Posts Tagged ‘travel’


(Family Activities) Alphabet Game

Car games are a great way to pass the miles, but they also provide an opportunity for fun family interactions and lasting memories. What was your favorite road trip activity as a child?

The Alphabet Game is a fun and classic road trip game. To play, each player silently works through the alphabet (in order) by finding each letter outside somewhere (possibly on a sign, store front, or license plate). The player to finish first, wins!

Variation #1: For younger children, you can work through the alphabet together and out loud. This is a great activity for practicing letter recognition!

Variation #2: Work your way through the alphabet by finding an object that starts with each letter.

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(Just for Mom) The Mommy Survival Kit

My husband jokes that our minivan is my over-sized purse. In all honestly, that’s not too far from the truth. Between the french fries under the seats and the stash of toys that constantly take over the space, we could probably effectively live out of the van for a week. Okay, well maybe I’m exaggerating a little, but I have intentionally set up the van to be our home-base away from home. Life happens, especially with kids around, and I want to be prepared.

Enter the “Mommy Survival Kit”. Purchase a soft-sided cooler and filled it with all sorts of items necessary for survival away from home. Most of the items are not things that you will need all the time, but when you do need them, there is no replacement. You can purchase most of your kit contents from the travel-sized product section of Target or Wal-Mart or the dollar store.


Here are a few ideas for items that you could add to your kit:

Scissors, tape, first aid kit, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, nail clippers, umbrella, makeup, calculator, pens, pad of paper, gum/mints, brush, comb, deodorant, mirror, travel toothbrush, sewing kit, tissues, Q-tips, sunscreen, hairspray, lotion, chapstick, stain remover pens, small tools, tape measure, granola bars or other packaged snacks, ziploc bags (various sizes), trash bags, travel games or other small toys, hair clips, etc.

Whether it is bandaging a wound, wrapping a present, touching up your makeup, or applying an emergency coat of deodorant, your Mommy Survival Kit will become your trusty side-kick when you are away from home.

*Tip – They also make great gifts!


(Classic Play) Toy Catalogs

ToyCatalogsToy catalogs can flood our mailboxes during the holiday season. But instead of tossing them in the trash, turn this free resource into hours of entertainment for your kids! Set the catalogs aside and save them for your kids to look through. They will spend hours pouring over the pages and dreaming. Do you remember doing the same thing as a child? It is classic!

For an added activity with the catalogs, the child can cut out their favorite toys and glue them onto a piece of paper.

*Tip – Save these magazines for road trips or other times when quiet entertainment is needed.