If you’ve done any sort of traveling with your children (or someone else’s children) you’ll be well aware that kids often need to be entertained when they are away from their home base. Not always, mind you. I know a lot of kids that can happily entertain themselves for hours – I love those kids!
We’ve been traveling for a long time now, so we’ve learned to make do with what we have on hand. Many families who are in the planning stages of their first big travel adventure plan to lug all kinds of items with them for their children’s entertainment, though. So I thought I’d share my ideas for keeping kids entertained when you travel, without bringing every single thing they own from home:
Stickers, sticky labels and colored pencils
alleviated by asking your child to find a red item to put their sticker on, or finding a smooth rock to suffer the same fate. Use your imagination – it’s what your kids like and it can easily pass time while you bond together at the same time.
It doesn't even have to be a beach day to get some collecting going. We have found all kinds of treasures exploring forests and fields all around the world. Then when you get home you can use these treasures to make a variety of craft projects or simply as decoration!
classics are a good idea too. For example, playing ‘I Spy’ but only being able to choose items of a particular color can be good for older children. Nothing is funnier than a game of ‘I Spy’ with a small child who doesn’t get the concept, either. Try it, you’ll see what I mean!
When the family has survived a particularly long travel day, or if one of your children isn’t feeling so well, you’ll be glad you took a few minutes to make notes of some easy ways to keep your kids entertained while traveling.