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Long Car Trips With Kids (listen and read books)

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1. Posted by Dustty (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

When travelling with kids try using listen and read books.
Pop the CD into the player and hand the kids a book.
You get peace while they learn to read.:;)

2. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 9y

Never take a cross country trip with a kid that just learned to whistle.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

License plate bingo was always a great game for long road trips. When I was a kid, they had a little travel-sized box set of cards which had built-in slides to cover each plate as you saw them. Now you can print off templates and create your own cards. (It wasn't a game for short trips as you just saw your own state's plates over and over and over and over...)

Never travel with a child who has just learned a whole new list of knock-knock jokes...

4. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 9y

Singing travelling with kids is a perfect time to loosen the vocal chords and sing! WARNING - this can quickly becoming irrating and lead to muderous thoughts!

- never travel with children who have had lots of junk food and sweets before getting in the car - or at least carry sick bags! On second thoughts maybe never travel with kids! (JOKE)

5. Posted by Ladymacwil (Full Member 170 posts) 9y

Anyone ever play the "Alphabet Game"? On signs, trucks, etc. you announce you've found an "a", (which no one else can take), then proceed to finding a "b" all the way through "z".

We used to also play "Barn-Yard Poker" where you divide into two teams with each team claiming one side of the road. For every cow spotted it was worth a penny, sheep worth two, horses worth a nickle, deer worth a dime, antelope worth a quarter, etc. The losing team paid the difference to the winning team. Come to think of it, Mom and Dad were always on the losing team with us three kids on the winning team. I never really realized at the time that they were pretty much just paying us to shut up!

I have to agree with the books on tape though. Only problem there is when you hit your destination and the kids ask you to drive around in circles until the story ends!

I also used to do this little "trick" when my boys were young of playing classic books on tape when they were cleaning their room. A few day's later my son had a test on Sherlock Holme's "The Black Adder", where he aced the test. I was remarking to him how well he did when he said; "Mom! Don't you remember how the footsteps sounded while going up the stairs...?", and starts giving me an "audio replay" I thought, my goodness his reading has improved until I realized...he actually listened while cleaning his room.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Ladymacwil

Come to think of it, Mom and Dad were always on the losing team with us three kids on the winning team. I never really realized at the time that they were pretty much just paying us to shut up!

My first thought - how many people were in that car??

We used to play the alphabet game and it was just my mother and me - my dad had to "watch the road".