISNEY soundtracks. Boy-Girl...you name it... works like a charm, we have all volumes. Hopes this helps :)

Amanda - posted on 05/13/2010

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We travel a LOT! I have a 5 year old, 2 year old and a 9 month old. For the older two we get a basket (if ur flying take a carry on bag) and fill it with toys like barbies, cars, books, etch-a-sketch and I usually find this at walmart but there is a "water" coloring book. You fill the little "paint brush" with water and they "color" the page with it and the picture shows up all colorful and it dries back to being white in a matter of minutes. It entertains them and my van (or plane) doesn't get a crayola makeover. And we too have the portable dvd player (for our long road trips) but I try to limit them to watching 1 movie, then its play time or nap time. We also stop at a rest areas or play areas at a fast food places (every 4 hours is our goal) so that they can get their energy out. GL with your trip

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Riding in the back definitely works and an ipod is a suggestion. Download movies and educational videos.

Ashley - posted on 05/12/2010

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I do many of the things already named - I often drive alone on 9-11 hr trips with my son, and we have taken him on 2 15 hour trips over the Atlantic. We DO use the mini DVD player, but it's our last option - he takes his own backpack of books that have buttons to push (noises or counting, etc), he has a pretend camera, we have our favorite music that we sing to, we play I spy "I spy a barn", etc - point it out for the little ones... Also, I let him sleep - put on the quiet music and let him sleep.

Annie - posted on 05/12/2010

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I bought my little one a vsmile handheld for our trip, he loves it, and since it is a learning activity also thats an even bigger bonus, also if you are driving lots of rest stops so that they can RUN RUN RUN, that helps alot also.

Lisa - posted on 05/11/2010

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I didnt see age.... How about I spy for the "older" kids. Play tell me what you see with the younger ones. That is what me and my grand daughter do. Gets her thinking and asking "whats that?"
I love it!

Kris - posted on 05/11/2010

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We travel A LOT in our family, just recently going from coast-to-coast. We always try to make our trips as educational as possible like when going from Michigan to Oregon, we took the Oregon Trail and stopped often. Each child gets their own camera to snap pictures along the way, and we have our little games, the alphabet game and Red Car are the most popular because it's engaging for all ages. Red Car is a counting game played between stops.. sort of like I Spy.

Sarah - posted on 05/11/2010

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i always bring magazines, my daughter is 2 and she loves looking at all the babies in the toy r us magazine. hehe and its thick:)

Leron - posted on 05/11/2010

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We play 'The Shouting Game' (since they sometimes scream anyways...) We shout things that we see out our windows TREE, SIGN, TRUCK, COWS, ETC. Then it transforms to the whispering game and everyone's giggling and sick of screaming! If you can't beat em'-join 'em!

If we go on a LONG trip (like when we went from central NE to San Diego in 2 1/2 days) I buy little gifts and wrap them up. LIke a new horse or toy car or something like that. He gets a new one when he starts to get restless. It really works like a charm. Note: He only gets one if he's been good. No fits, no being naughty. And we get out and RUN!!! every couple of hours.

Also if your little one is in diapers still Huggies Overnights work really really well!

Alyssa - posted on 05/11/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and I have a mini-dvd player for the car trips that are really long. Then, to give him a break, I usually see something out the window up ahead and ask him to point it out when it comes by.

If it's a plane ride, I bring plenty of toys and colors. He's pretty content with that.

Good Luck!!!
~Alyssa
www.sandamaliska.blogspot.com

Jennifer - posted on 05/11/2010

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Bring some music for you all to sing along to if you're in the car. If you're on a vacation then try to fit in some activities especially for your child.

Lisa - posted on 05/11/2010

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We play the alphabet game. which is you start with "a" and work your down to "z" by watching signs and or businesses. for example: a= applebees or alabama which ever sign or business you see. its very fun and a learning experience. we also play "i'm going on a trip and i'm taking with me" which is another alphabet game. Both are fun and learning experience.

Becky - posted on 05/01/2010

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Play!!!! Ride in the back with them!! Take turns driving! (if you husband will let you)

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