As a parent there is plenty to think about and plan for, not least of all Saving for Your Child’s Education. If you’re taking a break soon and travelling with kids you’ll still need to do a little bit of planning before you embark. Hippo.co.za asked me to recommend some activities for the kids, so that there is minimal boredom, tears, frustration and tantrums.
If it’s going to be a road trip by car, ensure you have sufficient car insurance cover. Also ensure you have enough snacks for you and the kids. No one wants hangry parents or hangry kids on the road. Pack wipes and some plastic bags for comfort, and stop regularly on your journey to allow for some fresh air, and the proverbial stretching of the legs! Also, allow your kids to be close to any items of comfort, whether it’s a dummy, blanket, pillow or teddy bear.
Here are some of my favourite travel activities:
- Create a “scavenger hunt” for your kids for the journey. Stick pictures of landmarks or things you’re going to see onto index cards (one apiece), put them in a folder, and get your kids looking out for the items. Items will vary depending on the destination but might include nature finds, landmarks, public art, or eye-catching buildings.
- Create an “activity tray” with crayons, kokis, paper, colouring-in books, and even puzzles, building blocks, playdough and cutters.
- Try the good ‘ol favourite games such as “I spy with my little eye”, “20 questions”, and thinking of animals and objects using different letters of the alphabet.
- Throw a “party” in the car – dance or move to different types of music, or play charades, acting as different animals or people, while others guess what or who you are.
- Invest in some magnetic games for older kids such as checkers, noughts and crosses, and snakes and ladders.
If you have an iPad, load it with your child’s favourite apps or movies. If it means it will be a smoother car ride for everyone, then it’s not the worst thing in the world to resort to some tech. Some of my favourite apps include:
- Hoopa City
- My Little Suitcase
- Toca Mini
- Moody Monster Manor
- Road Trip Bingo
- A Family Matters
- Family Car Games
- Drawing Pad
- Disney Storytime
- 21 Animal Puzzles for Kids
- Endless Alphabet
- Bugs and Buttons
Above all, try to enjoy the time together as a family – one day when they’ve got their licences and family road trips are a thing of the past, you might long for the “I spys”, the songs, and all those road trip snacks.