Are you planning a holiday road trip this winter? What better time for family bonding during your drive. Here are some ideas for those of you with young children.
* Make sure your children take time to enjoy and learn about the scenery. Point out the different types of scenic views you may encounter when entering a new area: mountains, cliffs, hills, forests, oceans, lakes, etc. Have the children name the animals they see, especially ones they may not see in their own hometown.
* Teach your kids the classic holiday songs. They may have some modern songs to teach you as well! Bring a holiday CD along so the family can sing together.
* When the children have had enough of the scenery search and the songs are all sung, it may be time to open a surprise gift. A doodle board (like Magna Doodle) is great for long drives. The children will enjoy unwrapping their special gift and then can play with their new toy.
* One game that our family enjoyed was to make up a story. My husband would start the story. When he stopped, I would add to the tale with something silly and funny. Then the children would take turns adding their own parts. This is a fun game for great imaginations!
* The alphabet game: Find each letter of the alphabet (in order) on billboards, street signs, license plates, etc. If you are in a rural area, this could take some time to complete.
* Cloud Search: Search the sky for clouds that have the shape of an animal, shoe, tree, etc.
* The Thankful Game: Everyone takes a turn mentioning something they are thankful for.
Put the DVD’s away (at least for a little while), spark your children’s imagination, and your road trip will be a fun memorable beginning to a great family holiday!