Is it crazy that sometimes I enjoy planning for road trips as much as the actual road trip? I feel like it is my motherly challenge to keep my boys entertained & force them to love not only the family trip but the drive as well. So much so that when they grow up and get married that they still want to go with us sometimes. I know I am a little ahead of myself since they are only 4 & 2 but time flies & it is never to early to plan!! Even though Scotty thinks I am crazy.
Car Bucks? Yes Please!!!
They can be earned by being kind, content & happy.
3 car bucks = a treat
These nifty Target Dollar spot felt buckets that are hanging by yarn from their handles are where they store their hard earned car bucks. They constantly knew how many car bucks they had and how many more they needed to get 3, yes I snuck a Math lesson in there.
Their treats ranged from Halloween Bingo
Halloween scratch tablets
Traveling Coloring Books and Tracing letters tablets
These lap trays were so handy!
Car Rule: Only Educational videos (except on long road trips)
The boys chose 5 non-educational videos from the library to watch on the trip. Why 5 I do not know because they only wanted to watch 2 over & over, to say the least Scotty & I can sing the theme song to both The Avengers cartoon and Lion King.
Kase loves Scavenger hunts & the car scavenger hunt was no different. (Actually it was Bingo but we turned it into a scavenger hunt)
Are We There Yet?
I never heard this question, instead I heard "can I pull one off","can I pull one off""can I pull one off""can I pull one off?"
But it was a fun gauge at how long we had to go. Each hour we pulled a number letting them know how many hours left. Hours don't register to them so for Knox it was 4 umi-zoomie cartoons & for Kase it was 4 more Batman's.
My kids are major snackers!! 2 lunch boxes loaded with different snacks to choose from made my kids content & they snacked as they pleased. I always try to stick some fun snacks in that they might not get often. Note to self: pack Scotty snacks next time he is as bad as the boys.
The drive to Wisconsin was very scenic. The changing of the trees (insert Science lesson), & the coolest old barns.
When there is nothing else left to do, they always find a way to entertain themselves.
Like shoving their feet through the head rest and kicking me in the head. Which was probably the thing Knox enjoyed the most after all my planning.
So after me twisting, pulling, reaching , & getting car sick from my rear up in the air trying to pick up things they dropped. I would say these are a few things that worked 4 us.