My older kids also love to use write on placemats to learn on the go. As a homeschooling mother I love any product that sneaks in learning while under the guise of fun, so learning mats are a favorite of mine. Usable with crayons or washable markers, they are a great option in the car during trips. Just wipe off and start over!
|Advanced Subject Skills Learning Mats Set by Melissa & Doug|
Another great boredom buster is to play games. Long time favorites include I Spy, License Plate Games, Old Maid or a simple deck of cards. A deck of playing cards is small and compact, doesn’t take up much room in your glove box or purse and can keep kids happy for hours. Teach your kids how to play Solitaire or War and you are good to go.
Allow kids some control over what they bring with them when on the go. Depending on the length of the trip, my kids like to bring a favorite stuffed animal, reading materials, or their favorite audio books/downloadable games on the iPad or Leapster. There are thousands of educational games available to download so they will never run out of options. Do yourself a favor though and invest in a good pair of headphones!
Finally, nothing causes meltdowns faster than a hungry kid. A hungry kid (or mom!) is a problem waiting to happen. I like to keep water bottles and granola bars in the car so if we get held up at an event longer than planned we have a healthy snack available.
Taking a few minutes to plan ahead before you walk out the door really helps keep your kids happy and occupied when on the go. It is well worth the time!