On Saturday we are packing up the van and heading to the beach. I’m so excited about the memories we will make this year now that the girls are older and more aware of what’s going on.
We have a 4 month old, a 2 year old and a 3 year old ; so being in the car for just a few minutes can be a little dramatic. It usually starts with Charlotte saying something completely ridiculous and it just offends Adelaide and she loses her mind. My plan for every car ride is to keep my 3 year old busy and my 2 year old happy. Since we will be traveling for 6+ hours, being prepared will be extremely helpful. I will be honest though; we will have our share of meltdowns and many opportunities to remind our girls to be kind.
Here’s what I’m bringing:
1) Interactive books: The girls really love books but when the book has something that they can do, they love it even more. We have a Dora book that has a drawing board attached, a princess look and find book, an ABC book with sliding pictures, and a book that has different buttons with their grandma reading the story.
We also have two Stuck On Stories books. These are one of my favorites to pull out for the girls when I need them to sit down and work on something. The figurines have a suction cup on the back that allows them to stick it to the page.
Nickelodeon Dora the Explorer Stuck on Stories Book
2) Regular Books: My 2 year old is really into “reading” the stories by looking at the pictures. It’s so cute!
3) Activity Books: We love sticker books because it keeps them busy by pulling off the sticker and putting it on the right page. They also enjoy invisible ink books, that allow them to draw with a marker but they don’t make a mess.
4) Small toys: Toys that make noise or light up but are still small enough to play with in the car. These are a few of the girls’ favorites.
5) Leap Reader Jr.: These allow the girls to listen to the story out loud and follow along as it reads it.
LeapFrog LeapReader Junior Book Pal, Scout
6) Of course you can’t survive a long road trip without snacks. We’ve got some animal crackers, carrot and strawberry fruit bites, applesauce pouches, and rice cakes. They will also have water to drink and a sandwich for lunch.
I will also have plenty of toys for my little man now that he is able to grab onto them. Also, I’m pretty sure that he is teething, so I’ve made sure that I have many different textures for him to chew on.
Lastly, we do have a DVD player in our car but since we will be on the road for so long, we wanted to have other options for keeping the kids busy. I’m praying for a nice ride and a fun trip!
Comment below and let me know how you survive a long road trip with young children!
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