The Holiday season has arrived – and with it chaotic schedules and those terrifying car rides to visit family. Below you will find some fun activities and a few simple tips to help you arrive alive:)
1. Unplug! Yes, I said it dump the hand-held games and movies. Both are known to stimulate children. And do you really want an over stimulated child sitting in your backseat for 10 hours?
2. Bring healthy snacks like nuts, bananas, humus,veggies and water.(not too much water you do not want to have to stop 22x for potty breaks)
3. Allow each person to bring their favorite CD and have a sing off. No, I am not a huge fan of Taylor Swift but if Sophia wants to belt out “Shake It Off” and it stops her from belting her brother then I am all for a sing off.
4. Encourage your kids to bring one of their favorite books or surprise them with a special book for the car ride. We bought Logan Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul & Sophia The Magician’s Elephant she is a huge Kate DiCamillo fan.
Now, I asked some of my blogging friends to share some other fun coloring pages, puzzles and more to help keep your kids engaged. You might even be able to sneak in a few chapters of your favorite book. I will be bringing What’s So Amazing About Grace? ( a little light reading:)
Check these fun activities out:
Thanksgiving Coloring Pages Printable from More than a Mom of Three
Thanksgiving Day Coloring Book from Mom’s Madhouse
Thanksgiving Printable Pack Pre K-2 from Embark on the Journey
Bring some Thanksgiving Picture Books from Embark on the Journey
Sophia loves to cut things out, so I decided to get her started on these cute Thanksgiving Place Cards from Typically Simple.
Your holiday travel does NOT have to be a nightmare. As it is true with most things in life, our attitude and preparation will determine the environment around us. So, relax, pack early and have fun! You may even be lucky enough to drive past me as I am screeching out Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me.”
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