Travelling with Children
I was really excited when I logged into twitter just in time for the weekly #playfest twitter chat. Admittedly I haven’t joined in recently, but the topic was travelling with children and this has been playing on my mind recently.
We’re going on holiday next month and will be spending a significant amount of time in the car/ferry over to France. I’m not looking forward to it as our 21 month old daughter is either great in the car or awful (mostly the latter). I’ve been racking my brains for keeping her amused to make the journey tolerable for her and the rest of us.
First and foremost is making sure that she’s going to be comfortable which includes not being too hot or too cold. We have the usual sun shades on the windows, but whilst recently browsing I found these great whole window shades from Outlook.
We’re huge fans of the Trunki Range and I’ve got my eye on a Trunki Snoozihedz. In fact add one of everything to the shopping list! (and if you head on over to the Trunki website there’s oodles of tips for travelling including games to play and how to deal with Motion Sickness).
I was going to make up a little bag with some goodies in that might tempt her into being contented for the journey and here are some of the great ideas that I’ve come across:
Travel Toy Ideas
For the Littles:
Finger Puppets – Used in conjunction with nursery rhymes or stories (including funny voices of course).
Aquadoodle Travel – Even the big ones might like this to play noughts and crosses or hangman
Magnetic Games or Fuzzy felts
Leapfrog Leap Pad – We have one of these but haven’t fully explored it, and not sure if our nearly two year old will be able to use it or if it will get flung in temper.
Colouring books and crayons – A great staple for long journeys. Add to that some stickers.
Audio Books – Dependent upon your little ones taste.
For the Big un’s
Monopoly Deal – It’s a card version of Monopoly. Our son got it for Christmas and I have to admit that it took a fair few reads of the instructions before I quite got the gist of it, but once you get the hang of it its’ a really good game. Not complicated and can be completed in under five minutes.
Travel games – I’m not personally a fan of these as the pieces are tiny and often get lost.
Books – Joke books are great for older kids as long as you can tolerate it.
Pad and pencils – great for hangman, noughts and crosses, lines etc
I-Spy – Of course the ultimate car game!
Clue Game or Twenty Questions – Pick a topic, so for instance Animals and the questioner can ask questions to help them guess the animal that you’re thinking of. Our favorite topics are animals, food and people.
Cats Cradle – Do you remember playing this as a kid. You know, with the string. I was Ace at it, but not sure that I can remember how to do it now. One for Youtube maybe.
Counting Cars by colour etc. First to spot 10 red cars…….
Portable DVD Player
If you’re lucky enough to be the owner of a tablet then age appropriate apps may be a good way of keeping the peace. If it were mine, the kids would have to fight me for it though!
And if you’re really lucky they may even sleep for the majority of the journey!!
A huge thanks to all the people that joined (and gave me lots of food for thought) in the #playfest twitter chat hosted by Al Boxall-Gordon a.k.a @izziwizzi – #playfest is an open online discussion about play ideas, toys and brands which happens every Tuesday evening 8.30 – 10pm. Check out the Izziwizzi Kids Facebook Page for more details.